The Bonallack Trophy – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

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The Winning 2018 Asia-Pacific Team (Photo: Jayaram)

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Asia-Pacific Captain Matt Cutler With The Bonallack Trophy (Photo: Matt Cutler)

10th March 2018

Asia-Pacific won the 2018 Bonallack Trophy match 16.5 – 15.5 at Doha GC in Qatar.

This was just the third time Asia-Pacific had prevailed. Their previous wins coming in 2002 and 2004.

The home team overturned a two point deficit at the start of play by winning the day 3 Singles series 7.5 – 4.5.

Europe’s four Singles wins came from Todd Clements (ENG), Sami Valimaki (FIN), Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) and Oliver Gilbert (SWE). Angel Hidalgo Portillo (ESP) halved his game.

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Click here to view the – 2018 Bonallack Trophy Final Results

Looking at the individual player performances Daniel Hillier (NZ) was the star performer for the winning Asia-Pacific team. He recorded 3 wins and two draws and as such was the only unbeaten player in the event. He has moved up 10 places to No. 57 in the SPWAR.

Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) made the best contribution for Europe. He delivered three wins in his four games. He has moved up 21 places to No. 158 in the SPWAR.

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Finally here is the updated Great Britain & Ireland Bonallack Trophy playing records data.

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9th March 2018

Europe turned the match around on Day 2. They now lead Asia-Pacific 11 – 9 with just tomorrow’s 12 Singles to be played.

Afternoon

In what could prove to be the critical session of the 2018 Bonallack Trophy match Europe secured 3.5 points in the Day 2 Foursomes.

Frederic Lacroix (FRA) / Edgar Catherine (FRA), Robin Dawson (IRE) / Marc Hammer (GER) and Matthew Jordan (ENG) / Todd Clements (ENG) all delivered victories for Europe.

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Morning

The Day 2 Fourballs were again very competitive with two of the games halved. Europe won the series 3-2 to draw level with Asia-Pacific in the match 7.5 – 7.5.

Sam Valimaki (FIN) / Matias Honkala (FIN) and Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) / Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) were the two European pairs to deliver wins.

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8th March 2018

Asia-Pacific lead the Bonallack Trophy 5.5 – 4.5 in Qatar after the conclusion of play on Day 1.

Afternoon

The Day 1 Foursomes proved to be more successful for Europe who won the series 3 – 2.

The Robin Dawson (IRE) / Marc Hammer (GER), Kristoffer Reitan (NOR) / Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) and Frederic Lacroix (FRA) / Edgar Catherine (FRA) pairs secured the three wins for Europe.

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Morning

Asia-Pacific won the Day 1 Fourball session 3.5 – 1.5, coming out on top in games 2 and 3, both of which were tight affairs.

Oliver Gilbert (SWE) and Angel Hidalgo Portillo (ESP) secured Europe’s only win in Game 5.

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(Scoreboard Photos: Qatar Golf Association / European Golf Association / Golfbox)

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6th March 2018

The 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 2018 match will take place between 8th-10th March at Doha GC in Qatar.

Europe, led by an unbeaten Jack HUME (IRE / W4) and Mario Galiano (ESP / W4 L1), won the Trophy in 2016 beating Asia-Pacific 21.5 – 10.5 at Vidago Palace in Portugal. Full Results

The match was first played in 1998 and Europe now lead Asia-Pacific 7 – 2 in the history of the event.

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The Winning 2016 Europe Team (Photo: Hugo Ribeiro / FPG)

Players and Teams

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 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.

Both Captain’s, Alexis Godillot and Matt Cutler, will be reprising their 2016 roles in Qatar.

Gregory Foo (SGP) and Takumi Kanaya (JAP) are the only players returning to the match. All of the other players will be making their debuts in 2018.

Three GB&I players have been selected for the European team. There were six in Europe’s 2016 team. Matthew JORDAN (ENG) represented GB&I in the 2017 Walker Cup match in Los Angeles last September.

Europe

Alexis GODILLOT (FRA) – Non-Playing Captain

Edgar CATHERINE (FRA)                       – SPWAR 63               
Todd CLEMENTS (ENG)                       – SPWAR 75
Robin DAWSON (IRE)                           – SPWAR 92
Oliver GILLBERG (SWE)                        –  SPWAR 44
Marc HAMMER (GER)                            – SPWAR 536
Angel HIDALGO PORTILLO (ESP)         – SPWAR 70
Rasmus HOJGAARD (DEN)                   – SPWAR 201
Matias HONKALA (FIN)                         – SPWAR 430
Matthew JORDAN (ENG)                     – SPWAR 28
Frédéric LACROIX (FRA)                       – SPWAR 74
Kristoffer REITAN (NOR)                        – SPWAR 179
Sami VALIMAKI (FIN)                             – SPWAR 76

Asia-Pacific

Matt CUTLER (AUS) – Non-Playing Captain
Andy YAMANAKA (JAP) – Vice captain

Gregory FOO (SGP)                                – SPWAR 119
Lloyd Jefferson GO (PHI)                        – SPWAR 24
Jaemin HAN (KOR)                                 – SPWAR 1,505
Daniel HILLIER (NZ)                               – SPWAR 67
Takumi KANAYA (JAP)                           – SPWAR 21
Sadom KEAWKANJANA (THA)              – SPWAR 62
Dong-Min KIM (KOR)                             – SPWAR 333
Min Woo LEE (AUS)                                – SPWAR 5
Kammalas NAMUANGRUK (THA)         – SPWAR 122
Kazuya OSAWA (JAP)                             – SPWAR 316
Rayhan THOMAS (IND)                          – SPWAR 208
Shae WOOLS-COBB (AUS)                     – SPWAR 43

The current Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR) suggest Europe have the strongest team on paper. Europe’s total team SPWAR being 1,868 versus Asia-Pacific’s 2,825.

However, Asia-Pacific have 6 players in the top 100 to Europe’s 8 so are certainly not without some real quality. In Min Woo Lee, US Junior Amateur champion in 2016, Asia-Pacific also have the best player on paper.

I expect a tighter match than last time where poor weather arguably didn’t help the visitors.

Match Play Format

On the first two days five fourball matches will be played in the morning (starting at 7.00am) and five foursome matches in the afternoon (starting at 12 noon).

On the final day all 12 team members will compete in singles (starting at 10.00am).

The times quoted above are local. Doha, Qatar is 3 hours ahead of the UK.

As is normal practice a win will deliver a point, a half half a point and a loss no points.

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 Portugal in 2016.

Venue

This year the host course is Doha GC in Qatar.

The Doha Club is well known to followers of the European Tour as it has staged the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on many occasions. Eddie Pepperell won the Mother of Pearl Trophy in 2018 with a 270 (-18) score just a few weeks ago.

The Qatar Masters was played over a course measuring 7,400 yards and a par of 72.

The Bonallack Trophy is supposedly being played off the White Tees over 6,640 yards. The front nine is 3,512 yards and the back 3,128 yards, both with pars of 36. If this proves to be correct low scoring can be expected.

It is a typical Middle East desert course; designed by Peter Harradine, flat with plenty of water.

Rahan Thomas (IND) is Dubai-based and won the Qatar Open Amateur Championship at Doha in 2016 so will return with positive memories.

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Doha Golf Club (Photo: Ping Golf Europe)

Past Results

Europe lead Asia-Pacific 7 – 2 in the Bonallack Trophy series.

2016  Vidago Palace, Portugal                   Europe              21.5 – 10.5

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     Cancelled *

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.

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The Winning 2014 Europe Team (Photo: EGA)

Former Players

Notable GB&I

To date 99 different players have represented Europe in The Bonallack Trophy.

41 GB&I golfers have competed; 15 from England, 10 from Ireland, 10 from Scotland and 6 from Wales.

Career amateurs Nigel EDWARDS (WAL) and Gary WOLSTENHOLME (ENG) both played in four Bonallack Trophy matches.

Other GB&I players to compete include: –

Jamie DONALDSON (WAL) – 1998
Oliver FISHER (ENG) – 2006
Shane LOWRY (IRE) – 2008
Rory MCILROY (IRE) – 2006
Richie RAMSAY (SCO) – 2006
Justin ROSE (ENG) – 1998
Danny WILLETT (ENG) – 2008
Chris WOOD (ENG) – 2008

Notable Mainland Europeans

Of the 58 players from mainland Europe to play in the Bonallack Trophy the most notable have been: –

Nicolas COLSAERTS (BEL) – 2000
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ CASTRAÑO – 2004
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
Shiv KAPUR (IND) – 2002
Hideki MATSUYAMA (JPN) – 2012
Geoff OGILVY (AUS) – 1998
Angelo QUE (PHI) – 2000
Brett RUMFORD (AUS) – 1998
Cameron SMITH (AUS) – 2012

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The Bonallack Trophy – 2016 Preview & Results

18th March 2016

UPDATE

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

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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.

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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).

Dates

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

Teams

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.

Europe

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

David BOOTE (WAL)                        – WAGR 79  /  SPWAR 62             
Ivan CANTERO GUTIERREZ (ESP)   – WAGR 11  /  SPWAR 64
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

Asia-Pacific

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.

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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.

Venue

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.

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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.

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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
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ CASTRAÑO – 2004
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.

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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.

Europe

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

Gioia CARPINELLI (SUI)
Lucrezia COLOMBOTTO ROSSO (ITA)
Bianca FABRIZIO (ITA)
Laura FÜNFSTÜCK (GER)
Frida KINHULT (SWE)
Puk LYNG THOMSEN (DEN)
Meghan MACLAREN (ENG)
Maria PARRA LUQUE (ESP)
Luna SOBRÓN GALMÉS (ESP)
Emma SPITZ (AUT)
Albane VALENZUELA (SUI)
Chloe WILLIAMS (WAL) *

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

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

Asia-Pacific

Libby STEELE (NZ) – Captain

Julianne ALVAREZ (NZ)
Hina ARAGAKI (JAP)
Tiffany CHAN (HK)
Hey-Jin CHOI (KOR)
Hannah GREEN (AUS)
Nasa HATAOKA (JAP)
Wenyung KEH (NZ)
Hyunkyung PARK (KOR)
Tian QI (CHI)
Princess Mary SUPERAL (PHI)
Paphangkorn TAVATANAKIT (THA)
Han-Hsuan YU (TPE)

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2014 Men’s Amateur Golf – The GolfBible Top 10

30th December 2014

Here’s my top 10 achievements for the 2014 calendar year: –

1. Gunn Yang wins the US Amateur in one of the biggest surprises in the event’s history
The 20 year old South Korean was so out of form following back surgery in May 2013 that he had has his scholarship cut at San Diego State earlier in the year and had fallen to No. 776 in the WAGRs.  From 6,803 entrants he got into the field of 312 and qualified for the Top 64 match play stage.  He then knocked out favourite after favourite before defeating Canada’s Cory Connors 2&1 in the final.

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Gunn Yang Holds The Havemeyer Trophy At The Atlantic Athletic Club  

2. Bradley Neil wins the Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush
A fabulous win, helped by a superb short game, for Scotland’s 18 year old protege as he defeated South Africa’s Zander Lombard 2&1 in the final.  Ranked 38th in the WAGR at the start of play Neil moved up into the Top 10 and will now be looking forward to the spoils of victory in 2015.

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Bradley Neil Celebrates His Life Changing Win  

3. Oliver Goss and Matt Fitzpatrick do Amateur Golf proud in the Majors
Australia’s Oliver Goss, runner up in the 2013 US Amateur to Matt Fitzpatrick, finished 49th in the US Masters.  The only amateur to make the cut, rounds of 76, 71, 76 and 75 helped to secure him the Amateur Sterling Silver Cup.   Fitzpatrick playing in his last amateur event at the US Open did equally as well. In securing the low amateur medal at Pinehurst he became the first player to double up at The Open and the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1930.

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Oliver Goss and Matt Fitzpatrick With Their Low Amateur Prizes  

4. Jon Rahm wins the Individual title at the World Amateur Team
Spain’s Arizona State studying Rahm won the Individual title at the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan with a -23 total score, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ event record that had stood since 1960.  Rounds of 70, 64, 62 and 67 in September won praise from around the world of golf.  The USA beat Canada by 2-shots to win the Team title with a total of 534 (-38), a full 20 shots better then the previous best set by The Netherlands in 2006.

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John Rahm With The World Amateur Team IndIvidual Medal  

5. Italy’s Renato Paratore qualifies for the European Tour
By winning the Portuguese International Amateur and the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in China Paratore had secured himself a Top 10 place in the WAGR.  But that wasn’t enough for the 17 year old Italian from Rome so he topped off his year by finishing 3rd at the European Tour Final Q-School.  It will be interesting to see how he goes on the Tour in 2015.  Good news for the Italian Golf Federation so soon after the emergence of Matteo Manassero.

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Renato Paratore – Gold Medal Winner

6. Thriston Lawrence wins the Lytham Trophy 
Thriston retained his South African Amateur title in March 2014 before securing the prestigious Lytham Trophy in May.  He turned Pro in June and 18 earlier this month and will be hoping to make his mark in the Pro ranks in 2015.

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Thriston Lawrence Accepts The Lytham Trophy

7. Haydn McCullen completes a McEvoy and Carris Trophy U18 Double 
Delamere Forest’s Haydn McCullen won two of the U18 GB&I majors in 2014.  Rounds of 66, 69, 70 and 74 (-5) were good enough to beat defending champion Bradley Moore at Copt Heath GC.  Whilst at Moor Park GC rounds of 71, 75, 72 and 70 (L) ultimately led to a first hole play off victory again over Keddleston Park’s Moore.  McCullen who turned 18 in August is expected to turn Pro later this year and join Fitzpatrick and Lawrence (see above) in the ISM stable.  Moore, a year younger and now 17 will no doubt be looking forward to another winning year in Junior golf.

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Haydn McCullen With The McEvoy Trophy (l) and Carris Trophy (r) 

8. Our various Amateur Teams just kept on winning
A superb final day’s single series – 8.5 out of 10 points being won – helped Europe to a 18.5-11.5 victory in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath GC.  Europe also retained the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in Bangalore, India beating the Asia-Pacific team 17.5-14.5.  Later in the year GB&I then had a double win in Barsebäck, Sweden winning the Men’s St. Andrews Trophy (14-10) and the U18 Boys Jacques Leglise Trophy (12.5-11.5).  Well done to all !

2014 Team Winners

Palmer Cup, Bonallack Trophy, St. Andrews Trophy and Jacques Leglise Trophy Winners  

9. Ashley Chesters retained his European Amateur Championship  
The 24 year old Hawkstone Park player won his second consecutive European Amateur at the Duke’s Course, thus qualifying for the 2015 St. Andrews Open.

Ashley Chesters

Ashley Chesters – 2013 & 2014 European Amateur Champion 

10. Sam Horsfield continues to live up to the hype and let’s his golf do the talking  
The Florida-based but Manchester born junior won the New Year’s Invitational and Junior Players events and showed outstanding consistency in his stroke play scoring.  His name is increasingly preceded by the word ‘medalist’ and another good year in 2015 should culminate in Walker Cup selection before he heads off to college at the University of Florida.

Sam Horsfield

Sam Horsfield With The Junior Players Trophy 

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