Saturday, August 31, 2019

Continentals beat GB and I to regain

Jacques Leglise Trophy

The Continent of Europe team has won the Jacques L├ęglise Trophy over Great Britain and Ireland at Aldeburgh Golf Club, England.
The visitors entered the second day with a slender 6.5 - 5.5 advantage over their opponents after recovering to win all of the last four singles matches during Friday's second session.
The first point of the second day went to the hosts when Benjamin Schmidt, the top-ranked player in the match, and Archie Davies defeated French duo, Tom Vaillant and Charles Larcelet 4 and 3, drawing the score level at 6.5 points each.
The Continent of Europe replied with a four-hole victory of their own in the second foursomes match on the course: Adam Wallin (Sweden) and Loic Ettlin (Switzerland) defeated Joe Pagdin and GB and I captain, Barclay Brown, by 4 and 2.
Despite both going down the 18th hole, the final two matches of the session also went in favour of the visitors from the Continent. Bard Skogen (Norway) and Matteo Cristoni (Italy) earned a two-hole victory over Connor McKinney and Aaron Marshall, while Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues (Portugal) and David Puig (Spain) triumphed by the same margin over Tom McKibbin and Joshua Hill, taking the score to Continent of Europe 9.5, Great Britain and Ireland 6-5.
Heading into the final session, the Continent of Europe team, captained by Joachim Fourquet (France), needed just 3.5 points from the nine singles matches to reclaim the trophy lost to GB and I in Finland last year.
The hosts pulled a point back when Joe Pagdin defeated Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart in the first match of the afternoon. However, the GB and I team never looked like they were going to make up the deficit, with the Continent of Europe up in the majority of matches still out on the course. 
The next three points all went to the visitors. Charles Larcelet and Adam Wallin both won 2 and 1, while Bard Skogen claimed a 4 and 2 victory in his match, leaving the Continent of Europe within just half a point of winning the trophy for the third time in four years.
Loic Ettlin then won his match with Archie Davies, 4 and 3, to seal victory for Joachim Fourquet's team. 
David Puig (3 and 2) and Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues (2 and 1), who together won a point for their team in the morning foursomes session, both also won their matches to take the final score to Continent of Europe 15.5, Great Britain and Ireland 9.5.
Portugal's Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues, who was part of the losing team in last year's match, was the only player to score four points over the two days, while Norway's Bard Skogen was also undefeated, winning all three of his matches. 
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