England are the 2018 Men’s Home Internationals champions, ending the four year reign of Ireland to reclaim the title.
The team triumphed at Conwy Golf Club, Wales, overcoming Ireland 8.5-6.5 in today’s title decider. The result was particularly sweet after last year when Ireland beat England by half a game point to retain their title.
Team captain Gareth Jenkins commented: “This is fantastic. We’ve been so close over the last few years that to finally have the chance and to win is great. The team had an amazing fighting spirit and played some outstanding golf this week.
“We’ve all got to thank our coach, Graham Walker, for the way he prepared the team. He really deserves tremendous credit.”
England, who last won this championship in 2013, opened their campaign with an 11.5-3.5 win over the hosts, Wales. Although the score line was convincing the match was initially very tight with the five foursomes shared. But England pulled out all the stops in the singles, winning all but one of the games.
On the second day, the team took on Scotland and got off to a great start, winning four of the five foursomes. However the match developed into an intensely tight battle, with England eventually edging to an 8-7 victory, with Ben Jones confirming the team’s win.
Ireland, meanwhile, had also beaten Scotland and Wales in their first two games. So the final day’s encounter between England and the holders would decide the destination of the Raymond Trophy.
There was nothing to choose between the teams in the foursomes, which were shared with 2.5 points apiece. The singles were also extremely close, although Andrew Wilson lost no time in putting a point on the board for England with his 7/6 win.
The other games were far more hard fought, but gradually the points mounted as Mitch Waite won 2up, David Hague 2/1, Tom Plumb 3/2 and Joe Long 3/2, until David Langley sealed the victory with his 2 up result.
The team’s top scorer was Yorkshire’s David Hague, who had a perfect score of six wins from six games. Dorset’s Tom Plumb was unbeaten in his six games, with four wins and two halves.
The England team, captained by Gareth Jenkins and coached by Graham Walker, was:
Jake Burnage, 23, (Saunton, Devon)
Bailey Gill, 21, (Lindrick, Yorkshire)
David Hague, 22, (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire)
Ben Jones, 19, (Northamptonshire County)
David Langley, 24, (Castle Royle, BB&O)
Joe Long, 21, (Lansdown, Gloucestershire)
Tom Plumb, 19, (Yeovil, represents Somerset)
Nick Poppleton, 24, (Wath, Yorkshire)
Tom Sloman, 22, (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset)
Mitch Waite, 23, (Filton, Gloucestershire)
Andrew Wilson, 24, (Darlington, Durham)
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