Ireland crowned champions in Home Internationals


England’s disappointing performance in the Home Internationals continued when they were beaten 9½ – 5½ on the final day at Southerndown in Wales.

That left them without a victory and in fourth and bottom place for the first time in many years as Ireland regained the Raymond Trophy.

Having tied with Wales and been beaten by the Scots, England needed to finish with a flourish against the Irish but it wasn’t to be.

The foursomes saw Ireland take a 3-2 lead with only the pairings of Tomasz Anderson and Ashley Chesters and Adam Chapman and Seb Crookall-Nixon emerging victorious.

That required a fightback in the singles but it didn’t materialise. With Ryan Evans losing the top game 5 and 4 to Walker Cup man Gavin Moynihan and Chesters going down 6 and 4 to Jack Hume prospects looked bleak. That was European Amateur champion Chesters’ only defeat after he had won his previous five games.

Anderson then completed his fifth win by beating Dermot McElroy by one hole but Brabazon Trophy winner Ben Stow completed a forgetable week for the Wiltshire golfer by losing by the same score to Chris Selfridge.

Harry Casey produced England’s largest win with a 5 and 4 success over Robin Dawson, while new English champion Nick Marsh beat Colin Campbell 4 and 2.

But the last three games went to the Irish, Chapman and Paul Kinnear each losing 2 and 1 to Cormac Sharvin and Paul Dunne respectively while Luke Johnson was defeated 5 and 4 by Gary Hurley. The other game saw Daniel Wasteney secure a half with John Ross Galbraith.

For full and final scores visit the Golf Union of Wales website.

Photo of Harry Casey copyright Leaderboard Phototgraphy.