England win the first match

England proved to be the stronger team in the first match of the Home Internationals against Wales. The singles results in the afternoon swung the match in England’s direction and at finish the score was 8.5-6.5 in England’s favour. England Captain, Jonathan Plaxton reports:

“England’s defence of the title, won last year at County Louth in Ireland, opened successfully at Muirfield.
On a day when it seemed like more holes changed hands than were actually halved the England Team, which includes six new caps, staged a come back in the singles after losing the morning foursomes by two points to three.
Having spent two days preparing to play Wales, in a repeat of the 2007 opening match, the foursomes series once more went to Wales who played extremely well and clearly meant business!
On a breezy but mainly dry day the punitive rough claimed many victims and the unusually green fairways stood out against the much larger expanse of jungle! However following lunch a rear guard action in the singles saw England safely home by 8.5 to 6.5 which slightly flattered as five of these points came from the last five games! With Ireland despatching Scotland (9.5 to 5.5 after a near whitewash in the foursomes) England’s Thursday game is against hosts Scotland.

Full coverage of the Home Internationals on the Scottish Golf Union website.

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