TEAM Deer Park were victorious in the seventh annual Ledbury Ryder Cup.

The team dressed in blue ran out winners with a 17½-12½ margin over Team Rest of Ledbury in red.

Team Deer Park also took the overall honours for the contest to 4-3 in favour of the blues.

What started out as an idea on a whim between two local friends saw the inaugural competition take place between 20 players in 2013.

Now 55 separate players have competed over the last seven years and the latest tournament featured 40 players taking to the greens and fairways at Dymock in what was the biggest year of the competition so far.

The match was very close after the opening doubles games as Deer Park just nudged ahead on 5½ points to Rest of Ledbury’s 4½, before the blues took a more decisive 12-8 win in the latter singles half of the contest. Victorious team captain Steve Powell was presented with the trophy in front of his elated side.

Powell handed over to the reins to David Morris to try and extend the overall score even further in the blues’ favour in 2020, while defeated red team skipper Dean Corbett handed over the red team captaincy to Joel Skyers as the Rest of Ledbury seek to return the score to a stalemate next year.