Ireland’s Women in Green made a 5.5-3.5 winning start over a tough Scottish side as the Home Internationals got underway at Woodhall Spa Golf Club on Wednesday.
All square after the three morning foursomes’ matches, Scotland’s Louise Duncan, winner of this year’s Women’s Amateur Championship, overcame Elm Park’s Anna Foster 2&1 in a tight opening singles match before a sea of green claimed four wins on the spin.
Forrest Little’s Julie McCarthy (2&1), Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson (4&2), Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter (3&1) and Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh (5&4) all put points on the board for Ireland with Lahinch’s Aine Donegan going down 2&1 in the last match of the day as Ireland completed a two-point win.
Ireland will now face Wales on day two with the Welsh going down 8-1 to an impressive English side. Just like day one, each match features three foursomes and six singles each day.
Tough day for the Seniors
It was a different story for Ireland’s Senior team up against a stern English test on day one despite Gertie McMullen and Suzanne Corcoran combining for a fine 4&2 opening win.
With the senior men and women playing in the same teams for the first time in the traditional round-robin, match play format, Ireland suffered an 8-4 defeat on the day with Gertie McMullen putting her second point on the board in the afternoon singles.
Ireland face Scotland on day two with the Scots edging Wales 7-5 in a tight opening day encounter.
Learning curve for Boys & Girls in Green
With Ireland’s Girls and Boys also combining on an historic opening day, unfortunately it was all one way traffic against the team wearing green as a ruthless English side completed an inspired 19.5-1.5 win.
The task gets no easier for Ireland who take on Scotland on day two with the Scots’ tails up after enjoying a resounding 14.5-6.5 success over Wales on Wednesday.