TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR JACQUES LEGLISE TROPHY MATCH

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TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR JACQUES LEGLISE TROPHY MATCH

18 August 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: The Great Britain and Ireland, and Continent of Europe teams to contest the 2010 Jacques Leglise Trophy Match have been announced. The nine-man teams to face each other at Castelconturbia near Milan, Italy, are as follows:

GB&I

Rhys Pugh (Vale of Glamorgan) – Captain
James Burnett (Sleaford)
Adam Carson (Long Ashton)
Paul Dunne (Greystones)
Grant Forrest (Craigielaw)
Scott Gibson (Southerness)
Paul Lockwood (Hessle)
Chris Lloyd (The Kendleshire)
Dermot McElroy (Ballymena)

Continent of Europe

Gerald Stangl (Austria) – Non-playing Captain Thomas Detry (Belgium)
Stanislas Gautier (France)
Domenico Geminiani (Italy)
Kristian Johannesen (Norway)
Moritz Lampert (Germany)
Markus Maukner (Austria)
Adrian Otaegui (Spain)
Thomas Pieters (Belgium)
Thomas Sorensen (Denmark)

Paul Dunne, Chris Lloyd and Adam Carson will provide valuable experience, having been part of the winning GB&I team in last year’s Match at Ganton. Dunne and Lloyd recently represented Ireland and England, respectively, at the full Home Internationals, which took place at Ashburnham in Wales. Rhys Pugh, the 16-year-old winner of the Peter McEvoy and Fairhaven trophies earlier this year, has been named as GB&I’s Captain for the Match.

On the Continent of Europe team is the newly crowned Boys Amateur Champion, Adrian Otaegui, who defeated Germany’s Max Rottluff 4&3 in the 36-hole final at Kilmarnock (Barassie) last Sunday. Also included in the squad is 14-year-old Domenico Geminiani who is the youngest-ever player to compete in a European Tour event; a feat he accomplished at the BMW Italian Open in May.

Thomas Detry and Moritz Lampert from the Continent of Europe team, along with Chris Lloyd, are members of the European Junior Ryder Cup team due to play the USA at Gleneagles in September.

“The standard of golf in mainland Europe continues to improve, and their current junior players reflect this,” said Chairman of R&A Boys Selectors, Peter McEvoy. “It will be a tightly contested match, but I am confident that we have gathered together the strongest team we can. The players on both teams are of a standard way above that played by under-18s in previous generations, so it promises to be a great display of elite golf."

The Jacques Leglise Trophy Match will be held at Castelconturbia, Italy, on 27 & 28 August. Four foursomes ties will be played each morning, with eight singles matches being played on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Scores and reports will appear on RandA.org throughout the days of competition.

ENDS

Note to Editors

The Jacques Leglise Trophy
The Jacques Leglise Trophy Match is played annually between boys representing Great Britain and Ireland, and the Continent of Europe. It was inaugurated in 1958, but not until 40 years later was the event first played in Europe. GB&I dominated the early encounters, losing only three times before 1995. Yet the strength of European golf has improved dramatically and, since then the Continent of Europe have won six matches to GB&I’s seven. The GB&I team is selected by The R&A and the Continent of Europe side by the European Golf Association.

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