Hampshire has bridged a 21-year gap to become the English Men’s County Champions at Trevose in Cornwall. The side saw off Staffordshire 6½-2½ to win the title for the first time since 1996, when a young Justin Rose was in the team
Since then, it has been a long road back to the top in county golf, particularly for playing captain Martin Young who has just completed his eighth county ginals.
News of the victory filtered back to Young as Tom Robson, Ryan Harmer and Billy McKenzie delivered the crucial two-and-a-half points in the singles to take the team over the line.
Matt Wilcox and Colin Roope made it even better for Hampshire when they won their games to complete the victory and give the team a complete set of three wins in the championship.
Young, who was moved to tears as he played his final two holes, said afterwards: “This is so weird. I am so unbelievably happy.”
Somerset finished second, with Staffordshire in third spot and Northumberland fourth.