Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dawson earns crucial singles point

Chris Smart

Ireland beat their big rivals Scotland in the European Boys Team Championship in Sweden yesterday on a day when play had to be twice suspended due to the weather.

They got home 3-2 in a tense battle over the Lidingo course and will today meet France with fifth place in the championship at stake.

It was a crucial singles point at the foot of the order by Robin Dawson, who has consistently produced good golf this week, that saw the Irish home.

In a nip-and-tuck encounter, Dawson pipped Bradley Neil on the home green for a win which added to the earlier successes of Gavin Moynihan and Alex Gleeson.

In-form Gleeson defeated Craig Howie 2&1, while at the top of the singles order Moynihan continued his fine season by beating Ewan Scott 4&3.

The foursomes pairing of John-Ross Galbraith and William Russell lost, as did Jordan Hood in the singles.

Meanwhile, in the European Girls Team Championship in Germany, Ireland have stepped up several gears during the match-play phase and will today face Belgium for ninth place -- their best possible finish after failing to make the top flight.

Following their convincing triumph over Switzerland at the St Leon Rot Club on Thursday, they proved too good for Finland yesterday and recorded a 3-2 success, with the foursomes proving to be the key encounter in a toughly fought match.

That was won by Olivia Mehaffey and Jessica Carty, who edged to an extra-hole victory over Iida Nikka and Miia Pulliainen.

Lisa Maguire, who has been out of sorts for most of the week, and Jean O'Driscoll lost their singles clashes, which meant Irish champion Leona Maguire and Chloe Ryan had to pull through to take their country into the second flight final -- and they will fancy their chances of overcoming Belgium today.

Irish Independent

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