England defeated Ireland 13 – 8 on the opening day of the R&A Girls’ & Boys’ Home Internationals at Downfield GC in Dundee to emerge favourites to win the round-robin contest featuring the four home associations.
Scotland and Wales share second place after a see-saw contest that ended honours even on 10.5 points apiece.
In the new combined team format for girls and boys, with winds gusting to 30 mph to make club and shot selection difficult, England only just edged Ireland in the opening foursomes session. The defending champions won 4-3.
However, England won eight of the 14 singles matches and halved three to win the head-to-head contests 9.5 – 4.5. They head the table with one point, while Scotland Wales are joint second with half a point each, with Ireland at the foot.
Massive momentum boost
“This morning was a close contest over the first four matches, but the girls’ win in that last match on the course (Ellise Rymer and Amelia Wan’s one-hole victory over Roisin Scanlon and Marina Joyce-Moreno) was crucial,” England captain Stephen Burnett said.
“It gave us a massive momentum boost heading into the singles and we just carried it through and played well all afternoon. It was a phenomenal result to win both sessions because we knew Ireland was going to be strong.”
Irish captain Peter English left the golf course taking the positives out of his team’s performance.