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GB&I Jacques Léglise Trophy team announced

  • Great Britain and Ireland name nine players to play in Jacques Léglise Trophy match
  • GB&I aiming to win the match against the Continent of Europe for the first time since 2014
  • Team will be managed by former Amateur Champion Stuart Wilson

The Great Britain and Ireland boys team to face the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Léglise Trophy match at Ballybunion in Ireland next month was announced by The R&A today.

The nine player GB&I team for the match on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September is:

Toby Briggs (17)

Dunston Hall, England

Alex Fitzpatrick (18)

Hallamshire, England

Luke Harries (18)

Tenby, Wales

Darren Howie (17)

Peebles, Scotland

Ben Jones (18)

Northamptonshire Co, England

Thomas Plumb (18)

Sherborne, England

Mark Power (17, Captain)

Kilkenny, Ireland

Charlie Strickland (18)

Ham Manor, England

Robin Williams (15)

Peterborough Milton, England

Reserve:

 

Conor Gough (14)

Stoke Park, England

GB&I target first win since 2014

The GB&I team, which will be managed for the first time by Stuart Wilson, who won The Amateur Championship in 2004, will be looking to win back the Jacques Léglise Trophy after the Continent of Europe won a close encounter by 13 ½ to 11 ½ at Prince’s in Kent last year.

GB&I won the matches in 2013 at Royal St David’s and 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden while the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch finished in a tie at 12 ½ - 12 ½. GB&I has won 28 matches overall compared to eleven victories for the Continent of Europe.

Who will get their hands on the Jacques Léglise Trophy?
Who will get their hands on the Jacques Léglise Trophy?

Four players set to return

Four members of the GB&I team return from the 2016 match: Toby Briggs, Alex Fitzpatrick, Mark Power and Charlie Strickland. Strickland won the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the Duncan Putter in April and Power will be full of confidence after winning the Irish Boys Championship. Briggs finished tied fifth in the individual standings at last month’s European Boys Team Championship and joined Strickland and Fitzpatrick in the winning England team in the recent Boys Home Internationals.

Alex Fitzpatrick will play in his second Jacques Léglise Trophy
Alex Fitzpatrick will play in his second Jacques Léglise Trophy

Newcomers

Among the newcomers to the team are Ben Jones and Darren Howie. Jones won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in June while Howie was runner-up in that event and was the leading stroke play qualifier at last week’s Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn. Fifteen-year-old Robin Williams will play for the first time in the match. 

Robin Williams features GB&I Jacques Léglise Trophy team
Robin Williams features GB&I Jacques Léglise Trophy team

The format for the Jacques Léglise Trophy match is four foursomes ties each morning, eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 1 September and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 2 September.