Foursomes wins provide early advantage

Kerry Smith Adrian Mylrea

Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire took the early advantage in the second day matches at Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk.

All three won their foursomes with defending champions Gloucestershire beating Hampshire 2-1 in the top game; Buckinghamshire defeating Suffolk, also 2-1; and Yorkshire winning 2.5-0.5 in their match against Nottinghamshire.
Gloucestershire’s top pair of Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan won four of the first holes and polished off their game 6/5. But the other two games were decided on the 18th.
Hampshire had suffered a whitewash yesterday but Kerry Smith and Adrian Mylrea ensured there would be no repeat today when they took the team’s first point, winning 1 up.
However, Gloucestershire’s Ebonie Lewis and Grace Connelly came up the 18th 1up and held on to their slender advantage with a solid par.
Buckinghamshire’s Victoria Bryan and Thalia Kirby were also quick starters and won on the 13th while Alice Koslowski and Georgina Bowers were always in charge and claimed their point 3/2. But Suffolk’s Lils James and Abbie Symonds won 5/3 to keep the hosts in touch going in to the singles.
Yorkshire’s Hannah Holden and Charlotte Heath were the first to put their point on the board, playing confidently to a 4/3 win, but the other two games were tight battles.
Nottinghamshire’s Rachel Boulton and Libby Kilbride found the first chink in Yorkshire’s armour when they snatched a half in the top game. They were one down playing the last but, thanks to Kilbride’s mastery of the slopes on a daunting putt, they won the hole with a par.
Behind them, Olivia Winning and Megan Lockett birdied the 16th to get ahead in an extremely close game and then won the 17th to take their point.