Last week Crowborough Beacon Golf Club hosted the most prestigious event in the amateur golf calendar – the Home International Tournament.
Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales took part in what was to turn out to be a very wet tournament.
On the first day England beat European champions Ireland. They were pulled through 4-3 by David Niven who turned his match around by winning five holes in a row and then holed a 40ft birdie putt on the last to snatch the crucial point.
England team captain Roy Smethurst said:
It was a great fightback and a fantastic start. It couldn’t have been closer and we have always struggled against Ireland, so we are absolutely delighted to win.
The first day’s matches were decided by seven singles, instead of the usual combination of three foursomes and six singles, after heavy rain flooded the course and delayed play by over four hours.
On the second day England didn’t lose a game as they beat Wales 5½-1½ to take the lead. Both matches were successfully completed, although it rained for most of the England game and the last players were thoroughly soaked. Smethurst praised the Course Manager and his staff:
All respect to the greenstaff who have kept the course open and playable.
A win in the final match against Scotland would of given them the trophy – but it wasn’t to be.
Scotland retained the Senior Men’s Home International title after the tournament ended in a three-way tie. Scotland’s Captain David Gardner, whose team defeated England 5-4 in the final match said:
We didn’t think we would win the tournament because we thought it was decided on goal difference. But it turned out that the holders retain.
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