Champions team up

Northern Golfer Champions of Champions Jess Baker and Rosie Belsham teamed up with England’s best youngsters to beat Ireland at Limerick Golf Club.

England U16s were represented by a team of six girls and six boys, which also featured Carus Green’s Caitlin Whitehead, and dominated Saturday’s foursomes and fourball betterball sessions – winning both 5-1 before Ireland rallied to win Sunday’s singles 6.5-5.5 as England captured a decisive 15.5-8.5 victory.

Jess and Rosie combined to claim 3.5 points from a possible six, winning their foursomes matches alongside Daisy Kennedy and Caitlin Whitehead respectively before teaming up to get a half point in their fourball match.

Rosie then claimed a 3&2 win over Emma Flemming as Jess was beaten 2dn by Lucia Masding in Sunday’s singles session.

Rosie said: “It was a little bit different playing away at such a different course but I loved every minute of it.

“I played well in all three matches despite not having my A game – my putting definitely kept me in the matches.”

Jess added: “Being back with the team in Ireland was a fantastic experience on and off the course.

“I was happy with how I performed on a really tough course – there’s not a lot I could do when my opponent had five birdies to finish her round in the singles, despite halving a few of the holes!

“I’ve got some work to do this winter and I’m looking forward to playing some new tournaments next year and hopefully winning some more England caps.”