Narrow defeat by Ireland on final day sees David Patrick’s side just miss out on Home Ints victory
By Chris Johnston
Scotland's girls narrowly missed out on winning the Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The team went into the final day at the top of the table, having beaten Wales 7-2 and England 6-3 in their bid to win the quadrangular event for the first time since 2007.
They got off to the perfect start in the morning’s foursomes against Ireland, winning the session by two matches to one. However, in the afternoon, the Irish girls fought back to win the singles 4-2. That gave them a 5-4 win overall and, more significantly, the crucial point they required to leapfrog the Scots by a half-point and take the title for the first time.
National girls’ coach, David Patrick, later tweeted: “Proud of the @ScottishGolf girls. Heartbreaking loss today 5/4 to Ireland to lose Homes by 1/2 point. Great attitude, effort & sportsmanship.”
Scotland’s ladies, meanwhile, won their closing tussle with Ireland 5- 4 at the other end of the table, after losing to Wales and England. They started their day well, winning the first session 2-1, which they followed up with a strong showing in their head-to-head matches, but in the end it was honours even as both nations won two, halved two. The overall 5-4 result earned them a team point in the table, to match Ireland, who claimed third place due to overall matches won.
That consigned Scotland to their fifth successive last place finish in the competition, stretching back to 2012.
England took the title for the third year on the trot, having beaten Wales 7-2 in their final match, with the Welsh finishing runners-up.
In the Boys’ Home Internationals, Scotland - with Inverness golfer Rory Franssen, inset, in the line-up - came up just short in the defence of their crown in Ireland, losing out on the final day’s play to England, 9-6 the scoreline.
Their campaign started brightly with a 10½-4½ win against Wales in difficult conditions at Ballyliffin GC in Donegal. The young Scots then followed that success with a 9-6 win over Ireland. However, the final day defeat saw them finish in second place behind England, with Ireland third and Wales in fourth.