Ireland settle for second as Scotland captures Senior Homes crown

The Irish Senior Home Internationals side (Photo by Ryan Hiscott/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Scotland proved too strong for Ireland’s seniors as the R&A Women’s & Men’s Senior Home Internationals came to a close at Pyle and Kenfig in Wales.

Both sides put their 100% records on the line on Thursday only for Scotland to run out 11.5 to 6.5 winners to claim the overall title.

The Scots went into the afternoon singles holding a commanding 5-1 advantage after the morning foursomes and although the men and women in green battled back courtesy of wins for Dooks’ Tracey Eakin and Laytown and Bettystown’s Carol Wickham, Scotland won the next three matches and four of the first six singles.


Grange Castle Lisa Cullen, Portmarnock Links’ Declan O’Neill and Milltown’s Jody Fanagan all enjoyed convincing victories but it wasn’t enough as Scotland signed off on the match and the title while Ireland settled for second place overall.

The Irish team that competed against their counterparts from England, Scotland and Wales:

Senior Women:

  • Lisa Cullen (Grange Castle)
  • Tracy Eakin (Dooks)
  • Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush)
  • Maria O’Reilly (Headfort)
  • Deirdre Smith (Co Louth)
  • Laura Webb (Royal Portrush)
  • Carol Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown)

Marilyn Henderson (Captain)

Valerie Hassett (Manager)

Senior Men:

  • Karl Bornemann (Douglas)
  • Jim Carvill (Banbridge)
  • Jody Fanagan (Milltown)
  • Steve Graham (East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa)
  • Eamonn Haugh (Castletroy)
  • David Mulholland (Castlerock)
  • John O’Brien (Castlmartyr)

Brian Hutchinson (Captain)

Matt Donohue (Manager)

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