England retain Seniors Home Internationals
 England's Roy Smethurst (Team Captain) with the 2017 Seniors Home Internationals trophy after their victory at Rosslare Golf Club today (28/09/2017). Also in the picture are back (from left)  Doug Cameron, Mark Stones, Ian Crowther, Bryan Hughes and Ian Attoe. In front are Alan Mew and Stephen East.  Picture by  Pat Cashman

England's Roy Smethurst (Team Captain) with the 2017 Seniors Home Internationals trophy after their victory at Rosslare Golf Club today (28/09/2017). Also in the picture are back (from left)  Doug Cameron, Mark Stones, Ian Crowther, Bryan Hughes and Ian Attoe. In front are Alan Mew and Stephen East.  Picture by Pat Cashman

England retained the weather-affected Seniors Home Internationals by remaining unbeaten at Rosslare.

The champions tied with Scotland in their match, which was enough to secure victory as Ireland came up half a point short and had to settle for second.

Play was suspended on day two due to high winds. When the action resumed on Thursday morning, Ireland beat Scotland 6-3 while England crushed Wales 7.5-1.5, winning all six singles.

By agreement of the team captains, the foursomes matches were halved.

With two wins from two, England needed just half a point against Scotland.

Ireland applied the pressure by beating Wales, winning 7.5-1.5, but England secured the title when they finished level with Scotland, 4.5 points apiece.

Seniors Home Internationals, Rosslare Golf Club

Detailed scores

Final P W D L Pts

  1. England 3 2 1 0 2.5
  2. Ireland 3 2 0 1 2
  3. Scotland 3 1 1 1 1.5
  4. Wales 3 0 0 3 0

THURSDAY 27 September

* Ireland 6 Scotland 3 (Ireland names first)

  1. A Morrow beat N Robson 4&3
  2. L Halpin beat R Clark 2&1
  3. J Mitchell halved with R Smith
  4. B Donlon beat D Hamilton 3&2
  5. B O’Leary lost to I Brotherston 4&2
  6. H Smyth beat J Fraser 2&1

* England 7.5 Wales 1.5 (England names first)

  1. D Cameron beat N Grimmitt 4&3
  2. S East beat N Evans 3&2
  3. B Hughes beat A Williams 3&2
  4. M Stones beat C Jones 2&1
  5. I Attoe beat P Sutton 2&1
  6. I Crowther beat J Thomas 3&1

* Foursomes matches were halved by captains’ agreement

England 4.5 Scotland 4.5 (England names first)

  1. D Cameron halved with R Clark
  2. S East beat D Hamilton 6&5
  3. B Hughes beat N Robson 4&3
  4. A Mew lost to R Smith 5&4
  5. M Stones halved with L Blair
  6. I Attoe halved with J Fraser
  7. I Crowther lost to I Brotherston 3&2

Ireland 7.5 Wales 1.5 (Ireland names first)

  1. A Morrow beat N Grimmitt W/O;
  2. L Halpin beat P Sutton 7&6;
  3. J Mitchell beat P Bloomfield 1 hole;
  4. N Duke beat C Jones 1 hole;
  5. B Donlon beat N Evans 6&4;
  6. H Smyth halved with A Williams;
  7. B O’Leary beat J Thomas 2&1

* Foursomes matches were halved by captains’ agreement