ROYAL North Devon Golf Club players have returned from Pau Golf Club, established by Englishman Lord Hamilton in South West France, with the prestigious Hamilton Cup.

They won it after defeating six other European clubs, including Pau, which is the oldest golf club in Continental Europe, established in 1856.

The RND course is England’s oldest, established in 1864, and all the other competing clubs are also more than 100 years old. The trophy is competed for annually at each of the participating clubs’ courses.

To win was a major achievement,especially as RND members are used to playing on a links course, with no trees and parkland fairways.

The first day’s 4BBB competition was won by the senior men’s representatives Peter Wilson and Hugh Bone and the second day’s individual Stableford scores by the RND ladies - Mary Wilson, Ruth Horn and Angie White gave RND the highest overall score. Other participating members were Sheila Bone, Alan MacKenzie(capt), Graham White and Jeremy Horn.

Final scores were: 1, RND 341 pts; 2, Real Golf Club de Castillo, Spain 332; 3, Pau GC, France 317; 4, Tenby GC, Wales 315; Kirby Muxlow GC, England 312; 6, Golf Bordelais, France 302; 7, Las Rias Baixas, Spain 302.

With the retirement from the RND team of Sheila and Hugh Bone, the club will be recruiting new members for the 2012 competition in Northern Spain. Expenses are funded by the participating members and not the clubs.