- The Continent of Europe hold a 6½-5½ lead over Great Britain and Ireland
- The Continent of Europe win morning foursomes 2½-1½
- Two sides tie the afternoon singles 4-4
The Continent of Europe hold a narrow 6½-5½ lead over Great Britain and Ireland after day one of The Jacques Leglise Trophy at Ballybunion.
The visitors established a single point advantage during the morning foursomes, winning 2½-1½, while this afternoon’s singles matches were tied 4-4.
Harries defeats Hojgaard
2017 Welsh Boys Amateur champion Luke Harries continued this season’s impressive form as he defeated Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard 5&3 in the first of the singles matches to put GB&I level at 2½-2½ early on.
A birdie on the opening hole by Harries set the tone for the encounter and after Hojgaard had made bogeys on the 2nd and 4th, the Welshman found himself with an early three-hole cushion. A bogey-five on the par-four 6th handed a hole back to the Dane but Harries returned a birdie on the 8th to restore the three hole advantage.
Further birdies on the 10th, 13th and 14th put Harries 5up as the pair reached the 15th and the contest was over shortly after Hojgaard made a triple-bogey six on the short par-three.
England’s Robin Williams found the going tough on his debut for GB&I, losing 6&5 against Spain’s Eduard Rousand Sabate to nudge the Continent of Europe back in front at 3½-2½. Sabate won seven out of eight holes between the 4th and 11th to put a large gulf between the duo and despite Williams pulling one hole back after the Spaniard bogeyed the 12th, Sabate ensured victory on the following hole with a halve after both players birdied the 13th.
Howie levels up contest
Darren Howie levelled the scores at 3½-3½ after picking up a solid 4&2 win against Markus Braadlie. The pair traded holes to be all-square after the 10th but the Scot, who finished runner-up in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters this year, motored ahead by winning three holes in-a-row including an excellent eagle three on the par-five 13th. Howie made sure of the point on the 16th, delivering a crucial birdie to win the match.
The home side edged ahead at 4½-3½ soon after when Ben Jones returned a point in a win by two holes over David Nyfjall. A see-saw match ebbed and flowed throughout as the two players traded holes but the English youngster rallied from being 1 down with five to play by picking up birdies on the 14th, 16th and 18th to record a crucial win.
Fitzpatrick on fire
Alex Fitzpatrick, brother of Ryder Cup star Matthew, recorded an impressive 4&3 win over Alejandro Aguilera to extend GB&I’s lead to two points, only for 2016 Boys Amateur champion Falko Hanisch to reduce the deficit to a single point after a comprehensive 5&4 success against GB&I captain Mark Power.
Adrien Dumont de Chassart then levelled up the scores at 5½-5½ after the Belgian picked up birdies on the 14th and 16th to triumph over Charlie Strickland 2&1.
Lencart Silva delivers crucial point
The Continent of Europe moved in front after 2017 Boys Amateur champion Pedro Lencart Silva beat Toby Briggs 2&1. The Junior Open champion was 4up after the 8th following a string of birdies but Briggs rallied to win four of the next five holes to return the match to all-square at the 13th.
Lencart Silva played steady golf in the remainder of the dual and his resolve was rewarded as the Englishman conceded the 14th hole and bogeyed the 15th to give the Portuguese youngster a two-hole advantage that he would not surrender and leave his side with a narrow lead going into tomorrow’s final day.
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