14th August 2016
For the third successive year Ireland won last week’s 2016 Home Internationals after a nail biting 8-7 victory over England on the final day at Nairn Golf Club.
Ireland with the Raymond Trophy (Photo: Kenny Smith Photography)
The full competition results can be viewed here [Click on the match results to see the individual game scores] – 2016 Men’s Home Internationals Results
From a 2017 Walker Cup perspective it is difficult to draw too many conclusions from this historic Team event as it was once again scheduled against the US Amateur Championship which is being played at Oakland Hills CC in Detroit next week. This left the teams, most notably England and Scotland, without many of GB&I’s leading amateur players.
Here is the individual player performance analysis from the 2016 Home Internationals: –
As you can see there were a number of impressive performances. England’s Ashton Turner won the Fairstone Player of the Championship award after winning all six of his games. He paired up well with James Walker in the foursomes and beat Sandy Scott (SCO) 5&3, Evan Griffith (WAL) 3&2 and most impressively Stuart Grehan (IRE) 3&2 in the Singles.
This year’s Home Internationals were very competitive. With the exception of one match all the results were very close which hopefully will have done all the players the world of good and toughen them up for future Team challenges that may be ahead.
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