The Bonallack Trophy – 2016 Preview & Results

18th March 2016


Europe won the 2016 Bonallack Trophy beating Asia-Pacific 21.5 – 10.5.

Bonallack Trophy 2016 Europe Winners Photo 2

Team Europe (Photo: Hugo Ribeiro / FPG)

Jack Hume (IRE) and Mario Galiano (ESP), Europe’s two in form players, both delivered to ensure a comfortable win.  Robin Petersson (SWE) and Jeroen Krietemeijer (NED) were also unbeaten in the three matches they played.

My analysis of the individual contributions of all players is shown below: –

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Notes: I have adopted the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking methodology. Each match is awarded two points.  A Foursomes or Fourball win sees both players share the points, collecting 1 each; likewise a loss sees both allocated -1 point.  A Singles win is worth 2 points to a player whilst a loss sees -2 awarded  All halved matches see no points added or deducted.  Where a player is not selected for a series the spreadsheet is left blank.

Asia-Pacific won the inaugural Patsy Hankins Trophy match, beating Europe 17 – 15.

After a poor first Foursomes series (lost 4 – 1) Europe made a real fist of this match.  Firstly recovering well on Day 2 before making a superb start to the Day 3 Singles, winning 4.5 points from the first 6 matches.  Sadly just 1 point (2 halves) from the final 6 games allowed Asia-Pacific to wrestle back control.



21st February 2016

The Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy is a 3-day biennial amateur match played between 12-man teams representing Europe and Asia-Pacific.

It is named in honour of Sir Michael Bonallack, one of Great Britain and Ireland’s (GB&I) greatest ever amateur golfers and formerly Secretary of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (1984-99).


The 2016 Bonallack Trophy match will take place between 16-18 March at Vidago Palace in Portugal.


The European Golf Association and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation select the two 12-man teams.

Players are selected with reference to the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and guidance from national coaches and officials.  The two captains also have an unspecified number of picks to provide flexibility.

No more than two players may be selected from the same country.

This year all of the players will be making their debuts save for Spain’s Mario Galiano who played in the 2014 match in India.  Six GB&I players have been selected for the European team.


Alexis GODILLOT (FRA) – Captain
Yves HOFSTETTER (SUI) – Vice Captain

David BOOTE (WAL)                        – WAGR 79  /  SPWAR 62             
Luca CIANCHETTI (ITA)                     – WAGR 85  /  SPWAR 93
Grant FORREST (SCO)                    – WAGR 25  /  SPWAR 19
Mario GALIANO AGUILA (ESP)         – WAGR 20  /  SPWAR 23
Jack HUME (IRE)                              – WAGR 24  /  SPWAR 10
Jeroen KRIETEMEIJER (NED)           – WAGR 132  /  SPWAR 459
Stefano MAZZOLI (ITA)                      – WAGR 39  /  SPWAR 79
Jack MCDONALD (SCO)                  – WAGR 36  /  SPWAR 35
Bradley MOORE (ENG)                    – WAGR 54  /  SPWAR 103
Robin PETERSSON (SWE)                 – WAGR 38  /  SPWAR 273
Ashton TURNER (ENG)                   – WAGR 100  /  SPWAR 122

Total Team WAGR / SPWAR               –         643               1,352


Matt CUTLER (AUS) – Captain

Chun-An YU (TPE)                              – WAGR 47  /  SPWAR 51
Han-Ting CHIU (TPE)                        – WAGR 856  /  SPWAR 319
Brett COLETTA (AUS)                        – WAGR 133  /  SPWAR 54
Samarth DWIVEDI (IND)                    – WAGR 88  /  SPWAR 216
Gregory FOO (SGP)                            – WAGR 81  /  SPWAR 113
Sung Ho YUN (KOR)                           – WAGR 348  /  SPWAR 97
Toshiki ISHITOKU (JAP)                     – WAGR 370  /  SPWAR 236
Takumi KANAYA (JAP)                       – WAGR 251  /  SPWAR 118
Jae Kyeoung LEE (KOR)                  – WAGR  1078  /  SPWAR 162
Zach MURRAY (AUS)                        – WAGR  99  /  SPWAR 208
Aman RAJ (IND)                                – WAGR  119  /  SPWAR  87
Luke TOOMEY (NZ)                           – WAGR 196  /  SPWAR 78

Team WAGR / SPWAR                        –        3,666             1,739

The WAGR and Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking SPWAR quoted above are from the rankings dated 17/02/16 and 22/02/16 respectively.

Interestingly the WAGR Team Ranking suggests the European Team is significantly stronger than their Asia-Pacific counterparts.  Putting aside home advantage the SPWAR indicates a potentially more even contest.

Match Format

On the first two days five foursome matches are played in the morning and five four ball matches in the afternoon.  On the final day all 12 team members compete in singles match play.

Bonallack Trophy 2014 Europe Team

The Winning 2014 European Team (Photo: EGA)

There are 32 points to play for with the winning team requiring 16.5 to claim the Trophy.  In the event of a tie, the trophy is retained by the holders.  Europe won the last match in india in 2014.


The host course is Campo de Golfe Vidago Palace in Northern Portugal.  The Palace was originally built as a summer home for the King of Portugal and is now a luxurious 5-star hotel.

Vidago Palace No. 1

Vidago Palace Hotel (Photo: Vidago Palace website)

The event was originally scheduled to be played at the Carya Golf Club in Turkey but presumably due to the political uncertainty in this area a late change has been made.

A 9-hole course was first laid out at Vidago Palace by Scottish architect Philip Mackenzie Ross in 1936.  It measured 1,986m and played to a par of 32.  Mackenzie Ross is most famous for designing two courses in Ayrshire, Scotland – Southerness and the world famous Ailsa Course at (Trump) Turnberry.

In 2009 Cameron Powell & Associates, specialists in restoring Mackenzie Ross courses, were mandated to build a new 18-hole championship course.  Partners Cameron Sinclair and Chris Powell reshaped and integrated the original 9 holes into 6 holes and built 12 new ones in the Vidago valley to create an impressive 6,308m par 72 venue. More details on this project can be found on the Cameron Powell website.

Vidago Palace No. 2

Vidago Palace Golf Course (Photo: Andy Mossack) 

The new undulating parkland course, with a sequence of spectacular finishing holes, re-opened in October 2010.  It has since hosted the Portugal Senior Open in 2014.

James Mason filmed this 1.30 minute You Tube video of Vidago for his Planet Golf Review series in June 2015.  It shows nearly every tee shot and the 15th and 17th are certainly worth the wait: –

Past Results

Europe lead Asia-Pacific 6 – 2 in the Bonallack Trophy series.

2014  Karnataka Golf, Bangalore, India     Europe             17.5 – 14.5

2012  Monte Rei G&CC, Portugal               Europe            21.5 – 10.5

2010  Karnataka Golf, Bangalore, India     Abandoned *

2008  Valderrama, Spain                            Europe              20 – 12

2006  Auckland GC, New Zealand            Europe               18 – 14

2004  Circolo Golf, Roma, Italy                   Asia-Pacific    16.5 – 15.5

2002  Hirono GC, Japan                            Asia-Pacific      18 – 14

2000  Puerta De Hierro, Madrid, Spain      Europe              20 – 12

1998  Lake Karrinyup CC, Australia           Europe              18 – 14

* Cancelled following the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland which restricted air travel for the participants.

Former Players

All GB&I

To date 87 different players have represented Europe in The Bonallack Trophy.  35 GB&I golfers have competed; 13 from England, 9 from Ireland, 8 from Scotland and 5 from Wales.

The table below shows the GB&I playing record (2000-2014).  Unfortunately I have not been able to find the detailed results from the first match in 1998. [If anyone has them or could find them I would like to see them – a reward will be given !]

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Notable Mainland Europeans

Of the 52 players from mainland Europe the most notable have been: –

Nicolas COLSAERTS (BEL) – 2000
Anders HANSEN (DEN) – 2002
Peter HANSON (SWE) – 1998
Mikko ILONEN (FIN) – 2000
Joost LUITEN (NED) – 2006
Edoardo MOLINARI (ITA) – 2002-04
Francesco MOLINARI (ITA) – 2004
Renato PARATORE (ITA) – 2014

Notable Asia-Pacific

Notable former players from Asia-Pacific include: –

Marcus FRASER (AUS) – 2002
Hideki MATSUYAMA (JPN) – 2012
Geoff OGILVY (AUS) – 1998
Brett RUMFORD (AUS) – 1998
Angelo QUE (PHI) – 2000
Shiv KAPUR (IND) – 2002

Future Venues

The 2018 match is to be held in Qatar.  The host course is to be confirmed in due course albeit the Doha Golf Club, which hosts the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, is expected to be used.

The Patsy Hankins Trophy

For the first time a Woman’s match is to be played alongside the Bonallack Trophy.

The event was going to be called the RaeVadee Trophy, named after RaeVadee Suwan who had donated the trophy, but its name was recently changed to honour Patsy Hankins.

Patsy Hankins

Patsy Hankins (Photo: New Zealand Golf)

Patsy Hankins was a leading New Zealand golf administrator and the first President of it’s combined Board.  Mrs. Hankins was also the Chairwomen of the IGF Women’s Division.  She was invited to become one of the first women members of The R&A in early 2015.  Having visited St. Andrews in September 2015 she sadly died unexpectedly on her return to New Zealand on 22nd October 2015 aged just 70.

The same format as the Bonallack Trophy is being adopted.  A 3-day match with foursomes, fourball and singles matches contested on the Vidago Palace course.

The European team was announced on 1st March 2016.


Elaine RATCLIFFE (ENG) – Captain
Anna ROSCIO (ITA) – Vice Captain


*Chloe Williams replaced Olivia MEHAFFEY (IRE) who withdraw on 9th March due to illness.

The Asia-Pacific team was confirmed on 8th March 2016.


Libby STEELE (NZ) – Captain

Julianne ALVAREZ (NZ)
Tiffany CHAN (HK)
Hey-Jin CHOI (KOR)
Hannah GREEN (AUS)
Wenyung KEH (NZ)
Hyunkyung PARK (KOR)
Tian QI (CHI)
Princess Mary SUPERAL (PHI)
Han-Hsuan YU (TPE)


Copyright © 2016, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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