Tension mounts ahead of final afternoon singles at the Boys Home Internationals
The situation is finely poised heading into the final session of the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines where Scotland, Ireland and defending champions England are all still in with a chance of winning.
Scotland narrowly lost to England 3-2 in the morning foursomes while Wales put in their best performance of the week but still trail Ireland by the same margin.
Conditions at the Lincolnshire venue have been excellent all week and now as the tournament nears its conclusion there is a heightened sense of tension within the four camps as multiple outcomes are still possible.
Ireland and Wales were first onto the course and for large periods the match could have swung either way.
Ireland’s Sean Flanagan, yesterday’s hero against England, was brought back down to earth after he and Roman Mullarney struggled to get any momentum going and suffered a 6&4 defeat to Jack Davidson and Otto Mand.
Paul McBride and Jack Walsh had a disjointed game against Kyle Harman and Tim Harry before coming through 2&1. At one stage they were three up then fell back to level by the turn before closing out the match at the 17th.
Robin Dawson (Pictured left) has seen a lot of the pristine tree-lined course with four of his matches going to the 18th and the other finishing at the 17th. He remains Ireland’s only player with a 100 per cent record after he and James Sugrue (Pictured left) won by two-holes against Joshua Davies and Charlie Spencer-White in the top match.
Alec Myles and Rowan Lester completely turned their match around by winning five out of six holes from the 10th before a birdie at the 15th denied Daniel King and Alex Matthews 4&3.
Wales’ second win was assured in the bottom tie when Jordan Hood pulled his approach into the water hazard at the 18th as he and Gareth Lappin lost by one-hole to Thomas Williams and Rhys Jones.
“I am much happier with today’s performance. It was our best foursomes showing of the week by far. We needed to breath a bit of fire out of the dragon and are now looking forward to the singles,” said Wales captain Leighton Smith.
Scotland captain Barrie Douglas picked out Robert MacIntyre (Pictured top right) and Euan Walker’s narrow one-hole win over Robert Burlison and Bobby Keele in the anchor tie as the key match.
“Robert holed an eight footer at 17 when the match was all square and England missed from two feet. Before that we looked as though we were out of the competition. So to go on and get a point was terrific,” explained Douglas.
The top two matches both went the distance with never more than two holes separating the sides at any point in the matches before both finished all-square. Haydn McCullen celebrates his 17th birthday today but the halved match he and Ashton Turner shared with Connor Syme and Calum Hill in the top match ended his 100 per cent record.
Nothing could separate Ewen Ferguson and Niall McMullen against Adam Chapman and Marco Penge in the second tie.
“To halve the first game was miraculous. We must have been in the trees ten times but fortunately England missed some putts too,” added Douglas.
The formidable pairing of Harry Ellis (Pictured Right) and Ben Amor won for the third straight day when they defeated Benjamin Kinsley and Stuart Easton 3&2. Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore won by the same margin against Alan Waugh and George Burns.
As it stands, Ireland and Scotland have won one match each and halved with each other, while defending champions England have one win and one defeat and Wales have lost twice.
Full match details can be found at championships.randa.org.