GB&I teams announced for the St Andrews and Jacques Leglise trophies

The Great Britain and Ireland teams to face the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews and Jacques Leglise trophies were announced by The R&A today.

The nine man teams that will take part in the matches at Barsebäck in Sweden on 29 and 30 August are:

St Andrews Trophy

Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park)

Paul Dunne (Greystones)

Ryan Evans (Wellingborough)

Grant Forrest (Craigielaw)

Gary Hurley (West Waterford)

Nick Marsh (Huddersfield)

Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie)

Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie)

Jamie Savage (Cawder)

Jacques Leglise Trophy

George Burns (Williamwood)

Jamie Dick (Forest Hills)

Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) – Captain

Tim Harry (Vale Resort)

Rowan Lester (Hermitage)

Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest)

Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park)

Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood)

Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park)

GB&I has enjoyed mixed fortunes in recent matches having won last year’s Jacques Leglise Trophy at Royal St David’s but losing two successive St Andrews Trophy matches to the Continent of Europe at Castelconturbia in Italy in 2010 and Portmarnock in 2012.

The 12 ½ - 11 ½ victory for Alexis Godillot’s team in the St Andrews Trophy in Ireland two years ago was the Continent of Europe’s fifth overall compared to 24 wins for GB&I.

Scotland’s Graeme Robertson is the only survivor from that match but recent wins for Ashley Chesters in the European Amateur Championship, Bradley Neil in the Amateur Championship and Grant Forrest in the St Andrews Links Trophy will give GB&I, captained once again by Welshman Nigel Edwards, added confidence that they can regain the trophy.

GB&I will be looking to defend the Jacques Leglise Trophy after their 15-9 triumph in Wales last year. It was their 36th win overall compared to ten for the Continent of Europe.

Four members of that team will tee it up in Sweden this year: Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson, who will captain the side, and England’s Ashton Turner, Marco Penge and Bradley Moore. Ferguson is on form having reached the Semi-Finals in his defence of the trophy at last week’s Boys Amateur Championship at Prestwick and winning the Scottish Boys Open Stroke Play and Scottish Boys Match Play titles this season. Moore won the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship in June while his compatriot Haydn McCullen won the Carris Trophy earlier this month and Ireland’s Rowan Lester lost out by one hole in the 36-hole Final of the Boys Amateur Championship.

The format for the St Andrews Trophy and Jacques Leglise Trophy matches will be four foursomes ties each morning and eight singles matches each afternoon on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August 2014.

For scoring and reports from the matches please visit Championships.randa.org.