Home Internationals

England in the Home Internationals (© Tom Ward)

England in the Home Internationals (© Tom Ward)

It is a big week, this one. The Home Internationals (I think it must be only in the UK you can play Internationals with the Home countries…), for a long time seen as the pinnacle event for amateurs in Britain. Even though it is now challenged by a number of other high profile events in the amateur calendar there is no doubt that it is one of the finest tournaments in the year. Teams of 11 players tee it up in 5 foursomes every morning and 10 singles in the afternoon. All four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, play each other to find a winner. To field 11 competitive players, strong enough to represent their country in the required way does call for some strength in depth and not many other countries would ever be able to compete with the Home Unions in this. The amateur culture just is not strong enough and most of those amateurs good enough to take part would have already turned professional before it is time to pick the time. To represent you country in an 11 men team, that is a pretty special thing though and perhaps it does serve as a spring board for players to go on to even bigger things. With the Walker Cup being just around the corner it will no doubt help to put those players in the match play mode they need to be at Merion against the USA.

When the ‘Homes’ started today England managed to beat Scotland 9.5 against 5.5 and Wales won against Ireland. You can follow the action with live scoring here.

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