The Irish Senior Ladies Team retained the Mary McKenna Perpetual Salver at Dunbar in an exciting encounter when the singles were shared but Scotland lost the opening four-balls by three matches to one.

The Scottish Veteran Ladies champion, Lorna Bennett, led the Scots with a convincing 6 and 5 victory over Pat Doran but the next three ties went to Ireland. Helen Jones played steadily to beat Sheena Wood by 4 and 3.

In the match between the two Marys, Ireland's Mary McLaren proved too strong for Mary Smith. Scottish Senior Ladies champion, Alison Bartlett, found herself opposite a barrage of birdies as Ireland's Laura Webb birdied the first five holes and went to the turn in 33.

Anne Ryan played very solidly for a 2 and 1 win over Carol Wickham. Debutante Gillian Kyle fought back from four down but eventually succumbed to Sheena McElroy by 3 and 1. Lesley Lloyd and Lorna McKinlay both had good wins versus Suzanne Corcoran and Gertie McMullen respectively but by then it was too late - Ireland had won by seven matches to five.

SCOTLAND VETS 5, IRELAND SENIORS 7

At Dunbar Golf Club
Sunday Four-balls: Scotland 1, Ireland 3
Monday Singles: Scotland 4, Ireland 4
Results (Scottish names first)
Lorna Bennett bt Pat Doran 6 and 5
Sheena Wood lost to Helen Jones 4 and 3
Mary Smith lost to Mary McLaren 5 and 4
Alison Bartlett lost to Laura Webb 5 and 4
Anne Ryan bt Carol Wickham 2 and 1
Gillian Kyle lost to Sheena McElroy 3 and 1
Lesley Lloyd bt Suzanne Corcoran 3 and 2
Lorna McKinlay bt Gertie McMullen 5 and 3

Photograph: The Irish Seniors Team with their Captain, Mary Madden holding the Mary McKenna Salver. Back Row: L to R: Sheena McElroy, Laura Webb, Carol Wickham, Pat Doran, Mary McLaren, Helen Jones, Suzanne Corcoran, Gertie McMullen.

CREDIT CAL CARSON GOLF


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