Asia-Pacific defeated Europe in both the Bonallack and Patsy Hankins Trophy matches at Doha Golf Club in Qatar.
Organised by the European golf Association and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, the matches are played biennially between teams of 12 amateur golfers and contended over three days of match play golf made up of foursomes, fourballs and singles sessions.
In a tight affair that came down to the last match, the men’s team took the title for the first time since 2004 with a 161/2 – 151/2 victory. In the second edition of the women’s event, the Asia-Pacific team successfully defended the trophy they won in 2016 by the conclusion of the second day after winning eight of ten matches.
Bonallack Trophy Asia-Pacific 161/2 - 151/2 Europe
Asia-Pacific held a narrow lead after the first day fourball and foursomes matches, but trailed by two points after day two.
In the singles on the third and final day, Asia-Pacific won five of the first seven matches to take a one-point lead. Needing three more points to retain the trophy, Europe were up in two and down in three of the five remaining matches.
Angel Hidalgo fought back from two-down with four holes to play to secure half a point and Oliver Gillberg overturned a two-hole deficit with six to play to win by one hole.
Kristoffer Reitan won by one hole but Frederic Lacroix lost 3&2, meaning the outcome of the match would come down to the final hole of the final match between Matthew Jordan and Osawa Kazuya.
Jordan needed to win the 18th hole to score the half-point Europe needed to retain the trophy. Despite coming agonisingly close, the 2017 Walker Cup player failed to hole out from two metres and Asia-Pacific took the match. Full results
Patsy Hankins Trophy: Asia-Pacific 231/2 - 81/2 Europe
The new Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (WAAP) champion Atthaya Thitikul continued her impressive at the Patsy Hankins Trophy. The 15-year-old Thai prodigy teamed up with Yuka Saso, who she defeated in a play-off at Sentosa to lift the WAAP trophy last month, to deliver four points over the opening two days.
Thitikul and Saso would also both go on to win their singles matches to finsih the event undefeated. Asia-Pacific however secured the trophy by the conclusion of the second day’s play with the score line at 161/2 – 31/2 .
Despite the match already being decided, the Europeans were more successful in the singles matches on day three; Blanca Fernandez, Annabell Fuller, Isobel Wardle, Zhen Bontan and Paula Grant all won their matches on Saturday. Full results