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England retain Men's Senior Home Internationals

30th September2013

England retain Men's Senior Home Internationals

Victorious England team (Photo Pat Cashman)

England retained the Men's Senior Home Internationals at Royal County Down with a powerful final day performance against European champions Ireland, consigning Scotland to second place and the Irish to third. 

Despite heavy rain on the final day, the bedrock for the English success was laid in their foursomes performance, in which they produced a clean sweep to take a 3-0 lead into the singles.

Then, despite a comeback win on the 18th for Maurice Kelly over English seniors champion Richard Latham, and victories for Garth McGimpsey over Richard Partridge and Michael Quirke against Tyrone Carter, England secured the necessary points to finish the job 6-3.

The most crucial of these came from John Ambridge, who gained a one-hole victory over Arthur Pierse in a match that was all square playing the par five18th. But the Irishman took bogey after bunkering his drive and a solid par saw Ambridge home.

Andrew Stracey's 4&3 victory over Adrian Morrow and Chris Reynolds' win in the final game against John Mitchell by 4&2 sealed the triumph.

“It was a very rewarding result after a hard week and in some appalling weather,” said England manager Richard Palmer. “The win over Ireland on their home ground was special particularly as only one of my team had seen Royal County Down previously.”

Fog on the opening day meant both sets of foursomes were cancelled so halves were agreed in each game. Just the singles were played and England began their defence of the title with a 4 ½ – 4 ½ draw with Scotland while Ireland beat Wales 7 ½ – 1 ½ .

On the second day, England beat Wales 6 ½ – 2 ½ and Scotland overcame Ireland 5 ½ – 3 ½ which meant the title was a straight contest between England and the Scots.

Scotland gave themselves every chance by winning two and halving one of the morning foursomes, but Wales produced their strongest performance of the week in the singles to deny them the Past President's Trophy.

Victories for Jeff Thomas, Nigel Evans and Basil Griffiths gave them the better share of the points in the afternoon's matches, leaving the winning scoreline of 5-4 insufficient for Scotland to deny England their victory, thanks to a superior points difference.

Image copyright Cashman Photography

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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