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Michael Saunders and Jamie Rutherford
16 August 2013

Honours even leaves title in balance

It was honours even in this morning’s crucial title clash between England and Scotland on the final day of the Home Internationals at Ganton, supported by Fairstone Financial Management Ltd, while Ireland built a decisive lead over Wales.

The Scots drew first blood against England when Grant Forrest and Scott Borrowman extended their unbeaten records with a 3 and 2 win over Toby Tree and Callum Shinkwin.

The England pair won the first two holes but were pegged back to 1-up at the turn. A Scottish birdie at the short tenth levelled the contest while the Scots won the next two holes to take a firm grip which they extended at 15 before completing a 3 and 2 victory.

Graeme Robertson and Jack McDonald added to Scotland’s tally by beating Ben Stow and Craig Hinton by two holes, but England got on to the scoresheet when Paul Howard and Ryan Evans overcame Matthew Clark and Alex Culverwell 3 and 1.

The final two games went to the final green. There was little to separate Michael Saunders and Jamie Rutherford for England (image©Leaderboard Photography) and Ewan Scott and James Ross throughout but on 18, the Scots took three to reach the fringe of the green but a par in regulation earned the English pair the point.

In the bottom game, Harry Casey and Nick Marsh built a three-hole lead after 14 holes over Daniel Young and Bradley Neil and seemed on course for a win. But they three-putted the 16th, missed a short putt for a half on 17, then on the last, both pairs were bunkered.

They escaped first time but while the English pair took two putts for bogey, Young holed from five feet for par to grab an unlikely half and leave the score 2½ – 2½.

In the other match, Ireland built a decisive 4-1 lead in the foursomes which they needed if they are to have a say on the destination of the title.

In the top game, Dermot McElroy and Kevin Phelan trailed early on to Ben Westgate and Matthew Moseley but they turned it around to win by one hole as did Gavin Moynihan and Reeve Whitson in game two over David Boote and Jason Shufflebotham.

The Irish pair led from the third hole, were 2-up after six but the Welsh had pulled one back by the turn. However, McElroy and Phelan took the 11th and 13th, the latter with a birdie, but again the Welsh fought back, winning three holes -in-a-row from 14.

Although the 17th was halved in bogeys, a conceded birdie on 18 saw Ireland home.

Ireland’s other two wins came out in the country. Brian Casey and Rory McNamara took the lead on the fourth against the Jones boys, Alastair and Lee, and were always in front, winning 3 and 2, while Gary Hurley and Cormac Sharvin did the same although it was a close affair on the front nine with the Irish 1-up.

But they increased that at the short tenth while another win at 16 sealed their victory.

The Welsh success was gained by Michael Hearn and Craig Melding, who won the first two holes against Paul Dunne and Jack Hume. The Welsh pair also took the ninth to be 3-up and increased that at 11 only for Dunne and Hume to birdie 14 for their lone success before Hearn and Melding took the 15th for a 4 and 3 win.   

For more information, full scores and photos visit the Home Internationals website.

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