The Continent of Europe will take a four point lead into the second and final day of the Junior Vagliano Trophy against Great Britain and Ireland after the first day of play finished 6½-2½ at Hilversumsche in the Netherlands.
The host side is looking to extend its unbeaten run to six matches since the Junior Vagliano Trophy was first introduced in 2011 and look in a strong position to retain the trophy last won at Royal St George’s in 2019.
Swedish style in morning foursomes
The highlight of this morning’s foursomes was a magnificent performance by the Swedish pairing of Nora Sundberg and Meja Örtengren who combined to defeat Rosie Bee Kim and Katie Poots 9&7.
The two other matches were closely fought contests that both went the distance: Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio of Spain and Italy Francesca Fiorellini narrowly overcame Grace Crawford and Maggie Whitehead by one hole, but Harriet Lockley and Ellen Yates responded by beating Helen Briem and Constance Fouillet by the same margin to earn GB&I’s first point.
Hosts dominant singles session
In the first match of the afternoon singles, Whitehead and Fernandez Garcia-Poggio couldn’t be separated with their match ending in a shared half point.
It proved to be difficult going for GB&I in a number of the remaining matches on the course, with Sundberg comfortably winning her match 4&3 against Crawford, and Ortengren recording a 5&3 victory against Lockley.
Briem succeeded against Poots with a narrow win by one hole, but there was cheer for the visiting side as Yates dominated the match against Fouillet to comfortably triumph 5&4.
Nevertheless, Fiorellini’s 2&1 win against Kim ensured the Continent of Europe took a commanding 6½-2½ lead going into tomorrow’s second and final day of competition.
Scoring can be found here.