England moved a significant step closer to regaining the title when they beat Wales 7-2 on the second day of the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club in Northumberland.
The reigning senior men’s European champions go into their final match against Scotland as the only team with a one hundred percent record after the Scots lost 6-3 to Ireland on the second day.
That means that England will claim the title if they win their last match.
England beat Ireland 6-3 on the opening day and maintained their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over the Welsh which started when Ian Attoe and Alan Mew combined to win their foursome 2 & 1 against Phillip Sutton and Richard Jones. Rupert Kellock and Tim Whittaker lost by one hole against Andrew Williams and Mike Hayward before Rich Jones and Richard Norton edged England one point ahead with a 2 & 1 win over Nigel Evans and Colin Jones.
Attoe lost the opening singles 3&2 against Nick Grimmitt but Paul Wharton, Kellock, Mew, Norton and Jones all won to take England to the brink of completing a memorable double after also winning the European Senior Men’s title in Denmark last month.
Ireland made amends for their defeat against England by beating Scotland by the same margin. The Irish won the morning foursomes 2 ½ – ½ and went on to collect 3 ½ more points in the singles. The Irish play Wales on the final day.
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