England’s brave fight ends in tight title decider

England U16s 2017 quadrangular

England’s spirited fight in the U16 boys’ quadrangular international matches ended in disappointment when they were narrowly beaten by Ireland in the title decider.

The two teams went head to head on the final day at Prestatyn, Wales, having both beaten their previous opponents, Wales and The Netherlands.

England took the upper hand in the morning, winning the foursomes 3-1, and with nine holes left to play in the singles were still in a strong position. But the Irish players pulled out all the stops over the closing holes to win 6.5-5.5 and take the title.

England coach Rob Watts remarked: “Ireland played great on the back nine and they deserved to win. We were obviously disappointed not to get over the line but there are lots of positives to take from this.

“It was a really good experience for a young side and I am sure we will see some of these boys playing Home Internationals for England at U18 level.”

He praised the way they adapted, both to the strong winds on the second day of the round robin and to links golf, which was a new experience for some of the boys. “They had to learn different shots, particularly with their control around the green and they had to adapt pretty quickly!”

Earlier in the competition England beat The Netherlands 9.5-2.5 and Wales 9-3.

England’s man of the match was Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) who had a perfect score of six wins from six games, teaming up with Tom Gregory (Stoke Park, Berks, Bucks & Oxon) in the foursomes.

They were joined in the team by: Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog, Cambridgeshire), Jake Craddock (Sleaford, Linconshire), Enrique Dimayuga (Cuddington, Surrey), Matthew Freeman (Worksop, Nottinghamshire), George Leigh (Trevose, Cornwall) and Callum Macfie (Lindrick, Yorkshire).

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