GB&I lead after morning foursomes in the Jacques Leglise Trophy
Scots pairing Ewen Ferguson and Bradley Neil got GB&I off to a good start in the morning foursomes of the Jacques Leglise Trophy with a 5 & 4 victory over Germany’s Dominic Foos and Renato Paratore from Italy in the first match.
They lost the first hole to a birdie but then never looked back and were five-under-par when the match finished. The Scottish pair reached all square at the short third when Ferguson hit his pitching wedge to 15ft and Neil sank the putt. They won the fourth when the European pair, having got in trouble, conceded their birdie putt.
Ferguson, the Boys Amateur Champion, and Neil then won four holes on the bounce to go five up. They birdied the long seventh, Foos and Paratore conceded the eighth, got their second winning birdie two at the ninth, then the European pair again conceded at the tenth.
Foos and Paratore cut the margin to four with a winning birdie at the 12th but when they couldn’t match the GB&I par at the very difficult 221 yard 14th, the match was all over.
“We both played well and had four birdies in a row from the seventh,” said Neil.
The Continent of EuropeEurope (Pictured left) immediately drew level in match two when the Spanish pair Mario Galiano and Ivan Cantero defeated GB&I captain Ashton Turner and his fellow Englishman Marco Penge 4 & 3.
The European pair parred every hole to the turn, winning the third, sixth and ninth but losing the seventh to a birdie to be two up.
They went back to three up with their first birdie at the short 11th, won the 13th with a par to go four up and then halved the next two in bogies to seal victory.
The second Scottish pairing Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme had a 3 & 2 win over French pair Romain Langasque and Nicolas Manifacier in the final foursomes, which was a see-saw battle from the start.
The Scots lost the first hole to a birdie got back to all square with a winning par at the second, won the third with a birdie and lost the fourth to a par. They went one up with a winning par at the seventh, two up with a birdie at the tenth, won the 12th with a par to go three up but then lost the 13th and 14th to pars.
Par was again good enough to win the 15th to go back to two up then a winning birdie at the 16th closed out the match.
England’s Bradley Moore and Ireland’s Robin Dawson (Pictured Top Right) bagged GB&I’s third point of the morning with a one hole victory over Kristoffer Ventura from Norway and Germany’s Michael Hirmer.
In a close match, the home pair won the third, lost the fourth and fifth then won the sixth. The match stayed all square until the tenth which Moore and Dawson won with a birdie, only to lose the 11th to a par.
They won the 13th and 14th with pars to go two up, lost the 15th to be one up, then the final three holes were halved in threes, birdies at 16 and 17 and pars at the last.
That left GB&I (Pictured right) leading the Continent of Europe by 3-1 going in to the afternoon singles.
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