At West Kilbride, England were winners of the Women’s Senior Home Internationals thanks to their narrow better points difference over Ireland, while Scotland earned a bonus as victors of the Men’s Senior Home Internationals thanks to an unbeaten week. Indeed, they defeated England 5.5–3.5 on the final day. Both championships were run concurrently with the combined team competition.
“We decided after last year when we didn’t feel we had done a good job of making it feel like one team and that this year we had to change that,” admitted Jones. “We really made sure, Andrew Atkinson, the men’s captain, and myself that we actually behaved and acted like one team this year. It really made a big difference.
“It’s nice to come north and win the trophy, especially on their turf here. It’s a little icing on the cake. We will be enjoying ourselves this evening.”
English success story
Jones felt England’s handling of the conditions was key to their success.
“The weather was a great shame as it’s a lovely spot at West Kilbride and we just didn’t get one nice day unfortunately,” she added. “It was really wet the first day, really windy the second day and a bit of a combination of both today. But the course was so well presented and I can’t give the club enough praise.”
With England winning the Men’s and Women’s Home Internationals and the Boys’ and Girls’ Home Internationals, the victory at West Kilbride continues the English success story at team level in 2023.
Jones said, “There is a good thing going in English amateur golf at the moment. I think the performance department at England Golf know what they’re trying to do and doing it very well.”