Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scots boys go down fighting to champions

England: wins by Bruce, Scott and Watt

Scotland finished last in the Boys' Home Internationals table at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire but they lost narrowly, 8-7, to England who retained the title as their nearest rivals, Wales, lost 10-5 to Ireland.
It was England's 16th win in the U18s' series and their fifth capture of the title in the past seven years, during which Scotland (2015) and Ireland (2013) squeeze in victories.
The Scots were hammered 4-1 by England in the morning foursomes but raised their game to "win" the singles 6-4 when their winners were Callum Bruce (Duff House Rouse), Jack Broun from Ayrshire, Calum Scott (Nairn), Marc Watt (Inverallochy), Lewis Irvine and John Paterson (St Andrews New).
The final placings were:
1 England 3pt.
2 Ireland 1.5pt
3 Wales 1pt.
4 Scotland 0.5pt

Quote from Scotland captain, Gordon Watt
"From Scotland's point of view it's been a bit disappointing. With the Irish match we sneaked a draw and we threw it away a bit against Wales.
"We always knew we were going to be up against it with England, who are a very strong team. We let it slip in the foursomes but then came back strongly in the singles.
"Our two 13-year-olds, Callum Scott and Aidan O'Hagan have been superb. We were expecting one or two points from them but they've excelled themselves. Great for the team and kept a smile on everyone's face.
"We just haven't been good enough round the greens. Nothing to do with the greens. They're beautiful greens and the whole course is in great condition.”

C Strickland and T Briggs bt E McIntosh and D Howie 4 and 3.
B Jones and J Pagdin bt C Bruce and J Broun 4 and 3.
C Gough and R Williams bt J Paterson and C Gibson 2 hols.
T Plump and A Fitzpatrick lost to C Scott and A O'Hagan 1 hole.
J Cope and D Daniels bt L Irvine and G Dalziel 3 and 2.
Briggs bt Howie 2 and 1.
Strickland bt McIntosh 1 hole.
Jones lost to Bruce 4 and 2.
Pagdin lost to Broun 1 hole.
Williams lost to Scott 1 hole.
Gough bt O'Hagan 3 and 1.
Fitzpatrick bt Dalziel 4 and 3.
Plump lost to Watt 3 and 2.
H Goddard lost to Irvine 2 and 1.
Cope lost to Paterson 4 and 3.

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