Scotland’s Senior golf side (pictured by Kenny Smith Photography) today celebrated their first Home Internationals title in eight years after overcoming their opponents and the sea haar at North Berwick GC.
Captain John Fraser of Royal Burgess brought the curtain down on his two-year spell in charge in some style after helping the Scots to a first home nations title since 2006 at Dunbar.
Following an opening 7-2 win over Ireland, the Scots were back on the course early this morning after Wednesday’s play was suspended due to the fog.
In control overnight against Wales, Fraser’s men secured a 5.5 – 3.5 victory ahead of the final meeting with England, while Ireland met Wales.
With further fog forecast for later this afternoon, the teams agreed to halve the morning foursome matches to allow the ties to be completed today.
Fraser, newly-crowned Seniors Order of Merit winner Ian Brotherston (Dumfries & County) and Downfield’s Graham Bell all won their singles ties as the Scots triumphed 5.5 – 3.5 to take the overall crown. There were also key halved matches for Scottish Seniors champion Barry Brooks (Meldrum House) and Malcolm Reid (Sonning).
“The east coast has clearly proved a happy hunting ground for us,” said Fraser. “We were disappointed to miss out on a medal at the European Seniors, but the team rallied and we showed a real team effort here.
“The conditions were difficult, Graham Bell was back on the 14th tee at 7am this morning to finish his game against Wales, but we didn’t let it affect us and we produced the goods. It’s a lovely way for me to finish as captain, but all the guys played their part.”