(Courtesy of the Cal Carson Golf Agency)Scotland scored an historic “double whammy” over England in the annual schools golf international over the windswept Kilmarnock Barassie links today (Monday).
Heedful of the weather forecast that 80mph gales would hit Ayrshire in late afternoon – compared with 20 to 30mph earlier in the day – the organisers scrapped the usual morning foursomes/afternoon singles format and played singles only in a bid to get the youngsters off the course and back in the safety of the clubhouse before the peak of the bad weather.
The Scots won the boys’ match 8-4 and the girls’ match by an even more emphatic 5-1 margin. Overall, that meant a
13-5 victory scoreline. Scotland
Hugh Hunter, past president of the Scottish Golf Union and an official of the Scottish Schools Golf Association, said:
“I cannot remember when
won both the boys’ and girls' matches on the same day. In fact, Scotland England have dominated the series in recent years so it is good for the competition that have become competitive again at schools level. Scotland
“Just like the Walker Cup, there’s no doubt that the wind was a big factor in the home victory. The
boys and girls showed a lot of spirit in coping with the conditions better than their opponents, in the main.” Scotland
The two Ayrshire players in the Scotland team, Scottish Boys Champion David Wilson and Under 16 Internationalist Euan Walker (pictured) contributed a point each with wins in their respective ties.
names first) Scotland
Daniel McConnachie (Dumfries and Galloway) lost to Mark Collins (
) 3 and 2. Kent
David Wilson (South Ayrshire) bt Hugh Campbell (Hertfordshire) 3 and 1.
Jamie Savage (East Dunbartonshire) bt Mike Younie (
Avon) 7 and 5.
Euan Walker (South Ayrshire) bt Jamie Clare (
) 6 and 5. Somerset
Ben Kinsley (
Fife) bt Matt Hill (Bedfordshire) 6 and 5.
James Steven (South Lanarkshire) bt Reece Francis (
Essex) 1 hole.
Lawrence Allan (Clackmannan) bt Dean Newbold (
Avon) 1 hole.
Willem Kerr (City of
Edinburgh) lost to Jordan Slater ( Essex) 3 and 2.
Daniel Flannery (Borders) halved with Bradley Moore (Derbyshire).
Craig Howie (Borders) halved with Jack Hermeston (Northumberland).
Ewan Scott (Fife) lost to Daniel Brown (
Yorkshire) 5 and 3.
Bradley Neil (Perth & Kinross) bt Kyle Potter (
Berkshire) 5 and 3.
Ailsa Summers (
Dundee City) bt Shelby Smart ( Avon) 4 and 3.
Jessica Meek (Angus) lost to Georgina Mundy (Hampshire) 3 and 1.
Lauren Whyte (
Fife) bt Emily-Mae Hall (Derbyshire) 6 and 5.
Linsey Stevenson (
Glasgow) bt Alison Knowles ( Yorkshire) 2 and 1.
Kimberley Beveridge (South Aberdeenshire) bt Dulcie Sverdloff (
Essex) 1 hole.
Clara Young (East Lothian) bt Hollie Vizard (
Lancashire) 3 and 2.