Ireland Edge out Scots in Dramatic Morning Finish
James White's half point was not enough to give Scotland a win against Ireland this morning (Photo: Kenny Smith)
Scotland’s hopes of Home Internationals glory suffered a setback as Ireland edged out the hosts 8 – 7 following the resumption of play at Gailes Links early this morning.
Jack McDonald (Barassie) was the first of the Scots to complete his match when play resumed at 7am, but the 19-year-old was forced to settle for a half point when opponent Harry Diamond sank a 12-foot par saving putt on the final green.
Balmore’s Fraser McKenna was eased out 3 and 2 by Nicky Grant, while Scott Borrowman (Dollar) lost out 2 and 1 to Gavin Moynihan, putting Ireland within touching distance of an opening match win.
South African Amateur champion Brian Soutar was two down with four to play when rain stopped play last night, but the Leven man won the opening three holes to move to the 18th one up on Rory McNamara. Needing a par to clinch a win, Soutar’s 7-foot putt agonisingly slipped past to give Ireland the half point they needed.
Fellow Fifer James White made birdie on the last two holes to gain a half in the final match against Kevin Phelan.
Scotland are now in action against England, with the foursomes matches teeing off at 0900, while Wales take on Ireland from 0940. Entry is free for spectators with a feast of top-class golf on show all day.
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