England won the first mixed U16 international against Ireland with a convincing score of 15.5-8.5 at Limerick Golf Club.
The team laid the foundations of their success in the first day’s foursomes and fourballs, in conditions described by manager Nick Over as “particularly wet and trying.”
Despite that the team played excellent golf to lead 10-2 going into the final singles session.
Three players had a 100% winning record during the weekend: Caitlin Whitehead, Rafiah Banday and Ben Schmidt. Another three were unbeaten, with 2.5 points from three: Rosie Belsham, Conor Gough and George Leigh.
Top, the England girls, from left: Rosie Belsham, 16, Whitley Bay, Northumberland; Ellie Gower, 16, Chateaux des Vigier, France; Jess Baker, 16, Gosforth Park Ladies’, Northumberland; Caitlin Whitehead, 16, Carus Green, Cumbria; Rafiah Banday, 15, Royal Mid-Surrey, Surrey; Daisy Kennedy, 16, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.
Below, the England boys, from left: George Leigh, 16, Trevose, Cornwall; Ben Schmidt, 16, Rotherham, Yorkshire; Conor Gough, 16, Stoke Park, BB&O; Max Hopkins, 15, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire; Josh Hill, 14, Jumeirah, Dubai; Ben Pierleoni, 16, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.