YORKSHIRE GOLFERS are celebrating this week after claiming the prestigious Thomas Telford Trophy by the narrowest of margins.
In the closest finish in recent history, just one point separated ICE Yorkshire from neighbours ICE North after 36 gruelling holes at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.
With scores from two morning foursomes over the West Course added to those from four afternoon singles over the undulating High Course, consistency proved the key for the Yorkshire team of John Tirrill, David James, John Goundry and Trevor Haigh.
In the morning foursomes, Yorkshire missed out on a top three finish where ICE North's Tom and Edward Bill topped the scoreboard with 40 points.
In the afternoon Yorkshire's star man Goundry could only equal the 33 point top score of South West's Peter Rogers and East Midland's Neil Dixon, with Dixon taking the individual prize on countback.
But overall, Yorkshire's 184 points were enough to seal the one point victory. South West came in third with 171.
The trophy came to Moor Park this year with the generous support of Mouchel Parkman and local knowledge from Chiltern's captain David Swan.
With 59 years' course experience Swan could have been expected to sting the competition, but the reality was rather different - Swan was forced to share the Past Captain's Balls for lowest points overall with Welshman Jerry Cutter.
Yorkshire collected the trophy from Thomas Telford managing director Hugh Ferguson at a gala dinner following the day's competition.
Next year the competition moves to the East Midlands, where it is to be held at Woodhall Spa on 8 September.
Winners Longest drive: Andy Jackson, North.
Nearest the pin: Peter Rogers, South West.
Scott Quaich (best scratch score): Clive Oliphant, North.
Chilterns Veterans Salver (best veteran): Peter Platt-Higgins, Southern.
Winner: Tom Bill & Edward Bill, Northern Ireland.
Second: Paul Musgrave & Clive Oliphant, North.
Third: Andy Ward & Ian Lilley, East Midlands.
Winner: Neil Dixon, East Midlands.
Second: Peter Rogers, South West.
Third: Yorkshire, John Goundry.