England retained the trophy for a second year in a row when they beat a battling Scotland team 9-6 in the deciding match at the Men’s Home International tournament at Lahinch.
The two teams came into the match with one hundred percent records having beaten Wales and hosts Ireland in the previous rounds and there was still nothing between them when they shared the morning foursomes 2 ½ – 2 ½.
Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb maintained their unbeaten foursomes record for the England when they beat Euan McIntosh and Kieran Cantley 2 & 1 in the opening match in the morning. Matty Lamb and Ben Hutchinson also secured a 4 & 3 victory over James Wilson and Connor McKinney while Bailey Gill and Joshua McMahon earned a halve against Lewis Irvine and Stuart Easton.
The winning Scots were Matt Clark and Ryan Lumsden, who beat Ben Jones and Jake Burnage by one hole, and Eric McIntosh and Darren Howie who completed a 5 & 4 victory over Harry Hall and Ben Schmidt.
The match was tantalisingly poised heading into the singles but Sloman and Jones quickly gave the English the initiative with wins over Lumsden and Cantley before Plumb halved with Wilson. Callum Farr also secured a halve and Matty Lamb claimed a win before 17-year-old Ben Schmidt supplied the winning point with a two-hole victory over Eric McIntosh.
Gill also supplied a win while McMahon halved against Euan McIntosh.
“The win means everything to the team,” explained English captain, Gareth Jenkins. “The strength we had in depth showed this week.
“They are great at playing for themselves, but even better playing for each other. Unfortunately, we’re going to lose a lot of players to the paid ranks but they’ve finished off their amateur careers in style this week. They’ve played some outstanding golf on a beautiful golf course.”
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