Day three round-up:
England won the Boys’ Home Internationals for a fourth year in a row after coming from behind to beat Ireland in a nail-biting grand finale to this year’s competition Ashburnham in Wales.
The Irish held a 3 ½ – 1 ½ lead after the morning foursomes but the English battled back by winning the singles 6 ½ – 3 ½ to secure a narrow 8-7 win. Joe Pagdin, Robin Williams, Max Hopkins, Enrique Dimayuga, Habebul Islam and Callum Macfie all secured victories in the singles while Conor Gough halved the top match against Tom McKibbin.
The match between host Wales and Scotland to decide the third and fourth places went to the Scots who emerged 9-6 winners. The morning foursomes were shared 2 ½ -2 ½ but the visitors won six and halved one of the afternoon singles to pull away from their rivals.
Day two round-up:
England maintained their 100 percent record after beating Scotland on the second day of the Boys’ Home Internationals at Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales.
The English beat Wales 11 ½ – 3 ½ on the opening day and 24-hours later went on to secure a 9 ½ – 5 ½ victory against the Scots to set up a title decider against Ireland.
The English took a 4-1 lead in the foursomes but were made to work hard in the singles before Max Hopkins, Enrique Dimayuga, Habebul Islam, Callum Macfie and Jacob Kelso secured the wins that saw them through. New World No. 2 Conor Gough halved the top singles against Australian-based Scot Connor McKinney.
Ireland beat Scotland 10-5 on the opening day before making it two out of two with a slightly narrower 9-6 win against the Welsh. With both sides securing 100 percent records to date England would only need to halve the match against Ireland to claim the title on points.
Day one round-up:
England made an impressive start to the defence of their title when they beat Wales 11 ½ – 3 ½ on the opening day of the Boys’ Home Internationals at Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales.
The English beat the hosts 4 ½ – ½ in the morning foursomes and needing only 3 ½ points from the afternoon singles quickly got over the line with victories from Joe Pagdin, Robin Williams, Max Hopkins and Barclay Brown in the top four matches.
Jack Bigham, Callum Macfie and Jacob Kelso also contributed wins for England with the Welsh successes coming from Dylan Thomas, Bryn Thomas and Connor Owen against Enrique Dimayuga, Habebul Islam and George Leigh. Conor Gough was omitted from the singles draw following his exertions winning the English Amateur Championship at Hankley Common at the weekend.
England’s next opponents are Scotland who lost 10-5 on the opening day to Ireland. The Irish were 3 ½ – 1 ½ up after the foursomes before taking another 6 ½ points from the singles.