Home Internationals: Treble glory for England’s golfers

England today pulled off a fantastic clean sweep of the trophies at the 2021 Home Internationals.

On a day of drama at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, the women, senior men and women and girls’ and boys’ squads held their nerve and holed the putts to make it a hat-trick of silverware successes.

First over the line were the women’s squad thanks to a 6-3 victory against Ireland.

In the morning singles, the honours were even and both sides went into lunch tied at 3-3.

But when it mattered most England dug deep to pull away in the afternoon foursomes.

Having initially been down in their games, the pairings of Annabell Fuller and Charlotte Heath and Hannah Screen and Amelia Williamson came through to win their matches.

Emily Toy and Caley McGinty also took the scalp of their Irish rivals and the defending champions were able to retain their title in some style and add it to the European Team title won last month in Northern Ireland.

It was the 64th time that England had won the Home International title and the women’s seventh win in the last 10 outings.

Second on the winner’s podium were the joint boys’ and girls’ squad. Wins against Ireland and Wales had teed up a showdown with the ‘Auld Enemy’ on the final day.

After the morning singles, England led by the slender margin of 7.5-6.5 and with seven foursomes matches scheduled for the afternoon it was still all to play for.

The double act of Lottie Woad and Olivia Lee grabbed the first point of the afternoon session and set the tone for the rest of the team.

Josh Hill and Jack Bigham brought home a big point as did the duo of Harley Smith and Josh Berry.

The half gained by Davina Xanh and Patience Rhodes was also crucial to the overall 11-10 win which helped England over the line in the inaugural joint junior event.

It was an outstanding team performance, but credit to Woad and Berry for each winning six points out of six to help the squad achieve their goal.

The hat-trick was duly completed when – after a delay caused by an electrical storm – England’s joint men and women seniors’ squad had just enough left in the tank to defeat Scotland by 6.5-5.5.

 

  • ENGLAND WOMEN v IRELAND

Singles:

Toy lost to McCarthy 5&3

Fuller beat Foster 3&2

Heath lost to Wilson 2&1

McGinty beat Walsh 4&2

Williamson beat Coulter 2&1

Belsham lost to Donegan 4&2

 

Foursomes:

Fuller/Heath beat Wilson/Coulter 3&2

Toy/McGinty beat Donegan/Foster 3&2

Screen/Williamson beat Walsh/Byrne 2&1

Result: England 6 Ireland 3

 

  • ENGLAND SENIOR MEN/WOMEN

Singles:

Williamson lost to Ferguson-Snedden 5&4

Greenfield lost to Marshall 1hole

Edmond beat Kyle 8&6

Rawthore beat Moffat 4&2

Kellock lost to Moultrie 1 hole

Jensen lost to Paton 4&3

Attoe beat Clark 2&1

Foster beat Henderson 4&3

 

Foursomes:

Rawthore/Williamson beat Ferguson-Snedden/Kyle 7&6

Edmond/Greenfield lost to Moffat/Marshall 1 hole

Kellock/Jensen beat Henderson/Moultrie 5&4

Attoe/Foster halved with Paton/Clark

 

Result: England 6.5 Scotland 5.5

 

  • ENGLAND GIRLS/BOYS v SCOTLAND

Singles:

Woad beat Foster 7&5

Whitehead lost 3&1 to Crawford

Rhodes beat Fowlie 1 hole

Lee beat Graham 5&3

Xanh beat Docherty 2 holes

Gourley lost to Griffiths 3&2

Hill beat Lindsey 5&3

Bigham lost to Scott 2&1

Smith halved with Adam

Cave lost 5&4 to Finnie

Berry beat Bullen 4&2

Loveard beat Laird 3&1

Horne lost to C.Graham 3&2

Forrester lost to G.Graham 4&2

 

Foursomes:

Woad/Lee beat Fowlie/Graham 3&1

Rhodes/Xanh halved with Docherty/Foster

Whitehead/Gourley lost to Griffiths/Crawford 1 hole

Hill/Bigham beat Lindsay/Finnie 4&2

Smith/Berry beat Scott/G.Graham 2&1

Loveard/Horne lost to Bullen/Laird 4&3

Cave/Forrester lost to Adam/G.Graham 3&2

 

Result: England 11 Scotland 10