Nairn teenager ready to represent Scotland at home internationals
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Nairn teenager Calum Scott will be among 29 players representing Scotland at the Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa.
The Women’s, Junior and Seniors’ Home Internationals are all being played from Wednesday to Friday.
Due to Covid restrictions this year’s Boys’ and Girls’ matches have been combined with eight boys and six girls coming together to play for one trophy.
Each match comprises seven foursomes and 14 singles with the boys playing against the boys and the girls competing against the girls from the other three nations.
The eight boys selected for this combined match are new Scottish Boys’ champion Archie Finnie (Royal Burgess), his club-mate Cameron Adam, brothers Gregor and Connor Graham (both Blairgowrie), Daniel Bullen (Auchterarder), Ross Laird (Glenbervie), Ruben Lindsay (Turnberry) and Calum Scott (Nairn).
Finnie, Connor Graham, Laird and Bullen all make their Home International debuts. Connor Graham, Scott and Laird all missed the training session at Ladybank because they reached the latter stages of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Murcar Links and Portlethen.
The girls picked for the inaugural mixed match are led by Carmen Griffiths
(Aboyne) who won the recent Scottish Girls’ Championship at Strathaven. Also representing their country are Grace Crawford (North Berwick), Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs), Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas), Robin Fowlie (Forfar) and Katie Graham (Hamilton). Docherty, Graham and Fowlie are all Home Internationals debutants.
“It’s a huge honour to be representing Scotland next week,” said Finnie, who beat Laird in the final of the recent Scottish Boys’ Championship at Bruntsfield
“At the start of the season I probably wasn’t on the radar as far as being selected for the team but the good week at the Scottish Boys got me here and I’m delighted. I’m really looking forward to it.”
“This is my third Home Internationals and also my last junior event so it’s going to be very special,” said Griffiths. “The Home Internationals are always a great event. It’s a long week but playing alongside some of my best friends is always fun.
“This year, due to Covid, we’re combined with the boys which will be interesting,” she added.
“I don’t know how it’s going to pan out, I don’t think anyone knows, to be honest, but hopefully we can get lots of points on the board for Scotland.”
The men’s and women’s Seniors matches have also been combined and will be contested with four foursomes in the morning and eight singles after lunch.
That means the Seniors match is the same as the Junior match in that all players will play in every foursomes and singles series.
The four senior men representing Scotland are playing captain Ronnie Clark (Erskine), Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon), Derek Paton (Dunnikier Park) and Stewart Henderson (Hamilton) who makes his Home Internationals debut having previously represented Scotland at the 2019 European Seniors’ Team Championship.
Fiona De Vries is the non-playing captain on the senior women’s team which comprises Senior Women’s champion Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Mortonhall), fellow Home International debutant Karen Marshall (Baberton), Gillian Kyle (East Refrewshire) and Elaine Moffat (St Regulus).