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The Continent of Europe gain early advantage

  • The Continent of Europe win morning foursomes 2½-1½
  • GB&I strike early to take first point of the match
  • The Continent of Europe respond to win two matches and halve the other

The Continent of Europe will take a narrow lead into this afternoon’s singles matches after winning the morning’s foursomes 2½-1½ against Great Britain and Ireland on the first day of The Jacques Leglise Trophy at Ballybunion.

GB&I started brightly and picked up the first point of the day after captain Mark Power and Ben Jones led from the front to defeat David Nyfjall and Rasmus Hojgaard 2&1.

Remarkably, Power and Jones found themselves 6up after completing the front nine. A solid par on the 1st gave them the early advantage after the Europeans could only make bogey and was followed by wins on three consecutive holes from the 4th. Two bogeys in-a-row by Nyfjall and Hojgaard on the 8th and 9th led to them falling six behind at the turn. 

The Europeans fought back win the next three holes and took the match as far as the 17th where both sides made par to share the hole and give GB&I their first point in the match overall.

The visitors were soon back on level terms however, after Falko Hanisch and Adrien Dumont de Chassart won comfortably 4&2 against Alex Fitzpatrick and Thomas Plumb. The German and Belgian were never behind in the match and closed it out with a superb eagle three at the par-five 16th.

Luke Harries and Darren Howie, brother of Walker Cup team reserve Craig, secured an important halve against Matias Honkala and Markus Braadlie in a close contest.

Charlie Strickland and Toby Briggs looked to be in a good position against Alejandro Aguilera and Pedro Lencart Silva after finding themselves 2up after ten holes. However, the match was turned on its head as the European duo claimed the next three holes to go 1up. A double bogey by Strickland and Briggs gave another hole away to go 2down, a position they never recovered from as they conceded on the 18th.

Follow live scoring from the afternoon singles matches in The Jacques Leglise Trophy here.