Victory for England and another clean sweep

Snr Home Ints winners 2015

England won a tight match against Ireland 5-3 to successfully retain the Senior Women’s Home Internationals – and complete a second successive national clean sweep.

English senior amateur champion Helen Lowe won the 18th and her game to seal the victory for the team at Elm Park Golf Club, Ireland.

It’s the team’s ninth win since this championship began in 2003 and it means England have won the complete set of girls’, women’s and senior Home Internationals for the second year in a row.

England captain Pat Wrightson, who earlier in the season steered the team to a European silver medal, commented: “It was an excellent effort by the team and it’s been a pleasure to be their captain.”

England were put on the back foot on the first day of the tournament when they were held to a draw by Wales. They came straight back with a convincing win on the second day against Scotland; but Ireland, the European bronze medallists, had opened with two good wins.

It meant that England had to win today’s title decider while Ireland – champions in 2012 and 2013 – would take the trophy with a win or a halved result.

England set out with a strong foursomes performance and won the top two matches. Caroline Berry and Lulu Housman completed a perfect foursomes record with three wins from three outings and, like Julie Brown and Helen Lowe, were never behind in their game.

In the singles, Cath Rawthore won the first two holes and stayed ahead for her game, eventually winning 4/3. Lindsey Shaw, by contrast, lost the first but quickly righted matters and was ahead after the third, never dropping behind again, winning 2/1.

Helen Lowe’s match was always tight and there was never more than a hole in it. The players were all square after the 13th, with the next four holes all halved, but Lowe broke the deadlock with a win on the 18th to grab her point and confirm the team’s victory.

The England team, captained by Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield), is: Caroline Berry (Bromborough), Julie Brown (Trentham), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green), Helen Lowe (Scraptoft), Cath Rawthore (Sale), Lindsey Shaw (Chevin).

Image (courtesy LGU) from left: Helen Lowe, Lulu Housman, Lindsey Shaw, Julie Brown, Caroline Berry, Pat Wrightson, Sue Dye and Cath Rawthore.

01 October 2015 

Stunning singles play from England

Defending champions England put on a stunning singles performance today to inflict a heavy defeat on Scotland in the Senior Women’s Home Internationals.

The England players won all five of the singles, with the closest being decided on the 16th, and added it to their shared foursomes points for a 6½-1½ victory.

Tomorrow they play the hosts, Ireland, in a title decider at Elm Park Golf Club. Ireland have two wins from the two matches played so far, while England have won one and halved one.

If England win tomorrow they will retain the title. A loss or a halved match will hand the trophy to Ireland.

England captain Pat Wrightson said: “It was a tremendous team effort today to win by 6½ to 1½. Tomorrow will be an exciting match against Ireland to decide the winners of the 2015 Home International matches.”

This morning Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry continued to play excellent foursomes to score a 2/1 win, while Julie Brown and Lindsey Shaw secured a valuable half.

In the afternoon the players were in control of their matches with par golf. Helen Lowe almost holed in one at the 5th hole and Lindsey Shaw finished her match in style by almost holing her tee shot at the 16th.

There was a series of big winning margins: British senior champion Julie Brown won her singles 7/6; Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry both won 5/3; Helen Lowe won 4/3; and Lindsey Shaw 3/2.

 30 September 2015

England’s title defence begins with a draw

England were held to a draw by Wales today as they began their defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Elm Park Golf Club in Ireland.

The titleholders lost the morning foursomes 2-1, with their point scored by Caroline Berry and Lulu Housman. England were unlucky to lose to the third game, but Sharon Roberts of Wales holed a putt of 40ft for a birdie on the 17th to go one up and a half at 18 gave Wales their second win of the morning.

However, England won the singles 3-2 to square the match. British senior champion Julie Brown led the afternoon charge, winning 8/6. She was six-under par for the 12 holes, notching up seven birdies and chipping in twice. Cath Rawthore – last year’s British champion – played par golf to win her match by 6/5 and Lindsey Shaw was on solid form to win 4/3.

In the day’s other match the hosts, Ireland, whitewashed Scotland 8-0.

“It’s still all to play for over the next two days,” said England captain Pat Wrightson.

The England team, captained by Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield), is: Caroline Berry (Bromborough), Julie Brown (Trentham), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green), Helen Lowe (Scraptoft), Cath Rawthore (Sale), Lindsey Shaw (Chevin)