England’s Senior Men follow European glory with Home International crown

England completed a golden double when they won the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club.

The English team (pictured above) were crowned as European Men’s Senior champions a couple of weeks ago in Denmark and they added the domestic Home Internationals title to their name when they halved on the last day in Northumberland with last year’s champions Scotland.

England and Scotland set up the decider after both teams beat Ireland and Wales in the earlier rounds and it was the English who won on points when they halved a tense closing match 4 ½ -4 ½.

The Scots led 2 ½ – ½ after the foursomes but they knew they also needed a big win in the singles to overhaul their rivals and in the end it was the English who battled back to tie the match and secure the silverware.

Scotland’s Ronnie Clark beat England’s Ian Attoe 3 & 2 in the top singles but wins by Rich Jones and Paul Wharton got England back on track before Scotland regained the initiative when Derek Paton beat Alan Mew. Richard Norton also supplied a point for England with a 6&5 victory over Richard Johnston but it was only when Rupert Kellock beat Robert Smith by one hole in the final singles that the match was tied.

“It was very tight all day,” said English captain, Roy Smethurst, before announcing he was to stand down as captain after five years at the helm.

“We were two down after the first two games in the foursomes so the half in the last game was crucial to give us a toehold in the match.

“We knew we’d face a tough match against the Scots and that’s exactly what we got. We’re just delighted to secure another victory to add to the one in Denmark. It’s been a great couple of weeks for us all.

“I’ve decided to step down as captain at the top,” he added. “It has been great while it has lasted but I can’t stand the pressure anymore so it’s time to pass it on to a younger man.”

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