The R&A - Working for Golf

GB&I Jacques Léglise Trophy team announced

The new Boys Amateur Champion, Conor Gough, will represent Great Britain and Ireland against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Léglise Trophy.

The R&A announced the GB&I team for the match at Kytäjä Golf in Finland on 31 August and 1 September today. The nine player team is:

Barclay Brown (17) (Captain)

Hallamshire, England

Archie Davies (17)

Carlisle, Wales

Conor Gough (15)

Stoke Park, England

Max Hopkins (15)

Bishops Stortford, England

Tom McKibbin (15)

Holywood, Ireland

Connor McKinney (16)

Joondalup, Scotland

Joseph Pagdin (16)

Lake Nona, England

Mark Power (18)

Kilkenny, Ireland

Robin Williams (16)

Peterborough Milton, England

Reserves:

 

1 Harry Goddard (17)

Hanbury Manor, England

2 Harrison Arnold (18)

Castle Royle, England


The GB&I team, which will be managed for the second 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 by 15 ½ to 9 ½ at Ballybunion in Ireland last year.

GB&I last won the match in 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden while the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch finished in a tie at 12 ½ - 12 ½. The Continent of Europe won a close encounter by 13 ½ to 11 ½ at Prince’s in Kent in 2016. GB&I has won 28 matches overall with the Continent of Europe claiming 12 victories with one match tied.

With seven new players in the GB&I team, Wilson will be looking to the only two returning members of the 2017 team for experience. Mark Power and Robin Williams led the qualifiers at the 92nd Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush and Portstewart last week and will be eager to make amends for the defeat suffered at Ballybunion.

Boys Amateur winner selected

Among the newcomers is the newly-crowned Boys Amateur Champion Conor Gough, who was the first reserve in 2017. The 15-year-old Englishman defeated Spain’s Jose Luis Ballester 3&1 in the final at Royal Portrush yesterday to claim his third win of the season after taking the McGregor Trophy in July and the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophy earlier in the year.

The format for the Jacques Léglise Trophy match is four foursomes ties each morning, eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 31 August and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 1 September.

For scoring and reports from the matches please visit randa.org.