Scotland suffered a narrow defeat to arch-rivals England on day two of the Men’s Home Internationals, losing 8-7.
England sprinted to a 4-1 lead after the morning foursomes, with the duo of Stuart Easton and Euan Walker picking up Scotland’s point.
In the afternoon singles matches, Mitch Waite was the first to record a point, winning his match against Euan McIntosh 5&3 having been ahead since the 3rd hole of the game. Seven birdies in sixteen holes helped secure David Hague’s 4&3 win over Jim Johnston and maintained his personal 100% record in the championship.
Tom Plumb won four in a row from the 12th to record a 4&3 win against Stuart Easton to make the overall match score 7-1 in England’s favour.
Euan Walker put the first Scottish point on the board in the singles as he completed a 3&1 win over previously undefeated Tom Sloman. Four birdies in the last ten holes helped Ryan Lumsden turn around the top match against Andrew Wilson and record a win on the eighteenth. With the overall match score at 7-3 Scotland still harboured hopes of a late comeback but those thoughts were dashed as England’s Ben Jones recorded a 5&4 win over Matt Clark in the final game.
Wins for Scottish players Roger, Wright and James Wilson in the remaining games gave Scotland the satisfaction of winning the afternoon singles but the overall match score ended up 8-7 in England’s favour.
As we look forward to day three Ireland and England sit on top of the table with two wins a piece and the two in-form teams will battle it out to see who will take the title of 2018 Home International champions. Meanwhile, Scotland will face Wales with both certainly eager to ensure they don’t go home without recording a win. We look forward to another super day’s golf tomorrow.