Monday, August 30, 2021

INTERNATIONAL GOLF - two Ayrshire players in action for Great Britain & Ireland

Two Ayrshire players were in action for Great Britain & Ireland last week, with Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) playing in the 41st Curtis Cup encounter against The U.S.A. at Conwy Golf Club in Wales from Thursday the 26th to Saturday the 28th of August, and Ruben Lindsay (Turnberry) taking part in the Jaques Leglise trophy against Europe, at Falsterbo Golf Club in Sweden, on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of August.

The United States team eventually powered their way to victory in the Curtis Cup match by 12.5 - 7.5 over the three days, dominating the final day's singles to win  on European soil for the first time since 2008.

On the opening day the Great Britain & Ireland team took a 4.5 - 1.5 lead.

In the morning foursomes, Louise Duncan teaming up with fellow Scot Hannah Darling to secure a halved match with Rachel Heck and world woman's amateur number one Rose Zhang.

Louise did not play in the afternoon fourball matches.

Fortunes were reversed on day 2 when the U.S.A. secured 4.5 points and G.B. & I. 1.5 points to make the match score 6 - 6 going into the final day singles.

In the foursomes on day two, Louise Duncan was again paired with Hannah Darling against Heck and Zhang, but lost out on this occasion by 3 & 2.

In the second day fourball ties, Louise was paired with Ireland's Lauren Walsh, and lost by 3 & 2 to Jensen Castle & Rachel Kuehn.

On the final day the U.S.A. took the singles 6.5 - 1.5 to secure victory in the match.

Louise Duncan played Rachel Kuehn in the final day singles, losing out by 2 holes in her tie.

In the Jaques Leglise Trophy match at Falsterbo in Sweden, the European team eventually had a comfortable victory by 16.5 - 8.5 over the two day series of ties.

Europe won the opening foursomes matches on the first day by 3 - 1. Ruben Lindsay did not play in the first series of matches.

In the afternoon singles on the first day, Ruben beat Tiger Christiansen by one hole as the Great Britain & Ireland team took the singles by 4.5 - 1.5 to make the match score 6.5 - 5.5 to Europe overnight.

On the second day, Ruben Lindsay was paired with fellow Scot Cameron Adam in the foursomes, but lost out by 3 & 2 to Oihan Guillamoundguy and Riccardo Frantinelli as Europe stamped ther authority on the match, taking the second day foursomes  by 3.5 - 0.5.

In the afternoon singles on day two, Ruben Lindsay again faced Riccardo Frantinelli but lost by 3 & 2 as Europe took the singles 6.5 - 2.5 to win the match 16.5 - 8.5 overall.

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