England have won the Boys Home Internationals for the third consecutive year and with a 100% record after defeating Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the round-robin competition at Royal Dornoch.
England and Ireland played out an exciting title decider on the third and final day of play on the North-East coast of Scotland and the defending champions ran out 8-7 winners to retain the trophy. England have now won the under-18 team event 17 times since 1996.
Ireland were left to settle for a runner-up spot while Scotland finished in third place after impressively beating Wales 11-4.
Scotland 11-4 Wales
Scotland took control of the match against Wales during the morning foursomes and were 4-1 ahead going into the afternoon singles.
Four birdies by Greg Dalziel and Connor Wilson were influential in their 4&3 win over James Ashfield and Dylan Thomas, while Ruben Lindsay and Andrew Thornton led from the first hole and did not relinquish their grip on the contest for the entirety of a 2&1 victory against Rueben Bather and Connor Owen.
There were narrow wins by one hole for the Scottish pairings of Aidan O’Hagan and Calum Scott and Liam Waldron and Dean Walsh against Welsh counterparts Abe Forsyth and Matthew Sandoz and Sean David and Tom Peet.
Wales managed to salvage a point from the foursomes thanks to Archie Davies and Tom Matthews defeating George Heath and Connor McKinney by one hole.
Dalziel extended Scotland’s lead to 5-1 by picking up the first point of the afternoon singles in a 3&2 win against Matthews. In the first match of the singles draw, McKinney and Archie Davies could not be separated by 18 holes to give both sides a halve.
Sandoz reduced the deficit to three points for Wales with a 4&2 victory against Lindsay but the Scots quickly responded by collecting a further 2½ points after Waldron defeated Bather 2&1 and Wilson beat Ben Davies by two holes. Heath and Ashfield shared the spoils in a halved match.
Walsh increased Scotland’s lead again when a successful 3&2 result against Owen put his side 9-3 up, only for Forsyth to pull another point back for Wales when he triumphed 4&2 over Scott.
Jack Broun proved to be too strong for Peet after rolling in four birdies in a 3&2 win and O’Hagan rounded off an excellent day for Scotland by claiming a narrow win by one hole against Thomas to leave the final score at 11-4.
The 2019 Boys Home Internationals will be played at Ashburnham from 6-8 August.