Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bonallack Trophy (MEN)

Result: Europe 15.5, Asia-Pacific 16.5
Asia-Pacific have won the Bonallack Trophy after three days of competition at Doha Golf Club Qatar. It is the first time they have won the amateur men's biennial match since 2004.
Asia-Pacific held a narrow lead after the first-day four-ball and foursomes matches, but trailed by two points after day two.
In the singles on the third day, Asia-Pacific won five of the first seven matches to take a one-point lead. At this point, Europe needed three more points to retain the trophy and were up in two and down in three of the reminaing matches.
Angel Hidalgo fought back from two down with four holes to play to secure half a point and Oliver Gillberg overturned a two hole deficit with six to play to win by one hole.
Kristoffer Reitan won by one hole but Frederic Lacroix lost 3 and 2, meaning the outcome of the match would come down to Matthew Jordan and Osawa Kazuya.
Jordan needed to win the 18th hole to score the half-point Europe needed to retain the trophy, and had a two-metre putt to do so. Unfortunatley, the putt missed and the hole was halved, meaning Asia-Pacific took the match. 
Kristoffer Reitan was the highest scorer of the European team. The Norwegian won a four-ball and foursomes match alongside Rasmus Hojgaard in addition to his win in the singles.
For the full list of results follow the link below:​

Patsy Hankins Trophy (Women) 

Result: Europe 8.5, Asia-Pacific 23.5
Asia-Pacific's amateur women's team  successfully defended the Patsy Hankins Trophy at Doha Golf Club, Qatar. 
Although the men's match was very close, the second edition of the ladies' match was decided early. Asia-Pacific secured victory at the end of day two after winning eight of the day's 10 matches. Europe managed only one victory over the first two days, which was delivered by Bianca Fabrizio and Blanca Fernandez. 
Despite the match already being decided, the European ladies were more successful in the singles matches. Blanca Fernandez, England's Annabell Fuller and Isobel Wardle, Zhen Bontan and Ireland's Paula Grant all won their matches.
Atthaya Thitikul, winner of the inaugural Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship earlier this year, and her foursomes and four-ball partner, Yuka Saso, both won all five of the matches they played.
The highest scorer on the European team was England's Annabell Fuller, who halved three matches alongside Puk Lyng Thomsen in addition to her 7 and 6 win in the singles.
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