- GB&I win the Jacques Leglise Trophy
- First win for GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy since 2014
- GB&I extend number of wins to 29 since 1977
Great Britain and Ireland have won the 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy after defeating the Continent of Europe 15½-9½ at Kytäjä Golf in Finland.
Leading their opponents 7½-4½ at the start of play on the second day, the morning foursomes were tied 2-2 to preserve GB&I’s three point advantage at 9½-6½ going into this afternoon’s singles matches.
Stuart Wilson’s side then picked up six of the nine available points in the afternoon singles to seal their first win in the boys international match since 2014 when they triumphed 12½-11½ at Barsebäck in Sweden.
“It’s an unbelievable result given that we knew the Continent of Europe would be strong and we were probably the underdogs going into the match,” said Wilson. “We brought together the best team of golfers that we could assemble for this match and everyone performed brilliantly over the two days.
“We’re delighted with the performance and the players were really focussed on getting a result. It’s great to sign off the international season with a win like this. I think we were strong in and around the greens and we knew we had a team of very good putters. The players definitely brought their A game this week.”
“Losing never feels good but Great Britain and Ireland were fantastic over the last two days so I cannot complain too much,” said Jeroen Stevens, non-playing captain of the Continent of Europe.
“From the start, I could tell that they had come to win and had put together a good team. They holed the important putts and the result speaks for itself.
“I would like to congratulate GB&I and Stuart [Wilson] on their win and I am sure our players will look forward to the challenge of trying to win the trophy back next year.”
Hopkins strengthens grip
The visitors strengthened their grip on the contest when Max Hopkins delivered an emphatic 6&4 victory over Saku Tuusa that included four birdies and was followed shortly after by 2018 Boys Amateur champion Conor Gough beating Loic Ettlin 2&1 to move GB&I closer to the winning post at 11½-6½.
Mark Power fought back from two holes down with three to play against Adam Wallin of Sweden to secure a vital halve and the overall victory was confirmed in the fourth singles match when Robin Williams sunk the winning putt on the 17th to claim a 2&1 win over Kiet van der Weele and put GB&I into an unassailable 13-7 lead.
Birdies for Brown
Barclay Brown then rolled in two birdies in a row on the 17th and 18th to seal a win by two holes over Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues and extend GB&I’s lead to seven points.
David Puig and Eemil Alajarvi pulled two points back for the Continent of Europe with wins against Archie Davies (4&3) and Connor McKinney (2 holes) but Joe Pagdin returned another point for GB&I after posting six birdies on his way to an excellent 4&3 result against Eduard Rousand Sabate.
The final match out on the course between Tom McKibbin and Jerry Ji was halved to give GB&I a 15½-9½ winning scoreline.
The victory marks the 29th time that GB&I has won the Jacques Léglise Trophy since the boys international match between the two teams was rejuvenated in 1977. The Continent of Europe has won the Jacques Léglise Trophy on 12 occasions, with one match tied at Royal Dornoch in 2015.