England boys make a winning start to title defence

Marco Penge

England made a winning start to the defence of their Boys’ Home Internationals title today, beating Wales 10½-4½ in testing conditions at Conwy Golf Club, Caernarvonshire.

The team won 3-2 in the morning foursomes when the decisive match turned out to be the top tie between England’s in-form Marco Penge and Jamie Li, who won on the final hole.

The team’s other foursomes points were scored by Will Enefer and Harry Hall who put the first point on the board for England with their 6&4 win, and by Max Martin and Matty Lamb who won 5&4.

The afternoon produced a very strong singles performance from England, with the team winning 7½ points from the 10 matches. Penge (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Enefer both won again while the team’s other points were contributed by Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Charlie Strickland, Billy Spooner, Toby Briggs and Rhys Nevin-Wharton, who was a 7/5 winner. Jamie Li halved his match.

Team manager Derek Hughes, remarked: “It was a good, all-round performance by the team. The foursomes were close but the boys came out in the singles with a determination and focus which showed in the result.

“The highlight for me was that all the players contributed to the overall score and I’m especially pleased for those who are playing their first Home Internationals.”

In the day's other match Scotland beat Ireland 10-5. Tomorow England will play Ireland.

England team: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Matty Lamb (Hexham) Jamie Li (Bath), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa), Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).

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