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Scotland go close as England triumph at Western Gailes

Scots stars fought to the end but to no avail as rivals ran out winners

A VALIANT Scottish side pushed England all the way to the end only to come up short on what was a dramatic final day in the Boys Home Internationals staged at Western Gailes Golf Club.

After winning their opening two matches against Scotland and Wales, England needed a result against defending champions Ireland, who like Scotland, still had an outside chance of winning if results had gone their way.

At one stage, eight of the singles matches were in Ireland’s favour, which would have been good enough for them to lift the title. However, England rallied to secure the match.

SOLID

Meanwhile, Scotland’s chances ended when midway through their order on the final day, but there was one bright note for the home side. Debutant Adam Fisher (Newmacher) ended a great week as the only player to win all six of his matches. He said: “I played solid throughout. On a tough links course like this, the secret is to make pars with the occasional birdie.”

Afterwards, Scotland captain Scott Knowles accepted that his side had left themselves too much to do on the final day, but praised them for their efforts.

He said: “We were disappointed to have lost to England on the first day, but I’m happy with the way we rallied to beat Ireland and Wales. The end result was out of our control today and fair play to England.”

Meanwhile, in the Girls’ Home Internationals at Donabate Golf Club in Ireland, Scotland had a campaign to forget, propping up the table after defeats to the three other home nations.

A 7-2 defeat to Wales on day one was followed up by consecutive 6.5-2.5 defeats to both England and Ireland.

England ultimately ran out winners for the seventh year in succession, defeating Wales 7-2 on the final day having narrowly edged past the hosts by a 5-4 scoreline on day one.

 

Photo: R&A

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