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The Continent of Europe in control after morning foursomes

The Continent of Europe will take a 3½-½ lead against Great Britain and Ireland into the afternoon singles matches on the first day of the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Prince’s, Kent.

Marcus Svensson of the Continent of Europe gets play underway.
Marcus Svensson of the Continent of Europe gets play underway.
During hot conditions on England’s south-east coast, the visitors were in dominant form with wins in three of the four morning foursomes.

The French pairing of Adrien Pendaries and Edgar Catherine took control of their match against Kevin LeBlanc and Thomas Mulligan from the outset and never relinquished the lead in a convincing 5&4 win over the Irish duo.

The Frenchmen only lost two holes in the entire contest, picking up birdies in three of the opening nine holes, before closing the match out with birdies on four of the five holes between the 10th and 14th.

GB&I managed to put their first half point on the board when playing captain Marco Penge and Alex Fitzpatrick halved their match with Marcus Svensson and Pontus Nyholm.

The Englishmen were 2up at the turn but proceeded to lose two holes in a row after a birdie by the Swedes on the 10th, followed by a concession on the 11th, returned the match to all-square.

A birdie at the 16th put Svensson and Nyholm in the ascendency, but were left to rue a missed opportunity after a bogey five at the final hole gave the hosts a half point.

Maximilian Schmitt and Falko Hanisch were next to claim another point for The Continent of Europe, defeating Harry Goddard and Charlie Strickland 3&2.

The Germans seized the initiative with birdies on the 5th and 7th to put them 2up. The pairings traded holes between the 11th and 14th, before the Schmitt and Hanisch sealed the match with an eagle three on the 15th, followed by a par on the 16th after the Englishmen could only manage a bogey.

The match featuring Mark Power and Toby Briggs against Kristoffer Reitan and Alejandro Aguilera Martin went the distance, with The Continent of Europe picking up another point to conclude an excellent morning for the visitors.

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