England pipped to senior title

Defending champions England were pipped to the title on countback in the weather-hit Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Southerness, Scotland.

England and Ireland both lost out on game points to Scotland, after the three teams tied with two match wins apiece after the stop-start tournament.

Scotland, who had a storming finish to the event with a 6.5-0.5 win over Wales, triumphed with 15 game points. England were runners-up with 13.5 and Ireland took third place with 12.

Storm Ali impacted on the championship, with the second day’s play lost to the extreme weather conditions. A change to the original format was then agreed with two sessions taking place on the final day, consisting of seven head-to-head battles.

England had won on the opening day, beating Wales 6-3. But when play resumed they lost 5-2 to Scotland, before beating Ireland 5.5-1.5 in the final session.

This was Scotland’s first win in the championship since 2014.

The England team, captained by Roy Smethurst, was:

Ian Attoe, Worplesdon, Surrey

Stephen East, Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire

Trevor Foster, Accrington & District, Lancashire

Richard Jones, Rotherham, Yorkshire,

Rupert Kellock, Sunningdale, Berkshire

Richard Norton, Beverley & East Riding, Yorkshire

Richard Partridge, Wildernesse, Kent


Image courtesy Scottish Golf