England emerge on top in Auld Enemy clash

England retained the Men’s Home International title for a second year in a row defeating a battling Scotland team 9-6 in Lahinch.

There was nothing to separate the sides as they shared the morning foursomes 2½-2½. Somerset’s Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb maintained their unbeaten foursomes record for England when they beat Euan McIntosh and Kieran Cantley 2&1 in the opening morning match. Matty Lamb and Ben Hutchinson also secured 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. “The win means everything to the team,” explained English captain, Gareth Jenkins. “The strength we had in depth showed this week. They’ve played some outstanding golf on a beautiful golf course.” Photo © Golf Union Ireland

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