YORKSHIRE made light of losing top players to the European amateur championship in Estonia by sweeping to a 10-shot victory in the Northern Counties six-man championship at Delamere Forest.
Captain Darryl Berry was delighted to see his young side's hard work in practice pay off as they finished on 886, winning with ease from Lancashire to claim a place in September's English finals at Sandwell Park in the Midlands.
"The players know that some of them wouldn't have been first picks, but to be honest I think that may have helped us in a way because they were there to show us what they can do," said Berry.
"Ben Hutchinson, at 21, was the oldest player in the side and it must be one of the youngest teams we have fielded which has won.
"They put a proper shift in during the practice days on Monday and Tuesday; it has been an absolute pleasure to work with them."
Malton & Norton's David Hague (71 72) and Lindrick's Bailey Gill (72 71) led the way and received excellent backing from Wheatley's Ben Brewster (71 77) and Kealan Lowe (78 72), Fulford's James Cass (74 76) and Howley Hall's Hutchinson (78 74).
Berry and England coach Graham Walker, of The Oaks, devised a point-scoring game for the Yorkshire team to play on the back nine during practice having identified this as a key area where overall success could be earned.
"Doing preparation stuff like that certainly helps you to win the tournament because with nine holes to go all we had to do was stick to the plan that we had made," said Berry.
"Delamere Forest is quite a fiddly track; the front nine is completely different to the back nine.
"You can see a lot from the tee on the front nine, but on the back nine there are a lot of blind tee shots. You don't need the driver really, apart from on maybe a couple of holes, but you just need to be in the right places off the tee.
"There are a lot of birdie chances if you hit it in the right place off the tee and that's what the lads did. That is what we worked out and that is what they played to.
"The practice game we worked out for them, they played 15 under between them on the back nine. We knew if we could emulate that on the day no team was going to touch us and I think that reassured the guys a lot.
"The guys stuck to the plan, got themselves in a good position and then everybody else had to chase us.
"I think in total the whole team dropped only six shots on the back nine over 36 holes so it proves what we did worked."