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Jacques Léglise Trophy match in the balance

The Continent of Europe hold a 6½-5½ lead over Great Britain and Ireland after the first day of the Jacques Léglise Trophy at Falsterbo Golf Club in Sweden. 

The Continent of Europe led the match 3-1 after the morning foursomes, but a resurgent GB&I came back from being 6-2 in the afternoon singles to reduce the deficit to 6½- 5½ going into the final day of play tomorrow.  

Great Britain and Ireland needs another 7½ points to win back the trophy.

Home side dominate foursomes

The Continent of Europe dominated the morning foursomes by winning three of the four matches. 

Daniel Svard and Tim Wiedemeyer proved to be a well-oiled machine in overcoming the Scottish pairing of Cameron Adam and Connor Graham 4&2, while Italian duo Marco Florioli and Flavio Machetti were too strong for Archie Finnie and Joshua Hill in a 3&1 victory. 

Tiger Christensen and Yannick Malik prevailed 2&1 against Jack Bigham and Josh Hill, but nevertheless, GB&I salvaged a point from the early morning session with Daniel Bullen and Harvey Smith clinching a win by one hole in their match against Oiha Guillamoundeguy and Riccardo Fantinelli. 

Visitors fightback

Jaime Montojo continued the home side’s dominance by notching up the first point of the afternoon singles, defeating Boys’ Amateur champion Bigham by one hole, before Malik extended the lead to 5-1 after beating Josh Hill 2&1. 

Ruben Lindsay responded for GB&I after a narrow win by one hole was enough to overcome Christensen and reduce the deficit at 5-2, only for Guillamoundeguy to increase the lead again for the Continent of Europe with a 2&1 win over Bullen to make it 6-2. 

However, GB&I took 3½ points out of four from the remaining matches out on the course to narrow the deficit to one point. 

Finnie initially pulled a point back for the visitors after seeing off Michetti 3&2 and Smith followed up shortly after by beating Fantinelli by one hole to make the score 6-4.  

That left the bottom two matches out on the course, where Adam continued the fight back for GB&I by notching up a point against Svard in a 3&1 success to leave his side trailing by only one at 6-5, while Joshua Hill shared the spoils with Wiedemeyer in a halved tie. 

Full scores from the match can be found here.