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Friday, September 12, 2008

Scotland score first win by
beating Ireland on last day

Scotland registered their first win of the tournament when they beat Ireland 6 1/2-2 1/2.
The Scots' morning capture of 2 1/2pt from the foursomes, meant they needed “only”
2 1/2pt from the six singles to chalk up their first win of the tournament.
They got their first one of the afternoon when Emily Ogilvy won the fourth tie by 5 and 4 over Gemma Hegarty.
The Scot went five up at the turn when Hegarty three-putted the ninth. Ogilvy had already won the first, fourth, seventh and eighth and she went six up at the 10th. The Irish player won her first hole of the match at the 13th but a half at the 14th ended the match.
Scotland gained a second singles victory when Kelsey MacDonald beat Niamh Kitching 4 and 2. MacDonald had been one up at the turn with successes at the first, fifth and ninth but losses at the second and fourth.
The Scot won the 10th to go two up but her opponent took the 13th before MacDonald got a birdie 2 at the 14th to go back to two up and she quickly finished the match by taking the 15th and 16th.
Ireland won the top two singles with Tara Delaney coming back from two down at the turn to beat Scottish champion Michele Thomson by one hole, while Danielle McVeigh beat Kylie Walker by 2 and 1 after being one down at the turn.
Tara Delaney had won the 11th and 12th to get on terms with Thomson and then went two up by winning the 15th and 16th. The Scot won back the 17th but the 18th was halved.
McVeigh squared matters against Walker by winning the 11th and she also won the 14th to go one up. A birdie at the 16th put McVeigh two up and a half at the 17th ended the match in her favour.
Scotland clinched their first win when Louise Kenney boosted the day’s points total 5o 5 ˝ with a 3 and 2 win over Gillian O’Leary. Louise pitched in from through the back of the green at the ninth to go two up and she increased the lead to three at the 11th. O’Leary won her first and only hole of the match at the 13th but Kenney won the 14th to restore a three-hole lead and halves at the 15th and 16th ended the contest.
Pamela Pretswell completed a 6 ˝-2 ˝ win for Scotland by beating Aedin Murphy X and X in the sixth singles. Pretswell was two down until she won the eighth and the ninth, the Irish player running into tree trouble at the ninth. Murphy bounced back to win the 10th but Pretswell squared the match again at the 11th and then surged into a three-hole lead by winning the 13th, the 14th and the 15th with a birdie.
Ireland conceded the 16th giving Pretswell a 4 and 2 victory.


Foursomes: P Pretswell & L Kenney bt N Kitching & D McVeigh 1 hole; M Thomson & M Briggs halved with G Hegarty & A Murphy; K Walker & K MacDonald bt K Delaney & T Delaney 3 and 2 (2 1/2-1/2).
Singles: Thomson lost to T Delaney 1 hole, Walker lost to McVeigh 2 and 1, MacDonald bt Kitching 4 and 2, E Ogilvy bt Hegarty 5 and 4, Kenney bt G O'Leary 3 and 2, Pretswell bt Murphy 4 and 2 (4-2).