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England fight back to beat Scotland, Wales rock Ireland

WEDNESDAY PM - SINGLES

Aileen Greenfield started the English fightback with a 3 and 2 win over Gillian Kyle in the first afternoon singles tie to finish. All square after 11 holes, Greenfield won the 12th and 13th with pars and after the next two holes were halved, she clinched victory by winning the 16th.

That levelled the overall score at 2-2 and Julie Brown put England ahead with a 3 and 2 win over Lorna McKinlay. It was a very closed match until early on the inward journey. After the 11th was halved in birdie 4s, Brown produced another birdie to go one up at the 12th. Then she won the 14th with a par and the 15th with her fourth birdie of the round. A half at the 16th ended the match.

Catherine Rawthore made it 4-2 for England by beating Sheena Wood by one hole in the lead-off singles. Again, it was another tight match which could have gone either way. The English player birdied the 10th and 11th to move from one down to one up but Wood squared it again with a par at the 12th.

After halves at the 13th and 14th, Rawthore won the 15th with a 4 and she held on to that one-hole advantage to the end. Jackie Foster collected England's fifth and decisive point by beating Fiona De Vries 4 and 3.

Foster took a stranglehold on the outcome by dominating the front nine. She was three up after three holes and though De Vries was abe to win the fourth, sixth and ninth, the Scot still found herself two down at the turn to an opponent in good form.

Foster birdied the 13th to go three up and also birdied the 15th to achieve a 4 and 3 victory.

Lesley Lloyd stopped a complete rout by halving the last singles to finish. She lost the last hole, settling for a square game against Katherine Russell (a graduate of Dundee University). Russell was four holes up after six but Lloyd hung on in there and gradually the pendulum of power swung her way. The Hayston player won the seventh with a birdie 2 and the eighth and ninth to be one down at the turn. Lloyd went on to chalk up a remarkable run of sixth consecutive holes won. She squared the match at the 10th and also won the 11th and 12th to be two up as Russell was unable to produce a par for several holes. Russell at last stopped the rot by winning the 14th and 15th with pars to be all square. Lloyd was not finished yet. She won the 16th to go one up but after a half at the penultimate hole, Lloyd's bogey at the 18th allowed Russell, with a par, to win the hole and halve an entertaining match.

Wales bounced back from their opening-day defeat by Scotland to claim the notable scalp of European senior champions Ireland.

Coming events did not cast a shadow in this case as the Irish led 2-1 from the foursomes.

But Wales produced a sterling performance to win four of the singles and halve the other for an overall 5.5-2.5 victory, 12 months after Ireland beat them 6-2 in the corresponding fixture of the 2015 Senior Women's Home Internationals.

Former Senior British champion Ann Lewis might well have inspired Welsh team-mates with a 6 and 5 win over Carol Wickham to level the overall score at 2-2 with the first singles to finish.

Ann was five up at the turn and never lost a hole.

Jane Rees put Wales in front with a one hole win over the redoubtable Gertie McMullen who birdied the 10th to lead for the only time in the match. Rees responded with a birdie of her own to square the tie at the 11th before she moved ahead for the second time in the match, winning the 12th which McMullen bogeyed. The next four holes were halved before McMullen raised Irish hopes by squaring the match with a par 3 at the 17th. But McMullen bogeyed the 18th, leaving Rees to win the hole and the match with a par 4.

Olwen Davies boosted the Welsh total with a further point, beatng Mary Sheehy 3 and 2. Davies won the second and fourth to be two up and though pulled back to a one-hole lead several times, the Welsh player was never pegged back and she won the 13th and 15th to go three up, a half at the 16th ending the match in her favour. Chris Harries will remember her one-hole win over Senior British champion Laura Webb by one hole for many a long day. It was a gripping match with never more than a hole in it either way. Webb looked as if she might have pulled the fat out of the fire when she birdied the 16th to go one up but Harries finished well, helped by bogeys from Webb at the 17th and 18th, to win both for a one-hole victory.

In the last match to finish, Sheena McElroy and Sharon Roberts share the honours with a halved match. Roberts was two up after five holes but McElroy won 10, 11 and 12 for a one-hole lead which she lost with a bogey at the 13th. The last five holes were halved.

WEDNESDAY AM - FOURSOMES

A Scotland team boosted by their Tuesday win over Wales after a winless tournament in 2015 carried on the good work by leading England 2-1 after the Day 2 foursomes in the Senior Women's Home Internationals at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire. And yet the morning started well for defending champions England with 2015 Senior British champion Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield beating Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle by 4 and 3 in the lead-off foursome.

Julie Brown lines up putt she holed first green (Day 2 SWHI 2016)
Julie Brown lines up putt she holed first green (Day 2 SWHI 2016)

Brown holed a 15pt birdie putt to win the first hole and the English pair never looked back after that. They won the third, fourth and fifth to take a commanding four-hole lead through the first eight holes.

Wood and Kyle won their only two holes of the match at the ninth and 11th to halve their deficit but it was so far and no further for the Scots. They bogeyed the 14th and 15th, which Brown and Greenfield won with pars for a 4 and 3 victory.

Scotland levelled it at 1-1 with a two-hole victory by Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd over Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling. The Scots won the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth to be two up playing the ninth which was halved.

Lowe and Jobling came back into the picture by winning the 11th and 12th but De Vries and Lloyd got their noses in front again by winning the 13th but the match had still to be won.

In a ding-dong struggle, Lowe and Jobling won the 15th to square the match. The 16th was halved before De Vries and Lloyd produced a birdie just when they needed it - a 2 at the short 17th to go one up. The Scots clinched victory with a par 5 at the 18th.

Mary Smith and Lorna McKinlay gave Scotland the victory they needed to enjoy a lunchtime lead. They beat Jackie Foster and Katherine Russell by two holes.

All square at the turn after both sides had had a one-lead at different stages on the outward half, the Scots took the lead by winning the 11th and were never caught after that.

Smith and McKinlay went two up with a par at the 15th, lost the short 17th which they bogeyed but won the 18th with a par to clinch the match.

In the match between the two teams who lost their Day 1 matches, Ireland took a 2-1 lunchtime lead over Wales, thanks to wins by Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy (2 and 1 against Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts) and Mary Sheehy and Maria O'Reilly (4 and 3 over Chris Harries and Olwen Davies)

Wales' winning pair were Jane Rees and Denise Richards who beat Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran by 2 and 1.

Sheehy and O'Reilly put the first point on the board for Ireland after leading throughout against Harries and Davies. The Irish pair were two up at the turn and though Harries and Davies won the 10th they could not prevent their opponents from dominating the inward half.

Sheehy and O'Reilly went two up at the 11th, three up at the 13th and concluded the match by winning the 15th with a bogey.

Wickham and McElroy then put Ireland 2-0 ahead after winning the first three holes against Lewis and Roberts. Still three up at the turn, the Irish pair won the 10th to go four ahead.

Lewis and Roberts began a revival after that, winning the 12th, 13th and 15th to be only one down on the 16th tee. But Wickham and McIlroy stopped the rot by winning the 16th to go back to two up, and a half in 4s at the 17th clinched their 2 and 1 victory.

Wales kept their hopes alive of turning things around in the singles with a 2 and 1 victory by Jane Rees and Denise Richards over Senior British champion Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran.

Webb and Corcoran won the first, second and fourth but lost the fifth and seventh to be only one up at the turn. Rees and Richards squared it at the 11th but fell one down again by losing the 12th.

The Welsh pair quickly squared it again at the 13th and this time built on that to take the lead for the first time at the 15th. Rees and Richards went two up with a 5 to a 6 at the 16th and a half in 3s at the short 17th gave Wales a morale-boosting point on the board.