- GB&I and Continent of Europe share spoils after day 1 foursomes.
- Strong finish sees GB&I take 2 points from opening matches.
Great Britain and Ireland finished strongly to salvage a 2-2 sharing of the morning foursomes after the Continent of Europe had looked the likelier side in the early stages at the Vagliano Trophy at Circolo Golf Bogogno, near Milan in Italy today.
"Three of the four matches went to the 18th. So it was very tight and we played the better in the closing stages for Alice Hewson and India Clyburn to win their match and Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb to win the 18th to get a halved match," said Elaine Farquharson-Black, the GB and I team captain.
The first foursome featured four players from the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20 - Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey versus Sweden's Linnea Strom and Julia Engstrom.
"We played better after the turn that we did on the outward nine," said Leona, the top-ranked female amateur in the world.
"We are round in about level par," said her partner Olivia.
Their Swedish opponents were two up at the turn, having won the 9th hole to double their narrow advantage. In a nerve-jangling finish to an absorbing tie, holes 10 to 16 inclusive were all halved. Then Maguire and Mehaffey won the 17th to get back on terms for the first time since very early in the match. The 18th was halved.
Earlier, the Continent of Europe had taken an early 1-0 lead when Matilda Castren (Finland) and Morgane Metraux (Switzerland) beat Ireland's Maria Dunne and Annabel Wilson by 7&6.
One down after five, the Irish pair had slipped to five down after 10, then six down after 11 and seven in arrears after 12 to finish the contest.
Team Europe led 1.5-0.5 after the firsttwo matches but Alice Hewson and India Clyburn turned in some great figures - five under par - to win against Puk Lyng Thomsen (Denmark) and Dewi Weber (Netherlands) by one hole. That win by the English pair levelled the match overall at 1.5 each.
Team Europe still looked favourites to finish the morning with an overall lead but Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb, who were several under par in another high-standard match, one down on the 18th tee, won the 18th to snatch a half-point.
Full Day 1 Foursomes Results
Great Britain and Ireland 2, Continent of Europe 2
Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey halved with Linnea Strom and Julia Engstrom.
Maria Dunne and Annabel Wilson lost to Matilda Castren and Morgane Metraux 7&6.
Alice Hewson and India Clyburn defeated Puk Lyng Thomsen and Dewi Weber by 1 hole.
Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb halved with Virginia Elena Carta and Albane Valenzuela.
Skipper Claire Coughlan-Ryan's GB&I team have it all to do in the Under-16s' Junior Vagliano Trophy match after losing the opening morning's foursomes 2.5-0.5.
Team Europe had a point on the board well before lunchtime when Bianca Fernandez Garcia-Poggo and Caterina Don won by 8&6 against Ffion Tynan and Caitlin Whitehead.
Euphemie Rhodes and Lily May Humphreys did well to battle on and get a halved match with Emilie Alba Paltrinieri and Alessia Nobilio after being two down at the turn and still two in arrears after 14. They demonstrated grit to claw the deficit back and win on the 18th to square the match.
Sara Byrne and Carys Worby were two down after 14 to Isabelle Holpfer and Amanda Linner but took the match to the 18th green before losing by two holes.
Great Britain and Ireland 0.5, Continent of Europe 2.5
Euphemie Rhodes and Lily May Humphreys halved with Emilie Alba Paltrinieri and Alessia Nobilio.
Ffion Tynan and Caitlin Whitehead lost to Bianca Fernandez Garcia-Poggio 8&6.
Sara Byrne and Carys Worby lost to Isabella Holpfer and Amanda Linner by 2 holes.