Ireland won the Men’s Home internationals for an historic fourth year in a row as they snatched victory over England by just a half game point.
The teams had each won their earlier two matches against Scotland and Wales and they met in a title showdown on the final day of the championship at Moortown, Yorkshire.
After 36 holes of ups and downs and drama, they halved their match with 7.5 points apiece.
However, over the three days, Ireland had won 26.5 games to England’s 26 - and, once again, the Raymond Trophy travelled home with them.
For Ireland, it was the signal for celebrations, with team captain Tony Goode bowing out on a high after his three years in office.
Not only is this the first time that Ireland has successfully won the trophy four years in a row, but he believes he is the first captain to amass three consecutive wins.
“It’s historic, an amateur record,” he said. “The boys at the front led as I expect them to and the boys at the back did exceptionally well. It was an absolutely great performance.”
For England, there was huge disappointment once again. They lost this championship last year on the last putt on the last green. They lost the gold medal in the European team championships a few weeks ago on the last putt on the last green. This year, they were denied victory when they were within touching distance of claiming the prize.
Team captain Kevin Tucker remarked: “I’m incredibly proud of my team, they were underdogs and they nearly pulled it off. They were great.”
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