England’s girls are in seventh heaven

England girls Stroyan Cup winners 2014

England have won the Girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh year in a row, securing their victory by beating Wales 7-2 at Donabate, Ireland.

They added it to their earlier successes over Ireland and Scotland for a perfect scoreline of three wins from three matches during the tournament. “It was a great day,” said team captain Chris Pascall.

Today they got off to an ideal start by winning all three morning foursomes. Then English girls’ champion India Clyburn continued the charge with a 6/5 win in the top singles.

More points were added by Alice Hewson and Sophie Lamb, while Hollie Muse and Emma Allen halved their games. Hollie fought back from three down with birdies on 13, 15 and 17 to secure her half point.

Every member of the team contributed to the overall victory, with India achieving six wins from six outings. Sophie Keech and Hollie Muse were unbeaten in their matches.

Afterwards India commented: “It’s awesome for England to win seven times in a row and I’m so happy to be part of the winning team this year.”

Among the team’s supporters in Ireland were India’s sister, Holly Clyburn, and Hannah Burke – both former England internationals who now play on the Ladies European Tour.

The team was: Emma Allen (Meon Valley, Hampshire), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire), Inci Mehmet  (Wentworth, Surrey), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill, Surrey). Captain: Chris Pascall (Hartlepool).

The team is pictured with the Stroyan Cup (image © Ladies Golf Union). Standing from left: Sophie Lamb, India Clyburn, Sophie Keech, Chris Pascall (captain), Alice Hewson, Lizzie Prior and Emma Allen. Kneeling: Inci Mehmet and Hollie Muse. Front: coach Scott Godfrey.

England v Wales

Foursomes
India Clyburn & Sophie Keech beat Jordan Ryan & Lucy Jones 3/2
Hollie Muse & Inci Mehmet beat Angharad Evans & Bethan Morris 3/2
Alice Hewson & Sophie Lamb beat Megan Lockett & Georgia Lewis 1up

Singles
Clyburn beat Nicola Wainwright 6/5
Hewson beat Jones 3/1
Muse halved with Ryan     
Lizzie Prior lost to Morris 4/3
Emma Allen halved with Lewis     
Lamb beat Lockett 3/1

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8th August, 2014

England lead in Girls’ Home Internationals

England play Wales today in the final match of the Girls’ Home International at Donabate, Ireland – and they need just a halved result to confirm their seventh successive win in this championship.

The team beat Scotland yesterday 6½-2½ for their second win from two matches. Meanwhile, the hosts, Ireland, took their first point in emphatic style, beating Wales 8 ½-½. Wales also have one point on the table, having beaten Scotland on the opening day.

In yesterday’s match England and Scotland shared the foursomes points, thanks to the fighting qualities of Alice Hewson and Sophie Lamb. They were four down after seven holes but, thanks to four birdies, they managed to get back on level terms and eventually halve their game.  
 
The team (pictured courtesy LGU)  again demonstrated their strength in the singles, winning five of the six available points. English girls’ champion India Clyburn led the way with another determined performance – she was two down with five to play and won four of the remaining holes, finishing with a birdie, to succeed 2 up.

Foursomes
India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) & Sophie Keech (Parkstone)  beat Clara Young & Shannon Mcwilliam 5&4     
Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) & Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) halved with Lauren Whyte & Connie Jaffrey     
Emma Allen (Meon Valley) & Lizzie Prior (Burhill) lost to Heather Munro & Hazel MacGarvie 4&3

Singles
Clyburn beat Young 2 up    
Hewson beat Mcwilliam 4/2                                   
Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) beat Jaffrey 6/5                               
Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) lost to Whyte 5/4            
Allen beat MacGarvie 3/2      
Keech beat Munro 2/1      
 

6th August 2014

Girls start title defence with a win

England began their campaign for a seventh successive win in the Girls’ Home Internationals by beating hosts, Ireland, 5-4 at Donabate.

The team lost the morning foursomes 2-1 as Ireland, supported by a large crowd, displayed the better short game skills. But then England produced an excellent singles performance, winning three matches, halving two and losing just one.

“They really did perform this afternoon,” said team captain Chris Pascall. “It was very, very good.”

India Clyburn, the new English girls’ champion, and Sophie Keech, last year’s titleholder, secured the team’s foursomes point. India led the way in the singles with a 4/3 win and was quickly followed by Alice Hewson and new cap Lizzie Prior, who also won their matches. Hollie Muse and Sophie Keech both made halves to give England the necessary point for victory.

“It was very exciting. The Irish wanted to win on home soil and it was anyone’s game,” said Chris. “There was a very good atmosphere and our team pulled their socks up and did very well.”

Tomorrow, England will play Scotland who lost 7-2 to Wales in their opening game.

England results
Foursomes
India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) & Sophie Keech (Parkstone) beat Mary Doyle & Olivia Mehaffey 3&1
Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) & Emma Allen (Meon Valley) lost to Julie McCarthy & Niamh McSherry 3&2
Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) & Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) lost to Chloe Weir & Ciara Casey 4&3                     

Singles
India Clyburn beat Mary Doyle 4&2              
Alice Hewson beat Olivia Mehaffey 3&1    
Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) halved with Annabel Wilson
Lizzie Prior (Burhill) beat Chloe Weir 4&3
Sophie Lamb lost to Mairead Martin 2&1    
Sophie Keech halved with Niamh McSherry     
 

6th August 2014

England girls start Home Internationals defence

England’s girls start their defence of the Stroyan Cup at the Girls’ Home Internationals at Donabate Golf Club in Ireland today – and they’re aiming for their seventh successive win.

The team (pictured courtesy LGU)  includes two new caps: Emma Allen of Meon Valley in Hampshire and Lizzie Prior of Burhill in Surrey. They were selected at the end of last week’s English girls’ championship, alongside Sophie Keech of Parkstone in Dorset, who was a member of last year’s winning team.

The other five players, who were selected earlier, are India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Alice Hewson  (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) , Sophie Lamb  (Clitheroe, Lancashire);  Inci Mehmet  (Wentworth, Surrey), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire). The team will be captained for the fifth time by Chris Pascall of Hartlepool.

Today, England play Ireland who will be hoping for home advantage this year, with the matches taking place at the home club of the legendary Irish amateur Mary McKenna from Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th August. Scotland, the last country to win before England’s recent run of victories, will be looking  for a first win since 2007 when the team included 5 players who now star on the Ladies’ European Tour, while Wales is still to record its first ever victory in the round robin series of matches.

Trish Wilson, LGU Chairman, said, “Playing in the Girls’ Home Internationals has often been a springboard to a top amateur and even a professional career. It introduces talented young golfers to the excitement of playing golf for their country, and allows them to match their skills with those of their peers from the other nations. The matches are always competitive and, above all, it’s great to see the enjoyment that the players get when they win points for their team.”

The other teams are

Ireland:  Ciara Casey (Hermitage), Mary Doyle (The Heath), Mairead Martin (Killarney), Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little), Niamh McSherry (Lurgan), Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies), Chloe Weir (Shandon Park), Annabel Wilson (Lurgan), Captain – Darragh McGowan

Scotland: Mirren Fraser (Powfoot),  Joanne Free (Gullane),  Connie Jaffrey (The Ladies Golf Club, Troon), Hazel MacGarvie (The Ladies Golf Club, Troon), Shannon McWilliam   (Aboyne), Heather Munro (Monifieth), Lauren Whyte  (St. Regulus), Clara Young (North Berwick), Captain – Laura Walker

Wales: Sadie Dewinton-Davies (Aberdovey),  Angharad Evans (St Pierre), Lucy Jones (Wrexham), Georgia Lewis (Llanishen), Megan Lockett (Huddersfield), Bethan Morris (Tenby), Jordan Ryan (Newport), Nicola Wainwright (Rhuddlan), Captain – Kay Bradbury

Caption: England team from left, back row: Emma Allen, Lizzie Prior, Alice Hewson, Sophie Lamb, Hollie Muse; front row: Inci Mehmet, Chris Pascall, India Clyburn, Sophie Keech.