Woodhall Spa, England (August 4, 2005) -- Wales came within one point of sharing
the Boys Home Internationals with England over the Hotchkin course at Woodhall
Spa. But the home side held on to the one point lead they had established in the
morning foursomes for an 8-7 victory which gave then an unprecedented eighth victory
to retain possession of The R&A Cup.
Zac Gould, Mark Trow and Adam Runcie won three of the opening four singles
matches for Wales this afternoon, but England's playing captain Tom Sherreard
stemmed the tide and got great support from Ben Parker and new caps Tom Haylock,
James Watts and Sam Hutsby to secure victory.
Rhys Enoch and Marc Lewis were the other winners for Wales, who had beaten
both Ireland and Scotland by an 8-7 margin on the opening two days, but the
loss to England left them with only a shared victory with Scotland in 1992 on
the honours board.
Scotland clinched third place with their only win of the series against Ireland,
sharing the singles at five matches each after gaining a two-point advantage
in the morning foursomes for an 8-6 margin with one match halved. On the first
two days they lost to England by 10-5 and to Wales by 8-7. Scotland won the
event in 1987, 1990 and 1995 and shared the title with Wales in 1992.
Ireland finished without a victory, losing by a 8-7 to Wales and by 9-6 to
England. When the R&A Trophy was first presented to the winning team in
1985, Ireland shared the honours with England before winning outright the following
year and again in 1997.
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