Ireland saved their best performance for when it mattered most at the Home Internationals, crushing Scotland 11-4 to successfully defend the title for the first time since 1992.
After edging out the morning foursomes 3-2, Ireland dominated the singles, winning eight of the 10 points on offer at Royal Portrush.
“It’s a great endorsement of the quality of Irish golf. And it’s great for the future of Irish amateur golf,” said team captain Tony Goode, who had five newcomers in his side at Portrush.
Knock’s Colin Fairweather enjoyed a dream debut, collecting five points from a possible six, while Alex Gleeson and Rowan Lester both contributed to the winning tally against Scotland.
“I was so pleased for the rookies, it was a fantastic performance from them. It’s the start of a building phase for Irish amateur golf. I have great hope for the future.”
The week proved to be a personal triumph for Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell who was named Player of the Championship, having won five and a half points across three days.
“The points tally was more than I expected at the start of the week,” said Campbell who won three points out of three alongside John-Ross Galbraith in the foursomes.
“It’s really nice to be part of a winning team again, particularly at Royal Portrush.”
In the battle for third, England overturned a 4-1 deficit from the foursomes against Wales to run out 8.5-6.5 winners.
England 8.5 Wales 6.5 (England names first)
Foursomes: Ashley Chesters & Jimmy Mullen lost to David Boote & Tim Harry 3/1; Ben Taylor & Tomasz Anderson lost to Owen Edwards & Joshua Davies 2 holes; Alfie Plant & Dan Brown lost to Jack Davidson & Tom Williams 3/2; Paul Kinnear & Sean Towndrow lost to Ben Westgate & Michael Hearne 2 holes; Ashton Turner & Jamie Bower beat Evan Griffith & Zach Galliford 4/3.
Ashley Chesters beat David Boote 3/2; Jimmy Mullen halved with Joshua Davies; Joe Dean lost to Owen Edwards 1 hole; Dan Brown beat Richard James 3/2; Alfie Plant beat Tim Harry 2/1; Ben aylor lost to Zach Galliford 2/1; Tomasz Anderson beat Tom Williams 2 holes; Sean Towndrow beat Evan Griffith 4/3; Ashton Turner beat Jack Davidson 1 hole; Paul Kinnear beat Michael Hearne 3/2
Scotland 4 Ireland 11 (Scotland names first)
Graeme Robertson & Jack McDonald lost to Gavin Moynihan & Jack Hume 2/1; Connor Syme & Robert McIntyre lost to Dermot McElroy & Colin Fairweather 1 holes; Daniel Young & Greig Marchbank beat Robin Dawson & Rowan Lester 3/1; Barry Hume & Matt Clark beat Paul McBride & Stuart Grehan 2/1; Craig Howie & Craig Ross lost to John-Ross Galbraith & Colm Campbell 2 holes
Jack McDonald lost to Jack Hume 3/2; Robert McIntyre lost to Gavin Moynihan 2/1; Graeme Robertson beat Paul McBride 2/1; Daniel Young lost to Colin Fairweather 2/1; Barry Hume lost to Alex Gleeson 5/4; Matt Clark beat Dermot McElroy 1 hole; Craig Howie lost to Rowan Lester 1 hole; Ryan Campbell lost to Robin Dawson 3/2; Greig Marchbank lost to Colm Campbell 4/3; Connor Syme lost to John Ross Galbraith 1 hole