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Michael Saunders and Jamie Rutherford
15 August 2013

Welsh shock England but Scots sail on

Scotland took a further step towards retaining the Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management Ltd, in this morning’s foursomes at Ganton while Wales shocked England, both matches finishing 3-2.

After heavy overnight rain and a further downpour before play began, the foursomes’ action started on time but it wasn’t a happy morning for the English.

The Welsh were in determined mood and David Boote and Jason Shufflebotham set them on their way with a 2 and 1 win over Ben Stow and Craig Hinton. The English pair led 3-up through seven holes, were 2-up at the turn and 1-up after 14 but the Welsh won two of the next three holes to close the contest 2 and 1 on the 17th.

In the top game, Ben Westgate and Matthew Moseley gained an early lead but Callum Shinkwin and Toby Tree were 1-up at the turn. The pairs swapped holes on the back nine but the 14th and 15th proved decisive as the English conceded 14 and a birdie three at 15 saw the Welsh in front which they held to the end to win by 1 hole.

Ryan Evans and Paul Howard built a three hole lead over the opening five holes against Mike Hearne and Craig Melding but that lead was trimmed to one by the turn and a Welsh birdie at the short tenth saw them level.

There was little between the pairs until the Welsh edged in front when the English messed up the 15th, failing to get out of thick rough then finding sand, allowing Hearne and Melding to win the hole with a double bogey six.

The Welsh were 1-up playing the 18th where Howard sent his approach into rough right of the green and although Evans got the ball on to the green, Howard’s putt rolled past the cup and the Welsh birdie putt was conceded for a 2-hole win.

The other two games went England’s way. Jamie Rutherford and Michael Saunders (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) were locked in a battle with Lee Jones and Zac Galliford but the former took control with a run of par -birdie-par from 13 through 15 and took the game 3 and 2 with a half at 16.

In the bottom game, Nick Marsh and Harry Casey for England and the Welsh pair of Alastair Jones and Richard James both reached the turn in 37 but the England duo won the 11th with a par then birdied 13 and 14 to go 3-up and although they lost the 16th to a Welsh par, a half in three at 17 sealed a 2 and 1 England victory.  

In the other match, Dermot McElroy and Kevin Phelan gained an early lead for Ireland over the powerful Scottish combination of Graeme Robertson and Jack McDonald but the Scots hit back with birdies at the third and fourth to go ahead and they were still in front at the turn.

The Irish levelled with a par four at 11 and went ahead at 13 with a birdie four. Both pairs birdied the 14th but another Irish birdie at the 16th put them 2-up and they closed the game out with a half at the short 17th.

Ireland also took game two but it was a close tussle with never more than one hole separating the duos before Gavin Moynihan and Chris Selfridge won on the final green against James Ross and Ewan Scott.

But the other three games went Scotland’s way. Grant Forrest and Scott Borrowman found three birdies in the opening five holes against Brian Casey and Reeve Whitson to go 3-up and they went further in front with a par at the short tenth.

Despite being pegged back with an Irish birdie at 12 and a concession at 13, the Scots took the 14th with a birdie three and closed the contest with a par at 15 to win 4 and 3.

Matthew Clark and Alex Culverwell, the Scottish champion, were taken all the way by Jack Hume and Cormac Sharvin before getting home by 2 holes. The Irish led by two after three holes and were still 2-up at the turn.

But the Scottish duo won four of the next five holes to turn the tables and despite losing the 15th, a birdie three at the last sealed their victory.

In the bottom game, Daniel Young and Bradley Neil edged Scotland in front with a 2 and 1 win over Gary Hurley and Rory McNamara. The Scots generally held sway after taking the opening two holes but they were back to 1-up at the turn.

However, Young and Neil won the 11th with a par and 12 with a birdie to be 3-up, The Irish hit back on 14 and 15 but a par at 17 gave the Scots victory.

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