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Friday, September 12, 2008


Pointless Scotland got their foursomes act together on the third day of the Women's Home Internationals at Wrexham to take a 2 1/2-1/2 lunchtime lead over Ireland.
Earlier in the week, the Scots lost the foursomes 3-0 to Wales and 2-1 to England although, to be fair, they played well in the singles both days without being able to make up the lunchtime leeways.
In the lead-off tie, Pamela Pretswell and Louise Kenney came back from three down after six holes against Niamh Kitching and Danielle McVeigh to win the 18th for a one-hole victory. It was the first time the Scots had led in the match.
Pretswell and Kenney began their revival by winning the seventh. The next seven holes were halved. A par 3 at the 15th enabled the Scots to get it back to only one down and they squared the match at the 16th.
After a half at the 17th, Pretswell and Kenney's par to Kitching and McVeigh's bogey at the last won the match for the Scots.
Kylie Walker and Kelsey MacDonald beat the Delaney sisters 3 and 2 on the back of an outward half that included successes at the second, third, fifth and seventh after they have lost the opening hole.
Tara and Karen Delaney won back the ninth to be two down at the turn but the Scots surged four up by winning the 11th and 12th.
The Irish pair birdied the short 14th to be only three down but they ran out of holes with halves at the 15th and 16th being enough to give Walker and MacDonald a 3 and 2 victory.
In the last Scotland-Ireland tie to finish, Michele Thomson and Megan Briggs halved with Gemma Hegarty and Aedin Murphy after being two down with four to play.
The Scots had gone two up by winning the first and third but the Irish pair won the fifth, sixth, seventh and 12th to turn the ables and go two up.
A birdie at the 13th got Thomson and Briggs back to a one-hole deficit but Hegarty and Murphy went to up again by winning the 14th.
The Scots produced another birdie, at the 15th, to be only one down and they squared the match at the 17th. The last hole was halved.