Holders Ireland defeat Scotland in Men’s Home Internationals Opener

Scotland suffered an opening day defeat to holders Ireland, 11.5 – 3.5, in the Men’s Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, Wales.

After heavy overnight rain, dry but blustery conditions greeted the players and  Ireland got off to a flying start, winning the morning foursomes session 4-1.

Scotland’s Euan McIntosh and Ryan Lumsden got Scotland’s first point on the board, winning their match 3&2.

After Ireland’s excellent morning performance, Scotland had it all to do in the afternoon singles. Hopes of putting early pressure on Ireland were immediately dented as Robin Dawson took the opening singles match 5&3 with a blemish free score of five under par for his fifteen holes.

Scotland’s Euan Walker produced four birdies in a row from the 11th to win his match against Mark Power and claim a point for Scotland to make the overall match score at that point 5-2 in Ireland’s favour.

However wins for Jonathan Yates with six birdies in his 5&4 game, Conor Purcell and Caolan Rafferty quickly gave Ireland eight game points so putting the match out of Scotland’s reach with five games still out on the course.

In the remaining games Scotland’s Jeff Wright pulled away to a six up lead after ten holes before eventually beating Ireland’s Robbie Cannon by 3&2 and Johnston and O’Keeffe tied their game, However wins for Sugrue, Mullarney and McLarnon completed Ireland’s dominant performance

In the day’s other match England were too strong for Wales, winning by the same margin 11.5-3.5

After a hard fought morning session, it was honours even with both sides sitting on 2 ½ points a piece. However England ran away with the afternoon singles session, winning nine of ten matches.