Vagliano Trophy - Morning Foursomes
Great Britain and Ireland have a mountain to climb on the final afternoon of the Vagliano Trophy match if they are to break the Continent of Europe's winning sequence since 2007.
Leading 6.5-5.5 overnight, Team Europe increased their overall lead to 9-7 by taking the Saturday morning foursomes 2.5-1.5. It looked like being a 2-2 repeat of the Day 1 foursomes until Noemi Jimenez Martin and Luna Sobron won the final hole of the lead-off tie to get a square match with the top GB and I pairing of Ireland's Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey. Maguire and Mehaffey lost the first hole but won the fourth and ninth to be one up at the turn. Holes 10 to 15 were halved before Martin and Sobron squared the contest by winning the 16th but Maguire and Mehaffey responded by regaining the lead by winning the 17th. Then came Team Europe's success at the 18th to halve the match.
Albane Valenzuela and Nuria Iturrios had an outstanding outward half on their way to a 4 and 3 win over Bronte Law and Chloe Williams. The Team Europe pair won the first, fourth, fifth, seven and eighth to be five up on the ninth tee. Law and Williams stopped the landslide by winning the ninth and had a further gain at the 13th to be three down with five to play. Valenzuela and Iturrious won the 15th and the match by 4 and 3.
Celine Boutier and Justine Dreher were another Team Europe pairing who were unstoppable over the first nine. They were five up after eight holes against Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson, winning the first, second, third, fourth and eighth. MacLaren and Hewson got their foot in the door by winning the 11th and 12th but it was so far and no further. British open amateur champion Boutier, who was world No 1 female amateur before Leona Maguire took over the top spot, and Dreher cut short their opponents' revial by winning the 14th and a half at the next gave the Europeans a 4 and 3 victory.
The morning highlight for GB and I was a 4 and 3 win by Hayley Davis and Charlotte Thomas over British amateur championship finalist Linnea Strom and another Swede, Madelene Sagstrom, who is ranked No 3 by the European Golf Association. The English pair established a three-hole lead over the first eight holes. Strom and Sagstrom won the 10th but Davis and Thomson birdied the 12th to go back to three up and then took the 13th to be four up with six to play. Halves at the 14th and 15th gave GB and I their only win of the morning.
Junior Vagliano Trophy - Morning Foursomes
The Continent of Europe extended their overnight lead by taking the Saturday foursomes in the Junior Vagliano Trophy match 2-1, giving them an overall advanage of 8-4 with six afternoon singles still to come.
On a bright, sunny morning at Malone Golf Club, Belfast, Team Europe's Agathe Laisne and Frida Kinhult beat Hollie Muse and Shannon McWilliam by 2 and 1 in the lead-off foursomes tie. Laisne and Kinhult made a devastating start, winning the first, second, fourth, fifth and six, for the loss of only the third, to be four up on the seventh tee. The Europeans' figures included an eagle 3 to the GB and I birdie 4 at the second. Muse and McWilliam won back the eighth to be three down at the turn.
Laisne and Kinhult birdied the 11th to regain a four-hole advantage.However Muse and McWilliam countered with a birdie of their own to win the 13th and they also won the 14th with a par to be two down with four to play. Halves at 15, 16 and 17 gave Team Europe a 2 and 1 victory.
Julie Engstrom and Emma Spitz made it 2-0 on the morning play by beating Hazel MacGarvie and Emily Price by 5 and 3. All square at the turn, the Europeans took the game by the scruff of the neck by winning the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th for a comprehensive win.
The all-Ireland pairing of Mairead Martin and Annabel Wilson averted a clean sweep by Team Europe, beating Mathilde Claisse and Isabelle Holpfer by one hole.
In a very tight match, Martin and Wilson the 10th to square the match. There followed six halved holes in a row until Martin and Wilson got their noses in front for the first time in the match by winning the 17th. A half at the 18th gave them a hard-fought one-hole win.