- The teams were all square on two points after the morning foursomes
- The Continent of Europe hold a one point advantage over Great Britain and Ireland
- The Continent of Europe need 6 ½ points to regain the Jacques Leglise Trophy
The Continent of Europe hold a 6 ½ - 5 ½ lead over Great Britain and Ireland after the first day of the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Aldeburgh Golf Club in England.
The teams were tied after the morning foursomes matches on two points each, but the Continent of Europe claimed the half-way lead winning four and a half points in the afternoon singles matches. They will now take a one point advantage going into the final day tomorrow.
The team from the Continent of Europe needs another 6 ½ points to win back the trophy.
All square in the foursomes
In the morning foursomes, the pairing of McKinney and Aaron Marshall defeated Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart 5&4 to win GB&I’s first point of the day. The pair who were always in control parred their way to victory, duly closing out the match on the 14th hole.
Meanwhile the French duo of Tom Vaillant and Charles Larcelet earned the Continent of Europe their first point. They made short work of Barclay Brown and Joe Pagdin, disposing of the English pair 4&3.
A birdie at the 18th hole ensured Ben Schmidt and Archie Davies won their match over Adam Wallin and Loic Ettlin, earning GB&I its second point.
To close out the foursomes the Continent of Europe equalised, gaining a point in the match won by Daniel da Costa Rodrigues and Bård Bjørnevik Skogen who defeated Tom McKibbin and Luke O’Neill 2&1.
Joe Pagdin and Connor McKinney both got off to poor starts in their singles matches but fought back to claim points for the GB&I team.
Pagdin was two-down after 11 holes in his match against David Puig of Spain but a birdie at the 12th saw the momentum shift. The Englishman squared the match at the 14th hole before claiming the lead for the first time with a birdie at the 15th. Puig conceded the 16th but won the next to give himself an opportunity to halve the match at the last. A par was all Pagdin needed to record a two-up victory and earn a point for his team.
McKinney’s come from behind victory over Charles Larcelet had the crowd suitably impressed as he battled from three-down after five holes to record a 3&2 win. Patience and pars were the secret to McKinney’s match as he made six consecutive pars whilst Larcelet faulted. A birdie at the 12th hole, his first of the match, saw McKinney win his seventh consecutive hole and take a three-up lead which he maintained through to the 16th where he officially recorded a point for GB&I.
Top ranked Schmidt records win
The highest ranked player in the field, England’s Ben Schmidt who is 14th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, defeated Adam Wallin of Sweden in a tough match. The pair were all square after six holes but dropped shots from Wallin on the 7th and 8th holes gave Schmidt the advantage. Wallin rallied to square the match with birdies on the 13th and 15th. However, he stumbled, making a bogey-five on the 16th hole, while Schmidt made just his second birdie of the match on the 17th hole to close out the win.
Josh Hill from Ireland and Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart could not be separated after 18 holes and the pair halved the match providing the Continent of Europe their first score in the singles.
Cristoni takes control
With GB&I looking very much in control of the singles matches, Matteo Cristoni of Italy manged to turn the tide back in his team’s favour. It took 13 holes for Cristoni to gain an advantage over Archie Davies of Wales but a birdie-three saw him edge ahead. A par at the 18th for Cristoni, that Davies was unable to match, provided Cristoni with a two-up victory.
Now with the momentum back in the Continent of Europe’s favour Loic Ettlin and Tom Vaillant secured an additional two points thanks to their victories over Tom McKibbin and Luke O’Neill respectively. Both hard earned, Ettlin won by two holes while Vaillant won on the 18th.
da Costa Rodrigues disposes of the Captain
In the last match of the day Daniel da Costa Rodrigues of Portugal secured a big win defeating the GB&I’s playing captain Barclay Brown.
In control from the outset, Rodrigues never gave Brown an opportunity to mount a charge winning on the 16th hole, 3&2.Full scores from the match can be found here.