Ireland edged a tight encounter with defending champions England 3-2 in the morning foursomes, while Scotland led Wales 3.5-1.5 on day two of the Boys Home Internationals at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club.
The form book suggested England were favourites but Ireland quickly bounced back from yesterday’s 10-5 defeat to Scotland and will now take a slight advantage into the afternoon singles.
Three of the matches went the distance with Ireland claiming two of them on the 18th. In the top tie there was never more than one hole between Ireland’s Thomas Mulligan and Rory Williamson and Marco Penge and Jamie Li. However, the English pair found trouble right of the 18th green and failed to make par and lost by one hole.
Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Rhys Nevin-Wharton were one down playing 18 but a difficult lie in the greenside bunker meant they were unable to get up and down for par as Ireland’s Conor Purcell and Peter Kerr won by two holes.
The tables turned for England when Max Martin and Matty Lamb won by two holes after Marc Norton and Marc McKinstry twice found the gorse down the right side of the tight par four18th and conceded the match before reaching the green.
William Enefer and Harry Hall had earlier secured a 3&2 win against Kevin LeBlanc and Marc Boucher.
In the bottom game Cathal Butler and Devin Morley enjoyed a comprehensive 6&4 win over Charlie Strickland and Toby Briggs. In easier conditions compared to yesterday’s high winds, the Irish pair “played solid golf” with two birdies and just one three-putt to record their win.
In the second match, Scotland put two early points on the board as Calum Fyfe and Niall McMullen defeated the in-form Ben Chamberlain and Tom Williams 4&3 in the top game. That was quickly followed by Darren Howie and Sandy Scott’s 6&4 victory over Luke Harries and Tom Froom. The win keeps Scott’s 100 per cent record intact.
Will Porter and Rory Franssen, instrumental in Scotland’s win over Ireland, were undone by Tom Davies and Callam Morris as the Welsh pair won 5&4 for their second foursomes win in as many days.
Jordan Golley kept his composure with a deft bunker shot to two feet on the 18th to set up a par as he and Gareth Morgan halved with Scotland’s Kieran Cantley and Andrew Thomson.
In the bottom match Chris Curran and Murray Naysmith never trailed but were still pushed all the way by Laurence Vargas and Matthew Harris, two of Wales’ new recruits who are both available for selection again next year. The Scottish pair closed out the one hole win with a fine iron approach from Naysmith into 10 feet to give Scotland a two point lead heading into the singles.
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