Only an improbable collapse against Scotland can stop England from winning the historic R&A Girls’ & Boys’ Home Internationals at Downfield GC in Dundee – historic since the event features a combined team format for girls and boys for the first time.
England head the points table with two points from two wins over the opening two days. Ireland lie second with one point, while Wales and Scotland each have half a point.
Ireland can match England’s two-point tally with a win over Wales and an England loss to Scotland. However, England are in a strong position with 29 matches won to Ireland’s 20. Matches won determines the outcome should teams finish level on the points table. Scotland has 19.5 match points and Wales 15.5.
Over the city parkland lay-out, England proved too strong for the Welsh team on day two right from the opening foursomes, winning the session 5–2 to take momentum into the singles. The English team then took four of the first five head-to-head contests to put the Welsh under pressure. English captain Stephen Burnett watched as his side powered to an 11–3 singles win, and a 16-5 overall victory.
“It was a strong performance from my team, especially this afternoon,” he said. “The foursomes was in the balance early on, but our pairings were strong over the last few holes to win points. Then they turned it on in singles. I can’t ask for more than they showed today, but there will be no room for complacency against Scotland.”
Welsh captain Llew Matthews could only marvel at England’s strength in depth.
“I was really proud of our team,” the 2007 Walker Cup player said. “They really took their game to a different level but they were just up against stronger opposition. England raised their game for the singles, and fair play to them, but we’ll take lots of positives into tomorrow against Ireland.”
The Irish came back from an opening day loss to England to defeat Scotland 12–9. They took the foursomes 4–3 before running out 8–6 singles winners.