GB&I teams to face Continent of Europe in The St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophy matches

Jacques Leglise TrophyThe Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) teams to face the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophy Matches are announced today with less than two weeks to go before the matches get underway at Portmarnock Golf Club, County Dublin, Ireland.

Portmarnock Golf Club will host the 29th staging of the biennial St Andrews Trophy Match for men and the 45th annual Jacques Leglise Trophy Match for boys on 31 August and 1 September 2012.

Players include The Amateur Champion, Alan Dunbar and The Boys Amateur Champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick.

The R&A Director – Amateur Events, Euan Mordaunt announces the GB&I teams as:

The St Andrews Trophy Match: Alan Dunbar (Rathmore, IRL), Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, ENG), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, ENG), Kevin Phelan (Waterford Castle, IRL), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, ENG), Rhys Pugh (Vale of Glamorgan, WAL), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, ENG), Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie, SCO) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, ENG).

The Jacques Leglise Trophy Match: Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, ENG), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, ENG), Alex Gleeson (Castle, IRL), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, ENG), Gavin Moynihan (The Island, IRL), Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie, SCO), Max Orrin (North Foreland, ENG), Toby Tree (Worthing, ENG) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, ENG).

The St Andrews and Jacques Leglise trophy matches offer spectators a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s best amateur golfers, men and boys, in morning foursome and afternoon singles matches over two days of competition.

In recent contests GB&I has been represented by leading players at the peak of their amateur careers including current World No 1, Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Tom Lewis. While the Continent of Europe has counted Ryder Cup Captain, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Edoardo and Francesco Molinari among its ranks.

When both matches were last played together in 2010 at Golf Club Castelconturbia in Milan, Italy, the Continent of Europe were the victors, 14 to 10 in The St Andrews Trophy men’s match and 15½ to 8½ in The Jacques Leglise boys match. Overall, match results favour GB&I 24-4 in the St Andrews Trophy Match and 34-10 in the Jacques Leglise Match.

Portmarnock Golf Club has hosted the St Andrews Trophy Match on one previous occasion in 1968 when GB&I triumphed, 20 -10.