England’s boy under 16 golfers have enjoyed a triumphant autumn on the fairways, winning all three of their Home Internationals as well as beating Spain in a mixed match.
The highly skilled squad began with a 10-2 victory over Wales at Oswestry in September, winning all eight singles after sharing the foursomes 2-2.
Then it was on to St Andrews for the match with Scotland earlier this month which resulted in an 11½ – 3½ victory for England.
All five foursomes were secured while the England boys won six of the ten singles and another was halved.
The third match was played at The Links Portmarnock over the weekend against the Irish and again England came out on top, this time 13-3.
Just half a point was dropped in the morning four foursomes before all four afternoon four-balls were won.
That meant England led 7½ – ½ going into the eight second day singles in which five victories were achieved along with one half.
“The boys did very well and it’s very pleasing to see the strength in depth we have in England Golf,” said England Boys Manager Derek Hughes. “Some of these lads are in the under 18 squad while others are on the fringe so these were very creditable performances where everyone played a part.”
Over the three internationals, Harry Hall (Cornwall), Lewis George (Cheshire), Chris Handy (Co Durham) and Will Enefer (Shropshire & Herefordshire) each won six of their seven games. Matty Lamb (Northumberland), who wasn’t involved in the Welsh match, won all five of his games against the Scots and the Irish.
In the earlier mixed under 16 match with Spain at Heswall, England won 10-2, dropping just one point in the eight singles, while England’s under 16 girls won 2up overall from their four singles against the Swiss.
Image caption: Matty Lamb competing in the England v Ireland U16, 2013. Image copyright Ronan Quinlan