5th September 2018
Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) won the 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy match against Continent of Europe 15.5 – 9.5.
The GB&I Team With The Jacques Léglise Trophy (Photo: Joe Pagdin)
The match took place at Kytäjä Golf in Finland on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September.
This annual match is contested by two nine-player U18 boys’ teams. It is essentially the junior equivalent of the biennial men’s St. Andrews Trophy match. Four foursomes games are played each morning with Singles in the afternoon; eight on Day 1 and nine on Day 2.
This year GB&I were represented by: –
Barclay BROWN (17) – England
Archie DAVIES (17) – Wales
Conor GOUGH (15) – England
Max HOPKINS (15) – England
Tom MCKIBBIN (15) – Ireland
Connor MCKINNEY (16) – Scotland
Joseph PAGDIN (16) – England
Mark POWER (18) – Ireland
Robin WILLIAMS (16) – England
Seven players were making their GB&I debuts in Finland. Mark Power and Robin Williams both played in 2017.
Click here to view the detailed – 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results
GB&I’s Non-Playing Captain, Stuart WILSON, winner of the 2004 Amateur Championship, said afterwards: “We brought together the best team of golfers that we could assemble for this match and everyone performed brilliantly over the two days. We’re delighted with the performance and the players were really focussed on getting a result. I think we were strong on and around the greens and we knew we had a team of very good putters. The players definitely brought their A game this week.”
The win was GB&I’s 29th in the match since it was re-started with a new trophy in 1977. However, the Team had not enjoyed an outright victory since the 2014 match at Barsebäck in Sweden.
In a strong team performance where everyone contributed Conor GOUGH, Robin WILLIAMS and Barclay BROWN were the star men for GB&I.
Jacques Léglise Trophy GB&I Player Analysis (Photo: @GolfBible)
Given the number of GB&I players planning to turn Pro in the coming weeks I would not be surprised to see one or two of these players graduate to our 2019 Walker Cup team.
It will certainly be interesting to see if any of them can make the quick step up to the men’s ranks next year.
Copyright © 2015-2018, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.