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Coote swings it for Ireland

Tralee's Michael Coote was the hero as Ireland got their quest for a fourth consecutive Senior Men's Home International Championship off to a winning start at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire yesterday.

They were facing defeat when Scotland took the foursomes 2-1 and were up in three of the six singles. Coote, however, secured a famous 5-4 victory for the defending champions.

Adrian Morrow and Maurice Kelly collected the only Irish foursomes point, while Arthur Pierse, Hugh Smyth and Morrow won in the singles.

In the other opening day fixture England beat Wales also 5-4. Today, Ireland face Wales and England meet Scotland.

Twins off pace

at windy Hoylake

The Maguire twins both struggled in the wind in the first round of the Duke of York Champions Trophy over the tough Royal Liverpool Links at Hoylake yesterday and have work to do to move into contention.

Lisa returned an eight-over-par 80, while Leona was round in 85 -- in between the pair came Ireland's Jordan Hood on 82. Perrine Delacour of France topped the leaderboard at the end of a day which saw the top five places occupied by girls.

Doran off to

a solid start

Donabate's Pat Doran fired a 77 in the first round of the Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Belvoir Park, Belfast yesterday.

Doran is just two off the pace set by London-based Welsh international Jane Rees after she posted halves of 39 and 38.

Also on the 77 mark is fellow Irish international Sheena McElroy from Grange.

Helen Jones of Strabane returned an opening 83, while home club player Violet McBride posted an 80.

•ATHLETICS: World record holder Usain Bolt last night won the 100m dash at an IAAF World Challenge event in a season's best time of 9.85 seconds in Zagreb.

Irish Independent