During the banquet following the tournament, the chairman of the Leather and Hide Trades Benevolent Institute (LHTBI), William Tusting, and Robert Hollidge from Footwear Friends, were presented with cheques for their respective charities. Despite the economic downturn the total for the year will reach £15,000 ($24,000).

Despite cooler temperatures and a strong wind, it remained dry for the 85 competitors to take on the tough challenges of the Hunting and Priestman championship courses.

Jeremy Palser of Hot Brands won the Championship and the News Bowl for the second time in three years. Palser also won the Lotus Trophy for the West Midlands region.

The runner up, winning the United Chrome tanners Cup was Malcolm Sloan from Northern Ireland. Malcolm also won the Shamrock trophy for Ireland.

The International Match was a resounding victory for Scotland & Ireland, beating England & Wales by 3 and a half, to a half.

Nora Perry from Leeds won the ladies championship and the Shoe & leather News trophy. Kate James from Euroleathers won the ‘Footsure Salver’.

The Scratch cup, The Wilbur Muirhead trophy was retained by Craig Hamilton from Barnard Castle, who also won the ‘Parker Founders’ trophy for those having played on 10 or more occasions. The Under 35’s Hugh Denton trophy was won by 16-year-old Stephen O’Brien, and his father; Bernard O’Brien won the Presidents Salver, with the Turner Bowl for over the 60’s being won by Ivor Tilley of Wollaston Marketing.

The Marlone Trophy for visitors was won by Simon Pollard, from Leicestershire.

Next year the 65th championship will be held at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club on the Killeen Course and Mahoney’s Point, Ireland with the Castlerosse Hotel being the headquarters. The dates for 2010 are June 16-18.

For further information about the event please contact Rodney Gibson, +44 (0)1162 434081 – rodney@leicesteruk.co.uk