CRAIG CAN’T SAVE SCOTS
Ross is on losing side
Cambuslang golfer Craig Ross reckons he can take confidence from his last tournament, despite defeat to the Irish and English in the Men’s Home Internationals.
The 23-year-old was part of the 11man Scotland team who played at Nairn last week and finished third in the tournament of four.
Craig, a Kirkhill Golf Club member, and his fellow Scots were beaten 8½6½ by England as their bid to win the Raymond Trophy for the first time since 2012 came to an end.
In what was a wet and windy day on Thursday Craig and his team looked to be in a commanding position before eventual winners Ireland conjured up an incredible fightback to win 8½-6½.
A victory over Wales on the final day was not enough to push them up the group table but Craig was pleased to have gained more experience to end his golfing season.
The reigning South African Amateur champ, who was playing in his third consecutive Home Internationals, said: “It went okay. It was quite tight over the games against England and Ireland.
“It’s always tough against England and we were unlucky to get beaten on the day.”
Craig faced The Auld Enemy knowing it would take a good round to claim a victory.
Having shared the morning foursomes, the match was hanging in the balance during the 10 singles matches and Craig mounted a spirited recovery in his match with Dan Brown to haul himself back from three down.
But Craig’s push for a crucial point was downed at the 17th when he threeputted from the front of the green,
giving his rival a crucial one-shot lead which he held on to on the final hole.
A commanding 4-1 lunchtime advantage over the Irish looked to have boosted the Scots’ chances of victory on Thursday in a game that was nearly called off due to bad weather.
But they were blown away in the afternoon as Ireland produced a dazzling singles performance.
Craig achieved a battling half but home hopes were short-lived as John Ross Galbraith sank his putt at the last to edge out Sandy Scott.
“We played great against Ireland,” Craig told the Reformer. “They were probably the best team out the lot and fully deserved to win it all, I think.
“We started well and were 4-1 up after the foursomes. We only needed something like four points to win but we didn’t quite manage it. Ireland turned it around and won.
“The weather was pretty bad, with quite a lot of rain. It was very windy and you could see the ball move about a little bit on the green.
“The ninth was pretty much flooded and you could see water in the hole.
“We waited about 15 or 20 minutes on the 11th while the guys tried to get rid of some of the water.
“Our team coach Ian Rae was talking to the Irish about calling off the foursomes and just playing the singles but it dried up.”
Commenting on the match against Wales, Craig said: “It was just as tough.
“It was all square on the last day. I got a good half match in my game and it helped us get the win.
“It was good to finish with the victory but it’s disappointing not to have won the tournament on home soil.
“But it was a good week. The course was in the best condition I’d seen it in and it was good experience for me.
“Everyone was friendly with each other but it was just those putts that didn’t drop for us.”
Home Internationals Craig Ross (right) and partner Craig Howie in action in Nairn
Disappointed Craig Ross