The Continent of Europe achieved a historic double by securing victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano and Jacques Léglise trophies at Blairgowrie today, the first time that the matches have been played alongside each other.
The renowned Rosemount Course in Perthshire was bathed in sunshine as the Europeans continued their dominance in the Junior Vagliano Trophy to take the match by 10-8 after the afternoon singles finished three points apiece.
The keenly contested Jacques Léglise Trophy was won by the Continent of Europe by 13½-11½ but they were pushed all the way by a gritty GB&I team.
The Junior Vagliano Trophy
GB&I started the day two points adrift of their European rivals and the morning foursomes spoils were shared with Johanna Axelsen and Perla Sól Sigurbrandsdóttir winning their match while Isla McDonald-O’Brien and Amelia Wan responded with a win and the other match was halved.
The home team knew they had to make a fast start in the afternoon singles but their hopes were dented when Anna Cañadó Espinal of Spain raced to a 6&5 win against Marina Joyce Moreno.
GB&I showed their resolve, however, and Rosie Bee Kim saw off Sigurbrandsdóttir by 4&2. Maggie Whitehead secured a two-hole win over Lynn van der Sluijs after winning the 17th with a birdie and sealing the match at the 18th with a par.
McDonald-O’Brien maintained her rich vein of form to win by 2&1 against Spain’s Andrea Revuelta Goicoechea and take 3½ points out of four for the week.
The Continent of Europe team were not to be denied though and Axelsen and Carla De Troia were always in control in their matches against Amelia Wan and Grace Crawford with 4&3 and 6&5 results ensuring they would take the trophy for the seventh time.
Myrte Eikenaar, non-playing captain, the Continent of Europe, said, “It’s wonderful to have won. The girls really fought it out, especially in the morning when they maybe weren’t playing their best golf and still getting one and a half points. It was great to see them show heart.
“We were quickly up in the afternoon matches and that seemed to give the girls a lot of confidence to keep going to the end and it was nice that it ended up being the last match to decide the outcome.
“The players are super happy. They really came together as a team this week which was amazing to see. You can tell by the energy in the group. Obviously, we’re happy to have extended our record this week, but Great Britain and Ireland really had a strong team this year and the matches were so close. I’m sure it will become harder to keep retaining the trophy so I’m really happy to have won.”
Janet Melville, non-playing captain, Great Britain and Ireland, said, “This is the best performance by the team in this match so I’m really pleased with how we played despite the result. They’ve done really well and we only lost one of the sessions overall. I’m especially pleased given the result last year and proud of each player.”