Murray magic not enough for irish
Ireland finished with the wooden spoon in the Home International Championship at Ashburnham, in South Wales, yesterday for the second successive year after being overwhelmed by Scotland.
Starting the day with an outside chance of the Raymond Trophy, their hopes were soon dashed.
The Scots put behind them the defeats of the previous two days and played like they did in winning the 2008 World Championship and 2009 European title.
But to be fair to the Irish, the
11-4 scoreline was somewhat flattering to Scotland as they gained five of their points on the home green. The Scots laid the foundations for their success in winning the foursomes 3.5-1.5.
The only losers were Philip McLean and Peter Latimer who went down by one hole to Irish close champion Dara Lernihan and Pat Murray.
In the singles Amateur Championship runner-up James Byrne took an early grip on his game with Luke Lennox and was soon three up -- Lennox had no answer for the Byrne magic and succumbed 4&2.
Alan Dunbar and Conor Doran were involved in nip and tuck tussles with Greg Paterson and Philip McLean respectively. In the end, both lost on the last as did Eddie McCormick to Brian Soutar.
Murray was the one Irishmann who more than held his own as he was several under-par in seeing off James White 6&5 to record a double for the day.
Lytham Trophy winner Paul Cutler did well to pip Ross Kellett on the final green.
England thrashed Wales, also by an 11-4 margin, to retain their title while Scotland, because of their win yesterday, finish second with the hosts Wales third.
- Mark O'Mahoney, kept the best for last in yesterday's charity PGA pro-am at Kilkea Castle. He carded a three-under-par 67 to top the leaderboard at the end of the day.
Peter Jones and his Coollattin team snatched the team prize on 92 points.