18th August 2017 – Day 3
The Men’s Home Internationals came to a dramatic conclusion this afternoon at Moortown Golf Club in Leeds.
The Raymond Trophy was won by IRELAND. They drew the deciding match with ENGLAND 7.5 – 7.5 but in doing so pipped the home nation by a half point in total match points earned, 26.5 against 26.0.
Game 6 – IRELAND v. ENGLAND – Results
This was Ireland’s fourth consecutive victory in the event, a national record for them in the long history of this competition.
Earlier in the day Wales beat Scotland 9.5 – 5.5, consigning the Scots to the wooden spoon.
Game 5 – WALES v. SCOTLAND – Results
Click here to view the detailed – Men’s Home Internationals Results
Here is the final Points Table with the ‘Countback’ information at the bottom: –
Points Table (Photo: England Golf Event Microsite)
Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Josh HILLEARD (ENG), Jack DAVIDSON (WAL) and Jamie STEWART (SCO) were the ‘Most Valuable Players’ for the four competing countries as can be seen in the following analysis: –
17th August 2017 – Day 2
Game 3 – IRELAND v. SCOTLAND – Results
Ireland beat Scotland 10-5 to remain on course for a fourth consecutive Raymond Trophy win.
Ireland won the Foursomes 4-1, with only Ryan LUMSDEN and Euan WALKER able to come out on top for the Scots. The Singles were much closer with the Irish narrowly winning the series 6-4.
Paul MCBRIDE followed up a morning Foursomes win with Conor O’ROURKE with a notable 5&4 against fellow Walker Cup hopeful Liam JOHNSTON.
Game 4 – WALES v. ENGLAND – Results
England beat Wales 9.5-5.5 to secure a winner takes all match against Ireland tomorrow.
Wales had the better of the Foursomes winning the series 3-2. However, England came back strongly in the afternoon Singles (7.5-2.5) to run out comfortable winners in the end.
Jack DAVIDSON beat Matthew JORDAN 3&2 in the top Singles game.
David HAGUE beat Llewellyn MATTHEWS 8&6 to remain the only player in the competition with a 100% Win record.
The Day 2 Points Table (Photo: England Golf Website)
16th August 2017 – Day 1
Game 1 – IRELAND v. WALES – Results
Ireland overcame Wales 9-6 on Day 1 of the Men’s Home Internationals. Wales won the morning Foursomes series 3-2 but struggled in the Singles, losing 7-3.
Paul MCBRIDE, having won his morning Foursomes with Conor O’ROURKE, was rested in the afternoon presumably due to a minor injury.
Jack DAVIDSON beat Conor O’ROURKE 2&1 in the afternoon Singles.
Game 2 – ENGLAND v. SCOTLAND – Results
England also beat Scotland 9-6. England took a 4-1 lead into the afternoon and looked for a while as if they may run away with the match but the Scots fought back to reduce the deficit to 3 points.
Craig HOWIE beat Dan BROWN by 1 hole whilst Matthew JORDAN halved with Liam JOHNSTON.
12th August 2017 – Preview
The 2017 Men’s Home Internationals will be contested between 16th and 18th August at Moortown Golf Club near Leeds in England.
Ireland will travel to Yorkshire hoping to win the Raymond Trophy for a fourth consecutive year.
A competitive series of matches is guaranteed as all of the players will be looking to impress ahead of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team announcement which is expected to be made on 21st August.
11-man teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales play against each other annually, taking it in turns to the host the event.
Over three days all of the countries play each other once. There are five foursomes and ten singles match play games in each series.
The winner is the country with the highest number of match points. 1 point is awarded for a win, 0.5 for a half and 0 for a loss. Ties are resolved by considering the number of individual game points secured in the three matches played.
The four national golf unions have selected the following players to represent their countries this year: –
It remains a frustration to followers of amateur golf that this prestigious international match continues to be scheduled directly against the US Amateur Championship.
This year David BOOTE (WAL), Harry ELLIS (ENG), Scott GREGORY (ENG), Jack SINGH BRAR (ENG), Stuart GREHAN (IRE), Robert MACINTYRE (SCO), Alfie PLANT (ENG) and Connor SYME (SCO) are all playing in the US Amateur, thus weakening their respective national teams and reducing the importance of this historic competition.
Moortown Golf Club
Founded in 1909 Moortown was designed by the famous golf course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie.
One of the finest inland golf courses in England it is noted for it’s large greens and superb bunkering.
The courses measures 6,980 yards from the Blue Championship tees, playing to a par of 71.
Moortown hosted the 1929 Ryder Cup, the first on British soil, as well as many other professional tournaments between 1929 and 1986.
On the amateur circuit it has hosted the Boys’ Amateur Championship (1934, 1958, 1966 & 1972), the English Amateur Championship (1938, 1962, 1980 & 1994), the English Ladies Championship (1955), the Brabazon Trophy (1957, 1968, 1974, 1999 & 2009), the Ladies’ Home Internationals (1978), the Ladies’ British Amateur Open Stroke Play (1983 & 2015) and the Boys’ Home Internationals (2001).
2016 Men’s Home Internationals
Ireland won the 2016 Home Internationals after a nail biting 8-7 victory over England on the final day at Nairn Golf Club.
Ireland with the Raymond Trophy (Photo: Kenny Smith)
England had led the match 3-2 after the morning Foursomes but Ireland came out fighting in the afternoon Singles. Early on they appeared to be leading virtually all of the matches. England did well to recover a few of the games but at the end of the day the Irish were able to carry their early momentum through to secure a crucial 6-4 series win.
Man of the moment was Colm CAMPBELL who birdied the last to secure a narrow 1 hole win over Adam CHAPMAN. Playing in the final Singles it proved to be the crucial winning point.
Please click the link to review the full competition results – 2016 Men’s Home Internationals Results. [Click on the match results to see the individual game scores]
I include below the Individual Performances Analysis from last year as much so we can reflect on who played as to how well each player did: –
I am looking forward to this week’s competition and to some of the match ups, which may very well end up being unofficial Walker Cup deciders.
Good luck to all the players and teams.
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