GB&I take five point lead in to final singles of the Jacques Leglise Trophy
Great Britain & Ireland won two and halved two of the morning foursomes on the second day of the Jacques Leglisle Trophy at Royal St David’s in North Wales.
They take a 10 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead into the final eight afternoon singles, leaving them needing just two points to regain the trophy the Continent of Europe won at Portmarnock last year.
In the opening match GB&I captain Ashton Turner and his partner and fellow Englishman Marco Penge (Pictured right) more than made amends for their defeat on the first day when they strolled to a 5 & 4 victory over top rated Europeans Renato Paratore and Dominic Foos.
“We learned a lot about our games yesterday and today we took more of the chances that we had and that was the difference in the end,” said Turner.
Turner and Penge won the first with a par and the second with a birdie then the Europeans won the third with a par for what was to be their only hole victory.
Turner and Penge won the fourth and the sixth and the ninth holes with pars after the long seventh and eighth had been halved in birdies.
They won the tenth with a birdie to go five up and then halved the next four to win on the 14th.
Ewen Ferguson and Bradley Neil were involved in the most exciting match with Spanish duo Mario Galiano and Ivan Cantero (Pictured left), which ended all square
The Scots played poorly on the front nine losing the first, fifth, sixth and ninth with just a solitary winning birdie at the eighth, to turn for home three down.
They won the tenth with a par then halved the next three before Neil hit a superb shot from a bunker 30 yards in front of the green to a foot for a winning birdie at the 16th to cut the deficit to one.
They halved the 17th when Galiano sank an eight-footer for his par after he had put his partner into a trap in front of the green with a poor second shot.
On the last Galiano found the green from the tee, 60ft away on the right, while Ferguson’s tee shot was pin high 25ft away on a grassy bank. Cantero putted up to six feet and, with a sizeable crowd watching, Neil chipped in for a winning birdie to halve the match.
The third match between England’s Bradley Moore and Ireland’s Robin Dawson and French pair Paul Elissalde and Romain Langasque (Pictured right) ended all square after a close contest which came alive towards the end.
The home pair won the fourth, the Europeans the sixth then they halved every hole until the 14th which Moore and Dawson won with a par. They won the 15th when the French pair conceded, only to lose the 16th and 17th to a birdie and a bogey, then fittingly halved the last and the match.
Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme were never behind in their match against Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura and France’s Nicolas Manifacier after opening with a winning birdie.
They went two up at the third, lost the fourth then won the fifth and sixth to be three up. Ventura and Manifacier won the ninth and tenth to cut the deficit to one, but winning birdies at 13 and 15 restored the home pair’s lead and a half in par at the 16th closed out the match.
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