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Graduation time

Yes, it was England’s turn. The Home Internationals at Hillside finished with the team that had seven Walker Cup players in it at the top. I guess that in a way is what one could expect given that the other teams had three Walker Cup players between them. But the again, golf usually is not what you can expect. It is more like a box of chocolate, as Forrest Gump would have put it – you never know what you are going to get. Looking at the total number of match points that the two leading teams got, Scotland actually came out on top. Out of 15 points per day (5 foursomes and 10 singles) times three days for a total of 45 possible points, they took 30. England got to 29.5. I would say that is pretty impressive. But as the Championship is about how many teams you beat, it was England’s week.

I started the week at a very wet Gleneagles where the European Tour has stopped this week. Some of the players of this year’s Home Internationals teams will no doubt want to be there next year. Some of the probably will too. After the Walker Cup it will be up to them to go out and find a job. In professional golf that means going to a pretty rigorous interview process called Qualifying School, usually with a record breaking number of applicants each year. I hope they do find a job – and if not, there is always the alternative of another year at university, in amateur golf. Not all careers have that option!

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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