European champions Ireland fell at the first hurdle in their bid to take the Senior Women's Home Internationals title out of England's grasp at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire. England won 5.5-2.5, taking the foursomes by a 2pt margin and the singles 3-1.
Scotland, who lost all three matches 12 months ago, beat Wales 5-3 on a day that started wet but turned bright and very breezy by lunchtime.
It's all to play for on the final day of the Ladies' Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales.
After England came back from 1-2 down to beat Scotland 6-3 and Ireland drew 4.5pt apiece with Wales on Day 2, it means that Wales, England and Ireland all have a chance of grabbing the glory.
England's eight-year reign as champions of the Girls' Home International matches is over.
After a draw on the first day with Ireland, they were toppled by Scotland who beat England 6-3 at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales today.
WINDY FIRST DAY AT CONWY FOR NEW FORMAT INTERNATIONALS
Title-holders England staged a tremendous fightback in the singles to make up a 2pt deficit from the foursomes and snatch a 4.5-4.5 draw with Ireland on a windy opening day to the Ladies' Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales.
Scotland lead the Girls' Home Internationals table at the end of Day 1 at Conwy, having beaten Wales 7-2.
England, winners of the U18s' title for the past eight years in a row, drew 4.5-4.5 with a fighting Irish side.
JULIA ENGSTROM NEW AND YOUNGEST EVER AMATEUR CHAMPION
Julia Engstrom, who had her 15th birthday on March 27, has become the youngest ever winner of the title in the 113th Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire in Scotland. She surpassed the record of Lauren Taylor who was 16 when she was crowned champion at Royal Portrush in 2011.
It was slaughter in the sun as seven of the top eight seeds perished on a very warm, almost windless day for the first two match-play rounds in the Ladies' British Open Amateur championship at the exposed Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland.gu
Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), the World No 2 female amateur, started the uprising of the "lesser" qualifiers - she herself qualified last of 64 from the 36-hole stroke-play eliminator, by toppling the No 1 seed Leslie Cloots from Antwerp, Belgium by 3 and 2 in the morning.
Leslie Cloots repeated her opening round of one-under-par 71 for a two-under 142 total to lead the 64 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Ladies' British open amateur championship after another windy day at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire in Scotland.
Beaten in the 2014 final at Royal St George's in 2014, Leslie, from Antwerp, Belgium and a student at North Carolina University, is confident of another good run in this championship but she is not counting any chickens yet!
Her first ever hole in one helped Leslie Cloots, 21, from Antwerp Belgium to go two strokes clear of the field with a one-under-par round of 71 in windy conditions for the first qualifying round of the Ladies' British open amateur championship at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland today.
SIX OF WORLD'S 10 TOP PLAYERS IN FIELD AT DUNDONALD
Five of the victorious Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team at Dun Laoghaire are in the capacity field of 144 for the 113th staging of the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship which will be played at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire in Scotland from Tuesday to Saturday, June 21 to 25, 2016.
Great Britain & Ireland will be looking for a fast start when the 39th Curtis Cup gets underway at Dun Laoghaire south of Dublin tomorrow (Friday). Get the pairings and tee times for Friday morning here.
CURTIS CUP DEBUTS FOR FIVE OF GB&I TEAM AT DUN LAOGHAIRE
The Great Britain and Ireland team of eight for the 39th Curtis Cup match against the United States of America at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin, from June 10 to 12 has been named and will feature three players who have previously participated in the biennial transatlantic women's amateur international contest.
The Great Britain and Ireland team to challenge the United States of America, at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin from June 10 to 12, will warm up for the international contest with a "friendly" match against a team from Castle Golf Club on the south side of Dublin.
2016 will be the 63rd year of the Coronation Foursomes. The LGU is extremely grateful to Peugeot which, for the fifteenth successive year, has sponsored this hugely popular event that has gone from strength to strength with more than 27,000 lady golfers from 1,250 clubs competing in last year’s competition.
The Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A are to proceed with a merger of the two organisations.
Following an extensive consultation exercise, agreement has been reached on the merger of the two St Andrews-based bodies with the process due to be completed in the coming months.
The LGU organises a series of prestigious championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Curtis Cup and the merger will be an opportunity to further develop these world class events.
Mother and daughter team Yvonne and Rachel Woodcock of Blankney Golf Club, Lincolnshire, won the historic Peugeot LGU Coronation Foursomes over a rain-swept Eden Course at St Andrews Links, holding off Anna Jacobs and Anne Luetchford (Corhampton) thanks to a better inward half after both groups had finished on 38 points.
Staffordshire's Julie Brown kept her nerve with pars over the last five holes to win the Senior Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Prestatyn Golf Club, Wales. Julie, a member of Trentham Golf Club, finished the 54-hole event with rounds of 72, 75 and 78 for a three-over par total of 225 over the par-74 course.She won by three strokes from Irish senior ladies champion Gertie McMullen (The Island).
The 17‐year‐old, a member of Royal County Down Ladies’ Golf Club, gains a full exemption to next year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open which will be played at the end of July at Woburn Golf Club. In order to be eligible for the exemption Olivia must remain an amateur at least until that championship has been played.
Despite there being some great female players on the world stage, such as Charley Hull, Laura Davies, Mel Reid and Paula Creamer, golf is often wrongly perceived as a Man’s game. #ThisGirlGolfs is designed to shift this perception and inspire participation by highlighting women that are already playing the game at all levels.
INBEE PARK WINS BRITISH OPEN FOR CAREER GRAND SLAM
World Number One Inbee Park has made the 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open championship the seventh major victory of her brilliant career. The 27-year-old South Korean staged a grandstand finish to achieve a total of 12-under-par 276 and win the RWBO at Turnberry links for the first time.
CELINE BOUTIER IS NEW BRITISH OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPION
Celine Boutier, 21-year-old No 3 seed from the Paris suburb of Montrouge, is the new Ladies' British Open Amateur Champion. She beat 18-year-old Swedish player Linnea Strom from Gothenburg by 4 and 3 in the windswept 18-hole final at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland this afternoon.
The Ladies’ Golf Union has chosen the five-star Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel, Dublin as the official hotel for next year's Curtis Cup match between the best female amateur golfers in Great Britain & Ireland and their counterparts in the United States.
COMMISSIONING OF THE CURTIS CUP 2016 OFFICIAL ARTWORK
The 39th Curtis Cup match takes place from the 10-12 June 2016 and Dun Laoghaire G.C., situated near the picturesque village of Enniskerry in Dublin, Ireland, will host the match between the top women amateur players from GB & I and the USA.
The 41st Curtis Cup match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States will be played in 2020 at a venue selected by the Ladies’ Golf Union. Golf clubs who would like to be considered as hosts for the prestigious three-day match in June of that year are now invited by the LGU to express a written interest by 31st March 2015.
The Ladies Golf Union and IMG today can confirm a new five-year broadcast agreement for the Ricoh Women’s British Open with the UK’s two largest sports broadcasters, Sky and the BBC, running from 2017 – 2021, in an arrangement similar to that announced last week by the R&A for the Open Championship.
ISOBEL WARDLE SWEEPS INTO LAST 16 WITH SIX-UNDER-PAR FIGURES
Cheshire's Isobel Wardle, 16-year-old Prestbury GC member, was in brilliant form as she and 14-year-old England compatriot Lily-May Humphryes reached Friday morning's third round of the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship on a rather wet day - until late afternoon - at Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech in North Wales.
ISOBEL WARDLE SWEEPS INTO LAST 16 WITH SIX-UNDER-PAR FIGURES
Cheshire's Isobel Wardle, 16-year-old Prestbury GC member, was in brilliant form as she and 14-year-old England compatriot Lily-May Humphreys reached Friday morning's third round of the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship on a rather wet day - until late afternoon - at Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech in North Wales.
SWEDEN'S JULIA ENGSTROM BIDDING FOR TITLE DOUBLE AT HARLECH
If 15-year-old Swedish player Julia Engstrom, who became the youngest ever Ladies' British Open Amateur Champion in late June at Dundonald Links, were to win this week's Girls' British Open Amateur title at Royal St David's Golf Club at Harlech, she would make golfing history.
This afternoon's 18-hole final of the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship will be contested by 15-year-old Julia Engstrom from Sweden, the youngest player in a field of 144, and 19-year-old Dewi Weber from the Netherlands.
The LGU is saddened to learn of the death of long term supporter of women's golf Sir Richard George. With his company Weetabix, he helped to resurrect the Women's British Open. He was a huge supporter of women's golf and the LGU is indebted to him for his personal interest in the game.
A group of eight of Great Britain and Ireland's top players have been invited to take part in a Curtis Cup familiarisation session on 18th & 19th December at Dun Laoghaire GC, near Dublin, the venue for the 39th biennial match between Great Britain & Ireland and their USA counterparts next June.
Defending champions England gained a vital one-point lead by taking the foursomes 2-1 in the title decider against Ireland at Elm Park Golf Club, Dublin. Captain Pat Wrightson's team need to beat the host national to retain the Sue Johnson Trophy.
Scotland, determined to step up on Wednesday's performance when they lost 8-0 to Ireland, succeeded in sharing the morning foursomes with title-holders England on Day 2 of the Senior Women's Home International Matches at Elm Park Golf Club, Dublin.
Ireland, on a high after there 8-0 opening day, had their wings clipped by a Welsh team that had been a little bit unlucky not to beat England on Day 1.
Hosts Ireland and defending champions England will meet on the final day of the 2015 Senior Ladies Home International Matches to decide which team wins the title and the Sue Johnson Trophy at Elm Park Golf Club, Dublin.
Beaten 7-1 by England in last year's tournament, Wales gained a measure of revenge for that lopsided result by holding the defending champions to a 4-4 draw on the opening day of the 2015 Senior Ladies Home International Matches at Elm Park Golf Club, Dublin today.
In contrast, Scotland, who lost 7-1 to Ireland 12 months ago, suffered an even heavier defeat today in going down 8-0 to the home favourites.
The Senior Ladies' Home International Matches are a comparatively recent addition to the Ladies' Golf Union programme of events.
The first matches for a trophy donated by Mrs Sue Johnson, OBE, were played at Whittington Heath Golf Club near Birmingham in 2003 and the 13th series will be hosted by Elm Park Golf and Sports Club, Dublin from September 30 to October 2.
England won the first five titles (2003-2007) and their current total is eight after regaining the championship last year from Ireland who topped the table in 2012 and 2013.