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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Scots seniors rally to lead Ireland

2-1 after first-day morning fours

Scotland rallied to take a 2-1 lead over Ireland at the end of the morning foursomes in the Senior Women's Home Internationals at Newport Golf Club, Wales.
In the other match defending champions and hosts Wales went into the afternoon five singles, trailing 2-1 to England, the only other country to have won the title since it was instituted six years ago.
Things looked good for Ireland against Scotland when they scored a big win in the first foursomes tie and were ahead in the other two matches. But things eventually swung the way of the Scots to give them a lunchtime lead.
Sheena McElroy and Phil O’Gorman won by 8 and 6 over Heather Anderson and Fiona Hunter who never won a hole. The Irish pair won the second, fourth and sixth to be three up on the eighth tee. Then McElroy and O’Gorman killed off any prospect of a Scottish rally by winning five holes in a row from the eighth, including a birdie at the 10th.
Fiona de Vries and Noreen Fenton made it 1-1 overall by beating Rhona Brennan and Violet McBride 3 and 2.
All square after six holes, the Scots won the eighth and 10th for a two-hole lead which was halved by Brennan and McBride at the 11th. De Vries and Fenton regain a two-hole lead at the 12th and went three up at the 15th before a half at the next ended the contest.
Mary Smith and Moira Thomson got the point that put the Scots ahead 2-1 by beating Helen Jones and Pat Doran by one hole.
The Irish pair lost the first two holes but hit back with a purple patch of golf. They birdied the third, fourth and fifth and also won the sixth to be two up on the seventh tee.
Smith and Thomson kept calm, they won back the eighth, squared the match at the 10th with a birdie and went ahead with another success at the 11th.
In a ding-dong march, Jones and Doran squared matters by winning the 15th but Smith and Thomson won the 17th and preserved that one-hole lead for victory by halving the last.

Heather Anderson & Fioan Hunter lost to Sheena McElroy & Phil O'Gorman 8 and 6.
Mary Smith & Moira Thomson bt Helen Jones & Pat Doran one hole.
Fiona de Vries & Noreen Fention bt Rhona Brennan & Violet McBride 3 and 2.
Christine Quinn and Susan Dye bt Vicki Thomas & Jean O'Connor 1 hole.
Janet Melville & Jo Ashmore bt Janet Doleman & Jane Rees 2 and 1
Rozalyn Adams & Lucy Newton lost to Ann Lewis & Denis Richards 6 and 4.
Heather Anderson & Fiona Hu