England ward off Wales in tense Home International opener

England’s Senior Ladies have made a winning start to the Home Internationals series in Ireland.

In tough and challenging conditions at County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, England eked out a narrow 4.5 – 3.5 victory over Wales.

Honours were even after the three morning foursomes matches – Bromborough’s Caroline Berry and Julie Wheeldon from Wakefield putting a point on the board while the pairing of Helen Lowe (pictured above) and Aileen Greenfield halved their match.

The outcome of the day then hinged on five afternoon singles and England prevailed with three precious wins.

Worthing’s Paula Carver won by a hole after a tense match with Welsh rival Jane Rees.

Lowe – from Scraptoft – repeated that slender winning margin in defeating Julie Thomas.

Greenfield’s victory was more resounding as the Pyecombe member polished off Sharon Roberts by a score of 5&4.

In the other game, hosts Ireland kicked off their bid to claim a hat-trick of titles with a 5.5-2.5 win over Scotland.

Tomorrow, England will face Scotland hoping to win and set up a final day showdown with the host nation.

Photograph credit: Leaderboard