28 August 2011
GB&I Win Jacques Leglise Trophy
Great Britain and Ireland won the 2011 Jacques Leglise Trophy with an impressive 14½-9½ victory over the holders, the Continent of Europe.
GB&I held a 6½-5½ lead overnight after a tense opening day at Neguri Golf Club in Spain. Their advantage was extended after a convincing morning foursomes performance, adding 3½ points to take a 10-6 lead into the final singles rounds.
GB&I opted to stick with the same partnerships that were successful the previous day and Toby Tree and Callum Shinkwin, who have become a somewhat formidable partnership, got the first point on the board by defeating Thomas Detry and Kenny Subregis. Tree and Shinkwin found themselves four down at the turn, but battled back superbly to take the match by two holes on the 18th after an impressive eagle.
Gavin Moynihan (pictured) and Gary Hurley then saw off John Rahm and Kristoffer Ventura, 4&3, before the match between Dermot McElroy and David Boote and Gonçalo Pinto and Javier Sainz ended all square after the Continent of Europe duo birdied the last to capture the teams only point of the morning's play, albeit a half.
In the final foursomes match, on-form Harrison Greenberry and Nathan Kimsey won the last three holes to defeat Maximilian Rottluff and Robin Goger by one hole, leaving the Continent of Europe trailing by four points with eight up for grabs from the afternoon singles.
Needing just 2½ points for victory, it was the impressive Toby Tree that lead out the GB&I team for the final round, and defeated Thomas Detry 4&3 to claim his fourth point of the tournament. Kristoffer Ventura claimed the Continent of Europe’s first full point of the day, with a 4&3 win over Callum Shinkwin.
Points were then exchanged as Gavin Moynihan defeated Javier Sainz 3&2 before Gonçalo Pinto overcame Gary Hurley 4&3. This set the score at 12-8 in favour of GB&I leaving the Continent of Europe with the uphill task of winning the remaining four matches to level the match.
Jon Rahm gave them some hope after a convincing 5&4 victory over Nathan Kimsey, but a half in the match between Paul Kinnear and Florian Loutre was enough to seal the victory for GB&I.
In the remaining matches, Dermot McElroy beat Maximilian Rottluff 2&1, and Harrison Greenberry rounded off the match with a 4&2 defeat over Robin Goger. Greenberry, the recently crowned Boys Amateur champion, along with Toby Tree both took the full four points on offer.
Final result – Great Britain and Ireland 14½ - Continent of Europe 9½
In the history of the tournament which has been played on 44 occasions – Great Britain and Ireland’s impressive record now stands at 35 wins to 9 losses.
The 2012 Jacques Leglise Trophy will be contested at Ireland’s Portmarnock Golf Course on the 31 August – 1 September.