Scotland impress in day-two foursomes
After a disappointing opening match against Ireland yesterday, Scotland have made a exceptional start to today’s encounter, heavily defeating Wales in four out of five games this morning to lead 4 – 1 as the teams head to lunch. On home soil, at Southerness Golf Club in the borders, Scotland have rallied after yesterday’s loss to emerge looking like championship contenders.
Incredibly, the pair of Scott Gibson and Jack McDonald, playing in the fifth game of the match, overcame their Welsh opponents 9&7 thanks to a stunning display of foursomes golf. Earlier, the pairs of Grant Forrest and Conor O’Neil, Liam Johnston and Paul McPhee, and Daniel Hendry and Ewan Scott had secured three of the first three points available, with each completing comfortable 4&3 wins.
Only Callum Roberts and Delon Hau could stem the tide, claiming Wales’ only point with a 3&2 victory over Scots Jamie Lynch and Ian Redford. But the three-point deficit that they face going into the afternoon’s single ties is unlikely to faze the Welsh. They came back from the same 4 – 1 scoreline yesterday to halve their match against England, a fact that non-playing Captain Leighton Smith is sure to stress over the midday break.
Ireland, meanwhile have continued where they left off on Tuesday, establishing a three-point lead over today’s opponents, England. Like Scotland, they lead 4 – 1 at the lunch break and, should they keep going in the same vain this afternoon, look likely to go into tomorrow’s final day as favourites for the title.
Playing with Jeff Hopkins, Paul Dunne, Ireland’s most experienced player, got them off to a winning start with a 4&3 victory over the English pair of Paul Lockwood and Nick Newbold. And that result was mirrored in the fifth game of the morning by Stephen Barry and Gary Hurley as they overcame Harry Casey and Jack Heasman.
The remaining two of Ireland’s points came courtesy of the pairs of Dermot McElroy and Colm O’Sullivan, and Chris Selfridge and Matthew McKnight, both of which won 3&2. England’s point was recorded by Oliver Carr and Nathan Kimsey, who defeated Alex Gleeson and Jack Hume 5&4.
The afternoon’s singles matches are now underway. A full report will appear on RandA.org upon their conclusion.
Full results can be found here.