Ireland secured a third successive International King’s Cup, following the final day of competition at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen.
This year, 12-man teams (six pairs) of club golfers from Ireland and the USA went head-to-head at the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co. Fermanagh.
Under King’s Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole. Ireland needed just 176 points from the final 12 singles matches to pass the winning mark of 433 points.
Ireland dominated the fourball and greensomes session on Wednesday and Thursday to take a huge lead into the final day singles.
Team USA got off to a fine start in the singles but there was to be no dramatic comeback. Ireland set about chipping away at their points target.
USA Team captain Bob Butte said: “We would love to win but the camaraderie that developed amongst the players is the most important thing.
“The values that Mr Palmer displayed throughout his career, his integrity, sportsmanship and commitment to excellence is at the heart everything we try to do with this event
“We always had ambitions to bring this event to the States and we’d love to see that happen next year. We will have 90 degree heat, we will play on bermuda grass and we will turn this thing around.”
Team USA and Team Ireland at the conclusion of the International King’s Cup
Ireland 127 USA 89
Ireland 130 USA 86
Ireland 228 USA 204
Ireland 485 USA 379