England came oh-so-close to regaining the Women’s Senior Home Internationals title at Llandudno (Maesdu) Golf Club, Wales – but lost out to defending champions, Ireland, on countback.
The two teams tied 4-4 after England’s Cath Rawthore won her match with a superb 18th hole birdie. But Ireland had won 18 individual games to England's 16½ and they add this success to the European title which they won in Slovenia a few weeks ago.
Ireland edged ahead in the foursomes in the title showdown, winning two of the three morning matches. They followed up with two big singles wins to secure the title.
But English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye won a hard fought game and Cath Rawthore and Katherine Russell – both playing their first season of international senior golf – ensured the day’s result was halved.
England captain Pat West said: “The whole team did really well and it’s good to think that we weren’t beaten this week. Ireland retained the title on countback, which is a much better scenario for us than being beaten.”
Wales beat Scotland 6-2 to finish third in the table. For Scotland it was the Wooden Spoon.
DAY THREE RESULTS
IRELAND 4, ENGLAND 4
S McElroy and C Wickham bt Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) 2 and 1.
S Corcoran and L Webb bt Caroline Berry (Bromborough) and Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 2 and 1.
H Jones and P Doran lost to Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) and Cath Rawthore (Sale) 3 and 1
McElroy lost to Dye 1 hole.
Wickham bt Quinn 7 and 5.
Doran lost to Rawthore 1 hole.
G McMullen lost to Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest)3 and 2.
Webb bt Berry 5 and 4.
SCOTLAND 2, WALES 6
F De Vries and S Wood lost to A Lewis and J Rees 6 and 5.
L Bennett and M Smith lost to J Doleman and P Fernon 1 hole.
A Glennie and A Bartlett lost to D Richards and V Thomas 3 and 3.
Glennie lost to Rees 3 and 2.
Wood bt Doleman 3 and 2.
M Hughes lost to Thomas 3 and 2.
Smith bt Richards 2 and 1.
Bennett lost to Lewis 3 and 2.
02 October 2013
England take on Ireland in title showdown
England play Ireland tomorrow in a ‘winner takes all’ finale to the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Maesdu, Llandudno.
Both teams have won their first two matches of the series and the outcome of their head-to-head will decide the title.
Today, England beat Scotland 6½–1½ with every team member unbeaten and contributing to the scoreline. “They all played fantastically well,” said team captain Pat West.
“Now, it’s all to play for tomorrow. We need to win, a half won’t be good enough, and the whole team is up for it.”
In the day’s other match Ireland, the defending champions, beat Wales 6-2.
ENGLAND 6½, SCOTLAND 1½
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) bt M Smith and S Wood 3 and 1.
Amanda Mayne (Saltford) and Caroline Berry (Bromborough) bt F De Vries and A Bartlett 1 hole
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) and Cath Rawthore (Sale) bt A Glennie and M Hughes 3 and 1.
Singles (3½ -1½)
Dye bt Smith 2 and 1
Berry halved with Wood
Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) bt L Bennett 5 and 4.
Rawthore halved with Bartlett
Mayne halved with Glennie
WALES 2, IRELAND 6
A Lewis and J Rees lost to S McElroy and C Wickham 2 and 1.
D Richards and V Thomas bt H Jones and P Doran 4 and 2
J Doleman and C Harries lost to S Corcoran and L Webb 6 and 4.
Lewis bt Corcoran 2 and 1.
Rees lost to Wickham 3 and 2.
P Fernon lost to McElroy 6 and 5.
Doleman lost to G McMullen 2 and 1
Harries lost to Webb 6 and 5.
HOW THEY STAND
Ireland 2pt (14-2), England 2pt (12½ -3½), Scotland 0pt, Wales 0pt.
FINAL MATCHES THURSDAY
Three foursomes and five singles each match
8.30 and 1.10: Scotland v Wales
9.00 and 1.50: England v Ireland
01 October 2013
Great start for England’s senior women
England produced a strong finish to secure a convincing 6-2 win over the hosts, Wales, on a windy opening day of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Llandudno Maesdu.
The team were 2-1 ahead after the morning foursomes and, after good singles wins by Amanda Mayne and Caroline Berry, they had four points in the bag and could not be beaten.
But, the winning point looked elusive for a time when both Chris Quinn and Sue Dye were one down after 16 holes. However, they both finished in style, each winning the last two holes, with a par and a birdie apiece, to emerge as one-up victors.
England captain Pat West commented: "It sounds very comfortable but it was so close with both Chris and Sue standing one down on the 17th tee. They were both brilliant, winning the 17th and 18th in an incredible finish.
"It was extremely windy today and playing conditions were really difficult so the whole team did very well indeed."
In the day’s other match Ireland began the defence of their title with an 8-0 whitewash over Scotland.
WALES 2, ENGLAND 6
Ann Lewis and Jane Rees lost to Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) 5 and 4.
Denise Richards and Vicki Thomas lost to Caroline Berry (Bromborough) and Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 3 and 2.
Janet Doleman and Christine Harries bt Cath Rawthore (Sale) and Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) 4 and 2.
Lewis bt Melville 6 and 5.
Rees lost to Quinn 1 hole
Pamela Fernon lost to Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) 1 hole
Richards lost to Mayne 4 and 2.
Thomas lost to Berry 3 and 2
IRELAND 8, SCOTLAND 0
S McElroy and C Wickham bt A Bartlett and A Glenning 2 and 1.
H Jones and P Doran bt M Smith and S Wood 1 hole.
S Corcoran and L. Webb bt L Bennett and F De Vries 5 and 4.
G McMullen bt Bartlett 1 hole.
Corcoran bt M Hughes 3 and 1
Jones bt De Vries 1 hole
Doran bt Wood 3 and 2.
Webb bt Smith 2 and 1.
England v Scotland
Wales v Ireland