Monday 23 April 2018

Ireland complete Triple Crown

Chris Smart

Ireland romped to their first Senior Women's Home International title at Elie and Earlsferry when they completed the Triple Crown by trouncing host nation Scotland 7-1 -- a result that meant they lost only six games during the three-day round-robin contest.

A 2-1 foursomes success achieved after Ireland had trailed for a time during the morning laid the foundations for the victory -- and they then proceeded to capture their maiden crown in style by winning all five singles for a 7-1 triumph.

Sheena McElroy of the Grange Club set the tone for the afternoon as she overwhelmed Alison Bartlett 7&6 in the top-of-the-order match. She did not lose a hole, was five up at the turn and then won 10 and 12 to close out the match and take Ireland to the brink of the title.

Then it was all over when Laytown and Bettystown's Carol Wickham beat Mary Smith 3&2.

She established a four-hole lead at the 12th and then four consecutive halves saw her home.

It was appropriate that Wickham's point gave Ireland the crown as she won all her six matches during the series.

For good measure Suzanne Corcoran, Helen Jones and Pat Doran won their games to complete the rout.

England thrashed Wales 6-2 to takes runners-up spot with Scotland third as Wales took the wooden spoon.

Irish Independent

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