England are Girls' Home International champions again – winning the Stroyan Cup for the sixth year in a row.
They achieved their success at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire, despite a final day defeat by Ireland.
Scotland, the only team which could have caught them, also lost on the last day to Wales – meaning England’s earlier wins over Wales and Scotland were enough to retain the title.
“A win is always good,” said England team captain Chris Pascall. “Only two of the girls had played Home Internationals before so it's a very good result and they really did very well.”
Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham) were both in last year's winning team. This year's successful side was completed by Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) and Sophie Madden (West Essex).
In the final day's match, England and Ireland were level pegging after the morning foursomes with 1½ points apiece. In the singles England managed 2½ points, thanks to Alice Hewson, Sammy Fuller and Sophie Lamb, losing overall by the narrow margin of 5-4.
Ireland and Wales both finished with the week with 1½ pt each. On a countback of individual games won, Ireland had the edge (13½ to 11½) and that won them the Swansea Spoon as runners-up. Scotland finished last with 1pt.
ENGLAND 4, IRELAND 5
Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) beat Chloe Weir and Julie McCarthy 2/1 and 1
Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) and Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) lost to Shannon Burke and Niamh Ward 1 hole
Sophie Keech (Parkstone) and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) halved with Olivia Mehaffey and Mary Doyle
Cowley lost to Mehaffey 6/4
Dimmock lost to Doyle 4/ 3
Hewson bt Niamh McSherry 4/ 2
Fuller bt Burke 2 /1
Olivia Winning (Rotherham) lost to Ward 2 down
Lamb halved with Ariana Coyle Diez
HOW THEY FINISHED
1 England 2 pt
2 Ireland 1 1/2pt (+13½ individual games won)
3 Wales 1 1/2 pt (+11½ individual games won)
4 Scotland 1pt.
Next year's Girls' Home Internationals will be hosted by Donabate Golf Club, near Dublin from August 6 to 8
Caption: The winning England team with the Stroyan Cup. Back row, from left: Sammy Fuller, Alice Hewson, captain Chris Pascall, Gabriella Cowley and Sophie Lamb. Front row, from left: Olivia Winning, Sophie Keech, Sophie Madden and Annabel Dimmock. Image: Cal Carson Golf Agency.
8th August 2013
Girls stage a comeback to beat Scotland
England, who are aiming to win the Stroyan Cup for a sixth year in a row, maintained their 100 per cent record at St Annes Old Links by coming from behind to beat Scotland 5½ -3½ on the second day of the Girls’ Home Internationals.
In tomorrow’s final match England face Ireland, who drew 4½ -4½ with Wales in today's other match.
England trailed 2½-½ after this morning’s foursomes – but that halved match was all important. Annabel Dimmock and Sammy Fuller came back from three down with five to play to secure the half point – and to give the team some vital momentum.
“To have lost 3-0 would have been a disaster but this gave us some momentum,” said team captain Chris Pascall. “The girls knew they would have to come out fighting – and they did.”
Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock and Sophie Keech all secured their singles points before England suffered their only loss of the afternoon.
But then, Olivia Winning crucially held her nerve through a testing hole to win her point and ensure the team could not be beaten. She won the 16th to go one up, but then put her tee shot out of bounds on the 17th. She responded by putting her next drive straight down the middle and firing her approach to within 18in of the pin and sinking the putt for a par five! Meanwhile, her opponent took six and the point belonged to England.
Sophie Lamb completed the victory by winning her point on the 17th.
Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) & Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) lost to Lauren Whyte & Connie Jaffrey 2/1
Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) & Sophie Keech (Parkstone) lost to Clara Young & Tara MacTaggart 3/1
Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Samantha Fuller (Roehampton) halved with Heather Munro & Fiona Liddell
Gabriella Cowley beat Lauren Whyte 4/2
Annabel Dimmock beat Lesley Atkins 3/2
Sophie Keech beat Tara MacTaggart 5/4
Sophie Madden (West Essex) lost to Connie Jaffrey 5/4
Olivia Winning (Rotherham) beat Clara Young 2/1
Sophie Lamb beat Fiona Liddell 2/1
7th August 201
England girls in winning start at Home Internationals
Defending champions England made a winning start at the Girls’ Home Internationals when they beat Wales 7-2 on the opening day at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire.
The team were 2-1 up after the morning foursomes, when they were unbeaten with one win and two halved games.
They built on those foundations with an excellent singles performance in the afternoon, winning five of the six matches and losing the other only on the last green
In the day’s other match Scotland beat Ireland 5-4. Tomorrow, England play Scotland. Foursomes pairings (Scotland names first):
Lauren Whyte & Connie Jaffrey v Gabriella Cowley & Sophie Lamb
Clara Young & Tara MacTaggart v Alice Hewson & Sophie Keech
Heather Munro & Fiona Liddell v Annabel Dimmock & Samantha Fuller
Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) & Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) halved with Chloe Williams & Ella Griffiths
Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Samantha Fuller (Rohampton) beat Nia Greville & Megan Lockett 3/1
Sophie Madden (West Essex) & Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) halved with Sadie Dewinton-Davies & Emma Miller
Cowley beat Bethan Morris 4/3
Hewson beat Lockett 4/3
Sophie Keech (Parkstone) beat Williams 1 up
Olivia Winning (Rotherham) lost to Griffiths 2 down
Dimmock beat Georgia Lewis 5/4
Lamb beat Miller 1 up