Ireland boys off to fast start at Homes

​Boys beat Wales 10-5 while England beat Scotland by same margin on day one at Dornoch

  • 07 August 2018
PHOTO: Mark Power, courtesy of Golffile. Text below courtesy of www.randa.org 

Ireland 10-5 Wales

Despite Welsh pair Reuben Bather and Connor Owen cantering to a very impressive 5&4 win over Max Kennedy and Eoin Murphy, it was Ireland who seized the advantage after picking up the remaining four points against Wales in the morning foursomes.   

Aaron Marshall and Mark Power were 3up by the turn in their match against James Ashfield and Archie Davies and it proved to be a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of their 3&2 win.

John Brady and Tom McKibbin triumphed by the same scoreline against the Welsh duo of Ben Davies and Tom Matthews. The Irish pair picked up three holes in a row from the 14th and closed out the match on the 16th after their opponents could only make a bogey on the par 4.

Close matches

The two other foursomes were very close encounters which could have swung either way. Despite being 3up after 14 holes, Odhran Maguire and Luke O’Neill were taken down the 18th by Abe Forsyth and Matthew Sandoz after contriving to make bogeys on the 15th and 16th to leave the match all-square. The next two holes were halved to give the Irish twosome the win.

Alan Hill and Jack Kitt also gave away a three hole lead in the early stages of their match against Tom Peet and Dylan Thomas. Nevertheless, a bogey by the Welshmen on the 18th hole was the decisive moment as Hill and Kitt secured their par.

In the afternoon singles, Ireland’s Power was no match for Ben Davies in a 5&3 win while Charlie Denvir extended the lead further following a victory by same scoreline against Sean David.

Welsh rally

Wales rallied to pick up two points after Matthews won his match against Marshall by two holes and Archie Davies narrowly edged his encounter with McKibbin by one hole.

It turned out to only be temporary respite from the excellent golf shown by the Irish team: Murphy’s 4&3 result in his match with Owen was soon followed by O’Neill and an impressive 5&4 result against Bather.

Brady and Ashfield and Alan Hill and Forsyth halved their matches to take a share of the spoils. Kennedy beat Sandoz by one hole, while Peet pulled one point back for Wales with a win by the same margin.