England were crowned the 2017 Boys Home Internationals champions today with a 100% record after winning all three matches against Ireland, Scotland and Wales at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire
Derek Hughes’ side successfully defended the trophy which they won at Ballyliffin in Ireland last year and England have now won the under-18 team event 16 times since 1996.
Hughes commented: “I'm obviously very pleased. The boys have done very well and the new boys, Robin Williams and Joe Pagdin, have done very well.” The two players were England’s top scorers, alongside Toby Briggs and Conor Gough, with five points from six.
Hughes continued: "It's not just winning the games, it's about how they've fitted into the squad. This is a great competition and Joe, who's 15, has come over from Florida and he's never experienced anything like this before. He's absolutely loved it, the whole thing.
"The course has been very good. It's in really good condition. We had heavy rain on Tuesday when the greenkeepers did a great job. When the boys got back out on the course after the rain delay it was excellent. It's a good venue and everything about the week has been first class."
England played their way into pole position with an 11-4 win over Wales on the first day and a 10-5 win over Ireland on the second, before beating Scotland 8-7.
The English victory was sealed during the morning foursomes against Scotland earlier today when they took a 4-1 lead, while Wales, who had held a slim chance of catching them, lost their foursomes against Ireland by the same margin. Despite the main prize having gone, Scotland restored some pride in the afternoon singles which they won 6-4, despite losing the overall contest.
Ireland finished on a high against Wales winning six of the ten afternoon singles and the match overall 10-5.
Final placings: 1 England, 2 Ireland, 3 Wales, 4 Scotland.
England team, pictured courtesy The R&A: Toby Briggs of Dunston Hall, Norfolk; Jack Cope of The Players Club, Gloucestershire; Danny Daniels of Essendon, Hertfordshire; Harry Goddard of Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire; Alex Fitzpatrick of Hallamshire, Yorkshire; Conor Gough of Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire; Ben Jones of Northamptonshire County; Joe Pagdin of Florida, USA; Thomas Plumb of Sherborne, Dorset; Charlie Strickland of Ham Manor, Sussex; Robin Williams of Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire.
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