England’s U16 girls hit top form to beat Switzerland 5-1 in their international at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire.
The four England players – Martha Lewis, Hannah Screen, Lily May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson – dominated from the start and between them amassed 24 birdies and an eagle during the day.
They shot par or better to win both foursomes and then withstood a strong Swiss challenge in the singles. Humphreys, the English U16 girls’ champion, sped off to a big win but the other three matches were tight.
Screen, who has just won the Scottish U16 title, was involved in a game which included birdies on 14, 15, 16 and she bowed out on the 17th despite making a birdie two.
Lewis took an early lead in her game but the momentum swung to her Swiss opponent on the back nine. However, Lewis fought back to win down the last.
Williamson, the English schools’ champion, was dormie two up, but lost the 17th to a chip-in birdie before pulling off a great sand-save to secure the win on the last.
Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, commented: “This is exactly the kind of competitive experience that we want the players to have and it replicates the battles they may face at the Europeans and Home Internationals. We witnessed a lot of fight from both teams and good golf.
“The whole day was fantastic, a huge thank you to Pannal, Anthony Abraham and the referees for making it happen – and of course to Nora and her Swiss team.”
Lily May Humphreys (Channels) & Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) beat Yael Berger & Olivia Tamburlini 3/1
Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) & Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) beat Elena Moosmann & Lily Hürlimann 1 up
Screen lost to Berger 2/1
Lewis beat Tamburlini 1 up
Williamson beat Hürlimann 2 up
Humphreys beat Moosman 6/5