England’s teams – featuring North East players Rosie Belsham, Jess Hall and Maggie Whitehead – completed brilliant victories in the Home Internationals at Machynys and Lindrick.
England’s joint men’s and women’s team swept the board to claim a memorable treble at Machynys in Wales.
A 12.5-8.5 final day victory over Ireland allowed the 16-strong combined England squad to pip the men and women from the Emerald Isle to the R&A Trophy following earlier wins against Scotland and Wales.
England’s women – including Whitley Bay-based Roise and Bishop Auckland-based Jess – secured a 5-4 win against the Irish to make it three successes from three across the week and ensure they would be the recipients of the International Shield and the Hugh C Kelly Cup.
In the fight for the historic Men’s Home International title, England also edged out Ireland by the barest of margins, just half a point, to win the Raymond Trophy and secure a memorable treble for Team England.
Meanwhile, England won the Girls’ & Boys’ Home Internationals at Lindrick Golf Club after a combined 13-8 win over Ireland.
The Girls – including Close House-based Maggie Whitehead – were in mesmerising form in the morning foursomes, winning all their matches, before triumphing in five out of six singles matches to comprehensively win 8-1 and win the Girls’ trophy.
The Boys’ team won two of their four morning foursomes but only won three of their eight singles matches as they went down 7-5 to Ireland. Despite Ireland winning the Boys’ trophy, the combined score for the Boys and Girls meant England were crowned champions.