English debutants dominate singles to defeat Swiss Girls in under-16s

England Under-16 girls team stand on the green

England’s international quartet of Lydia Cryer, Louise Burke, Lottie Woad and Rachel Gourley dominated the singles play against Switzerland to emerge victorious from their under-16 international match.

It was an inexperienced England squad selected in the fixture with both Cryer (Nelson Golf Club, Lancashire) and Burke (Broadstone GC, Dorset) making their international debuts, while Woad (Farnham GC, Surrey) and Gourley (Arcott Hall GC, Northumberland) were building on their fledgling careers.

The nerves told at the start of the day’s play in the foursomes as the pairing of Gourley and Woad lost 1up to Chiara Sola and Margareta Roos while Cryer and Burke were held to a halve by Marie-Caroline Viscolo and Marine Rouveyrol as the Swiss team took a 1.5 – 0.5 lead.

However. after some re-grouping from the team during the lunch break, the English girls came out roaring and stormed the singles play with each player emerging victorious to secure a dominant 4.5 – 1.5 team victory.

Gourley began the fightback with a 1up victory over Roos before Woad, Cryer and Burke all won convincingly by at least two holes to maintain England’s excellent recent record in this fixture.

National Girls’ Coach, Mark Day, said: “There was definitely an element of excitement, nerves and anticipation from the girls at the start with it being a new experience for them. They came up against a stronger Swiss team than before which was good for the girls.

“Our girls showed some nerves and three-putted the 18th to halve the second foursomes but we re-grouped in the afternoon and committed to personal standards which they delivered 100%.

“They didn’t let the occasion overwhelm them, they kept cool, player their golf and I couldn’t ask any more of them.”

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