Friday, April 27, 2012


Europe beat Asia-Pacific by a resounding 20 1/2-11 1/2pt in the three-day men's amateur international match for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at Monte Rei Golf and Country Club on Portugal's Algarve coastline today (Friday).
This was the seven match in the biennial series and Asia-Pacific lead 4-3.
MVP of the tournament was Welshman Rhys Enoch, pictured, a student at East Tennessee University. His long trip was America was certainly worthwhile because he won all five matches he figured in -- two foursomes and two four-balls in partnership with Irishman Alan Dunbar.
Enoch sealed his five-star performance by winning by two holes against Cameron Smith (Australia) in the closing singles.
Europe led 6-4 at the end of the first day and then took the second-day honours 71/2-2 1/2 before extending their winning margin to nine points with a 7-5 capture of the singles.
Dunbar almost stayed up alongside his foursomes partner but was held to a square match in the singles by India's Seenappa Chikkarangappa and so finished with 4 1/2pt out of a possible five.
EUROPE 20 1/2, ASIA-PACIFIC 11 1/2

European names first
Manuel Trapell (Aut) bt Benjamin Campbell (NZ) 7 and 6.
Alan Dunbar (Ire) halved with Seenappa Chikkarangappa (Ind).
Rhys Enoch (Wal) bt Cameron Smith (Aus) 2 holes.
Robin Kind (Net) lost to Khalin Hitesh Joshi (Ind) 4 and 3.
Daan Huizing (Net) lost to Soo-Min Lee (S Korea) 1 hole.
Robert Karlsson (Swe) bt Taihei Sato (Jap) 2 and 1.
Jack Hiluta (Eng) lost to Hideki Matsuyama (Jap) 3 and 2.
Marcel Sneider (Ger) lost to Jake Higginbottom (Aus) 3 and 2.
Moritz Lampert (Ger) halved with Mathew Perry (NZ).
Ben Taylor (Eng) bt Chien-Yao Hung (Taiwan) 5 and 4.
Jon Rahm-Rodriguez (Spa) bt Natipong Srithong (Thai) 3 and 1.
Thomas Detry (Bel) bt Chang-Woo Lee (S Korea) 3 and 2.



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