England’s girls retain Home Internationals

England beat Wales 5-4 in a tense title decider to successfully retain the Girls’ Home Internationals at Ballybunion, Ireland.

The team’s standout player was Amelia Williamson of Royal Cromer, who had to pull out of last year’s championship with gastroenteritis, but returned this year to take six points from six games.

England captain Janet Melville said: “It was a very tight match and the girls played brilliantly. I am delighted that we have retained the title. Amelia Williamson was outstanding in winning all her six matches.” This was England’s tenth win in 11 years.

In the first two matches England halved with Ireland and beat Scotland 7-2. Wales meanwhile, had halved with Scotland and beaten Ireland 5.5-3.5.

In today’s showdown England won the foursomes 2-1 and this proved decisive when the singles were shared 3-3.

In the afternoon, Martha Lewis clinched her game on the 18th for a one hole win over Carys Worby and then Hannah Screen beat Darcey Harry by two holes. Williamson provided the third singles point with a 5&3 win over Ffion Vineall.

Ffion Tynan, who had a 100% record from five matches, won the top game for Wales 3&1 against the previously unbeaten Caitlin Whitehead, while Lea-Anne Bramwell and Eleanor Willis, who won the final match against Mimi Rhodes at the 18th, added the other points.

In the other match, Ireland beat Scotland 5½-3½ to finish in third place, just losing out on Wales on games won for the runner-up spot.

In the women’s Home Internationals, Scotland beat Ireland 6-3 to win for the first time since 2010. England were runners-up, having lost to Ireland 5-4 on the first day, then beaten Scotland 5-4 and Wales 6½-2½.

Team captain Elaine Ratcliffe commented: “It was so close. Scotland deserved to win and I am just delighted by the level of golf that everyone played all week.”


Girls’ team:

Charlotte Heath, 16, (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)

Ebonie Lewis, 17, (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire)

Martha Lewis, 18, (St George’s Hill, Surrey)

Mimi Rhodes, 16, (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset)

Hannah Screen, 18, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire)

Amelia Williamson, 18, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk)

Caitlin Whitehead, 15, (Carus Green, Cumbria)


Women’s team:

Lianna Bailey, 21, (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire)

Georgina Blackman, 22, (Chelmsford, Essex)

India Clyburn, 21, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)

Sammy Fuller, 19, (Roehampton, Surrey)

Lily May Humphreys, 16, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex)

Hollie Muse, 18, (West Lancashire, Lancashire)

Nicola Slater 18, (Lindrick, Yorkshire)

Full scores can be found here

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