A determined singles performance from England saw them edge out Ireland to top the standings in the first-ever combined team format for men and women in the R&A Home Internationals at Ballyliffin.
Trailing 4-3 from the morning foursomes, England responded by winning six of the 14 singles, halving four more and losing just four to edge out the home side 11-10.
The important victories in windy County Donegal conditions came from Lottie Wood, Hannah Screen, Oliv Huggins, Josh Berry, Harley Smith and Jack Bingham.
England captain Becca Hembrough was understandably delighted with the performance, hailing the resolve of her charges who lost none of the six matches that went the distance.
“An incredible performance especially from those early matches,” said Hembrough.
“Early on in the singles it didn’t look so good but they just kept fighting and to turn a couple of those matches into halves and a couple into wins – it was just amazing.
“They dug deep and they kept hitting quality golf shots. It was a tough finish, with some tough pin positions over the last few holes. I am incredibly proud of them.”
Ireland began the day in pole position, knowing a win or even a draw would see them secure the title but England were never going to go down without a fight.
Hembrough added, “This group of players did not need any motivational words after this morning. They wanted to win. That is what they want to do when they play for England. They were fired up, no words were needed. To be trailing going into the singles was all that was needed really.
“If you look to the lads who went out first, Sam Bairstow and Aaron Edwards Hill. To do what they did in the foursomes (they won 3&2) and then go out in those first singles matches and just fight right to the end (they both halved their matches) that was a standout today.”