Monday, September 20, 2021

MEN'S HOME INTERNATIONALS - Scotland pipped for title by Ireland

The Scotland Men’s team, with Stuart Easton (Irvine) and Ruben Lindsay (Turnberry) in the squad, lost out narrowly to Ireland in the recent Home Internationals matches at Hankley Common in England.

On the opening day Scotland played Ireland and in a tight match it was the Irish team who edged what was to eventually prove a crucial victory by 8.5 – 6.5.

In the morning foursomes Stuart Easton was paired with Lewis Irvine, losing by 2 holes to T J Ford and Jack McDonnell as Scotland trailed 3 – 2 going into the afternoon singles.

In the singles Stuart Easton beat Jack McDonnell by one hole whilst Ruben Lindsay lost by 2 & 1 to Alan Fahy as the Scots lost the singles series 5.5 – 4.5 to lose the opening match overall.

On the second day Scotland faced England, winning the match convincingly by 10 – 5.

Both the Ayrshire players took part in the morning foursomes, which Scotland won by 3 – 2. Ruben Lindsay and Darren Howie lost to Olly Huggins and John Gough by 5 & 4 whilst Stuart Easton again teamed up with Lewis Irvine and beat Zachary Chewirden and Laird Shepherd by 3 & 1.

In the afternoon singles, in which Scotland overpowered England by 8 – 2 to secure the win overall, Stuart Easton beat Callan Barrow by 2 & 1 whilst Ruben Lindsay lost to Jack Bigham by 4 & 3.

On the final day Scotland faced Wales, knowing that a victory, coupled with an England victory, would give Scotland the Raymond Trophy and Home Internationals title for 2021, and they ensured a nail biting finish by defeating Wales 11 – 4 in their last match of the series.

The foundation of the win was laid with a 4.5 – 0.5 win in the morning foursomes matches. Stuart Easton again paired up with Lewis Irvine and beat Luke Harries and Alex Greville by 1 hole in the morning ties.

In the afternoon singles, which Scotland won by 6.5 – 3.5, Stuart Easton lost by 3 & 2 to ben Chamberlain. Ruben Lindsay did not feature in the final day’s ties.

Despite their efforts, Scotland’s championship title bid fell agonisingly short when Ireland secured a 7.5 – 7.5 draw with England in their final match, to take the Home Internationals title for 2021.

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