England continue impressive form at County Louth
As the sun split the skies on the second day of the Boys Home Internationals at County Louth Golf Club, England reinforced their favourites tag with an impressive 4-1 win over Wales in the foursomes.
There was a common theme down the scoreboard with every match four up when it concluded, but unfortunately for Wales too many of them were in England’s favour.
The exception came in the bottom match where Tim Harry notched up his second win in three outings when playing alongside Ryan Thomas. The Welsh pair defeated Matt Fitzpatrick and Rob Burlison 4 and 3 and the point was welcome respite for Leighton Smith’s side, who avoided another foursomes whitewash.
“That was a great win for us, it was nice to get a point on the board,” said Harry, (14) who is the youngest competitor on show this week.
“Ryan played some great shots on the par threes and that was crucial to our win. I think we had six birdies in all. This week has been a great experience; it’s the best golf I’ve ever played.
“Hopefully we can make a fast start in the singles this afternoon,” added the one handicapper from Vale Resort before heading off for a quick lunch.
England captain Derek Hughes kept with the same winning foursomes combinations that denied Ireland yesterday.
That meant there were comprehensive 4 and 3 wins for Max Orrin and Toby Tree in the top match, while Patrick Kelly and Ashton Turner as well as Dan Brown and Joe Dean put points on the board for England with their 4 and 3 wins.
Nick Marsh and Jack Singh Brar denied Evan Griffith and Zach Galliford 4 and 2 to give Brar (15) an impressive three wins from three on his Boys Home Internationals debut.
“The boys performed well again, 4-1 I’m really pleased with that,” said Hughes. “For me the most satisfying aspect was how they all kept focused when ahead and got the job done.
“Again we take nothing for granted, we have to go out and take each singles match on its merit.”
The Scotland versus Ireland foursomes encounter was less straightforward. Apart from the top match the other four games could have gone either way with the three middle matches all going to the 18th.
Irish Amateur Open champion Gavin Moynihan is the star performer in the Ireland line-up and the 17-year-old enjoyed the familiarity of playing alongside his fellow club mate Paul McBride.
The Island Golf Club members ran out 5 and 4 winners against one of Scotland’s lead pairings, Greig Marchbank and Jamie Savage, who both play of plus three.
Alex Gleeson played a delightful pitch from a hanging lie adjacent to the 18th green to set up a tap in par as he and William Russell won the second match by one hole against Lawrence Allan and Craig Howie.
Anthony Blaney and Ewan Ferguson secured a half point for Scotland in the third match after James Sugrue and Robin Dawson bogeyed the par five 18th. The Scottish duo had been two down with three to play.
It was a similar story of what might have been for Ireland in the fourth match as Gareth Lappin and Sean Flanagan lost 16 and 17 and despite bogeying the 18th ended up relieved to come away with a halved match against Alasdair McDougall and Alan Waugh.
Scotland’s Ewan Scott and Bradley Neil were 2 and 1 winners over John Ross Galbraith and Alec Myles in the final match.
At the end of a dramatic session, a relieved Ireland captain Roy Archibald simply said: “We’ll take that” as the foursomes ended 3-2 in Ireland’s favour.
View full results and live scores from the afternoon session here