Boys Home International
This year’s Boy Home International will take place at Western Gailes Golf Club, one of the standout links courses on Scotland’s west coast and the venue where Ireland will defend their title.
Western Gailes is a traditional links dating back to 1897 with 18 holes routed through a stunning strip of natural duneland, enveloped by the railway line to the east and coastline overlooking the Firth of Clyde and Isle of Arran.
The club is no stranger to hosting championship events and has been used as a Final Qualifying venue when The Open Championship is played at Royal Troon and Turnberry. It has also staged numerous Scottish Amateur Championships, the 1972 Curtis Cup and the 2007 European Amateur Team Championships when the victorious Irish team included a youthful Rory McIlroy.
England had to pull out all the stops before they were crowned Boys Home Internationals champions for the third time in four years on a dramatic final day at Western Gailes Golf Club in Ayrshire. After winning their opening two matches against Scotland and Wales, Derek Hughes’ sides needed a result against defending champions Ireland, who like Scotland, still had an outside chance of winning if results had gone their way. In the end, England turned things around in the final singles session to defeat Ireland by 8-7 to complete a set of three wins for the week.
This is a round robin international series at Boys level with each of the four home countries playing against one another. The matches comprise five morning foursomes followed by ten afternoon singles.