U.S. Amateur Championship – 2020 Preview

5th August 2020

Introduction

The 120th U.S. Amateur Championship starts on Monday 10th August at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

The Championship is being played on Bandon’s Dunes and Trails courses.

Administered by the United States Golf Association (USGA) the U.S. Amateur is the most important and prestigious competition in the amateur golf calendar.

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2020 Field

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic all Sectional Qualifying events were cancelled. In 2019 there were 96 36 hole events staged by the USGA with the qualifiers making up a large proportion of the final field.

The 2020 field is entirely made up of exempt players and has been reduced to 264 players – 312 normally compete. The entry fee for the U.S. Amateur Championship is $175.

Exemption categories, largely based on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), were established by the USGA with the aim of creating a field that most closely resembles those of a typical Championship.

Based on the main exemption categories originally announced 28 GB&I players earned a spot in the field – see Appendix below for more details. However, due to international travel restrictions many of these players have not been able to take up this opportunity. This in turn opened the door to six other GB&I players who were ranked lower in the WAGR but were based in USA.

On 30th July 14 GB&I players were confirmed by the USGA as being in the field. Barclay Brown, Tom McKibbin and John Murphy subsequently withdrew on travel grounds leaving us with 11 starters. They are: –

Dan BRADBURY (ENG)
Archie DAVIES (WAL)
Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG)
Angus FLANAGAN (ENG)
John GOUGH (ENG)
Jamie LI (ENG)
Connor MCKINNEY (SCO)
Rhys NEVIN (ENG)
Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG)
Joe PAGDIN (ENG)
Sandy SCOTT (SCO)

There were 11 GB&I players at Pinehurst last year, 7 in 2018 at Pebble Beach, 9 in 2017 at Riviera and 11 in 2016 at Oakland Hills.

Sadly it will not be possible for any of the above GB&I entrants to play in the Brabazon Trophy (18-21 August) or the Amateur Championship (25-30 August) this year due to the current quarantining rules.

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The par-4 fifth hole at Bandon Dunes (Photo: USGA/Steven Gibbons)

Most of the leading USA players will be competing at Bandon Dunes and I expect the following to feature strongly: –

John AUGENSTEIN (USA) – 2019 runner-up
Ricky CASTILLO (USA)
Pierceson COODY (USA)
Quade CUMMINS (USA)
Austin ECKROAT (USA)
Cole HAMMER (USA)
Meissner MCCLURE (USA)
Maxwell MOLOVAN (USA)
Andy OGLETREE (USA) – 2019 champion
John PAK (USA)
Tyler STRAFACI (USA)
Preston SUMMERHAYS (USA)
Davis THOMPSON (USA)

Click here to view the – USGA’s 2020 U.S. Amateur Information PDF

Click here to view the – USGA’s 2020 U.S. Amateur Exemptions List

Tee Times

Click here to view the – 2020 U.S. Amateur Stroke Play Qualifying Draw Sheets

With Oregon being 8 hours behind the UK the first three ball tee time will be at 3.00pm BST and the last one at 11.04pm BST.

Competition Format

On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th August all of the competitors will play 36-holes of stroke play, one round on the Dunes Course and the other on the Trails Course.

The Top 64 qualifiers will then progress to the match play stage of the competition. Ties for the last qualifying place will be resolved by a sudden death play-off.

18 hole match play rounds will then be played on the Dunes Course between Wednesday 12th and Saturday 15th, culminating in a 36-hole Championship Final on Sunday 16th August. Extra holes will be played to resolve any halved games.

Host Courses

Bandon Dunes Course
7,218 yards (maximum), Par 72
Opened in 1999.
Designed by David McLay Kidd.

Bandon Dunes Course Video (Photo: bandondunesgolf.com)

Bandon Dunes Course Scorecard (Photo: bandondunesgolf.com)

Bandon Trails Course
6,883 yards (maximum), Par 71
Opened in 2005.
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Bandon Trails Course Video (Photo: bandondunesgolf.com)

Bandon Trails Course Scorecard (Photo: bandondunesgolf.com)

The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is the realisation of a dream by golf-mad owner Mike Keiser, a greetings card millionaire. It now incorporates six courses, including a spectacular 13 hole par 3 set up, all built on sand dunes 100 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

The Resort has previously hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Weather Forecast

The weather forecast (as at 6th August) is positive for Championship week. Bandon Dunes in Oregon is on the north west pacific coast so temperatures will be cool and winds will be a factor.

Stroke Play Qualifying
Mon 10th August – Sunny / Wind 21 mph N / Temp. Min. 21°C, Max. 12°C.
Tues 11th August – Sunny Intervals / Wind 19 mph N / Temp. Min. 20°C, Max. 11°C.

Match Play Stage
Weds 12th August – Sunny / Wind 18 mph N  / Temp. Min. 19°C, Max. 9°C.
Thurs 13th August – Sunny Intervals / Wind 19 mph N  / Temp. Min. 21°C, Max. 9°C.
Fri 14th August – Sunny / Wind 18 mph N  / Temp. Min. 21°C, Max. 10°C.
Sat 15th August – Sunny / Wind 16 mph N  / Temp. Min. 19°C, Max. 10°C.
Sun 16th August – Sunny Intervals / Wind 16 mph NW / Temp. Min. 19°C, Max. 10°C.

UK Television Coverage

In recent years the Sky Sports Golf channel has taken the U.S. television feed, via the Red Button, over the final match play weekend.

Prizes

The 2020 U.S. Amateur champion will receive the following: –

a) A Gold Medal and custody of the Havemeyer Trophy for the following year;

b) An exemption to play in the 2021 U.S. Open to be staged at [Winged Foot Golf Club or Torrey Pines];

and assuming they remain amateur,

c) An exemption to play in the 2021 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club;

d) An invitation to play in the 2021 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club;

e) An exemption to play in the 2021 – 2030 U.S. Amateur Championships;

and unofficially

f) Various invitations to play in PGA Tour and European Tour events.

A Silver Medal is awarded to the runner-up and Bronze Medals to the two losing semi-finalists.

A Bronze Medal is also awarded to the stroke play medalist(s).

The original silver Havemeyer Trophy was presented to the U.S.G.A. on March 1895 in honour of the Association’s first President Theodore A. Havemeyer. This was lost in a fire at Bobby Jones’ home club, East Lake, in 1925.

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Bobby Jones Receives the Original U.S. Amateur Trophy in 1924

A new gold trophy was produced in 1926. This was retired in 1992 with a copy of the trophy being produced and passed from champion to champion ever since.

Sadly the original gold trophy was stolen from the U.S.G.A. Museum in 2012 and has never been seen since.

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2019 U.S. Amateur Championship

Andy OGLETREE (USA) won the Final of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship beating John AUGENSTEIN (USA) 2&1 in the 36 hole match.

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Andy Ogletree (Photo: @USGA)

Augenstein got off to a great start on Course No. 4, which was used for the first 18 holes. Three consecutive birdies helped him build a 4Up lead after just 5 holes.

Ogletree came back at the Vanderbilt player gradually on the back nine and a birdie on the final hole saw him go into lunch just 2Down.

The Mississipian was relentless as play moved on to Course No. 2 in the afternoon. He finally got the match back to All Square on the 31st and immediately moved to 1Up with a birdie on the par 5 14th. After two shared holes with pars a four putt from off the green on the par 3 17th by Augenstein handed the trophy to Ogletree.

Ogletree made just three bogeys in the 37 holes he played in the Final.

Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) was for the second year running GB&I’s leading performer in the Championship. He eventually lost in the Round of 16 to Cohen TROLIO (USA) 5&4. Trolio recorded five birdies on his front nine to take a 4Up lead and eventually saw out the game with another birdie on the 14th.

Click here to view the – U.S. Amateur Match Play Results

Brandon WU (USA) won the Stroke Play Qualifying competition with rounds of 65 -5 (No. 4) and 72 +2 (No. 2).

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Brandon Wu (Photo: @USGA)

Tom SLOMAN (ENG) was one of six players one shot back of Wu on -2. Thomas FORSTER (ENG) and Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) -1 also qualified in the top 20.

11 GB&I players competed in 2019 with just five progressing to the Match Play Stage. Ben JONES (ENG), who finished tied 62nd, missed out after a 27-for-3 sudden death play-off on Course No. 4.

Here are the full GB&I Stroke Play Qualifying Results: –

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U.S. Amateur Championship Stroke Play Scoring (Photo: U.S.G.A)

Click here to view the – U.S. Amateur Stroke Play Qualifying Results

U.S. Amateur Championship History

The U.S. Amateur is the oldest golf championship in America and 2020 will see its 120th playing.

It was first played in 1895, the winner being Charles B. Macdonald.

It has always been decided by match play save for an 8 year period between 1965 and 1972 when the winner was determined solely by stroke play.

Former U.S. winners include Walter Travis (1900-01-03), Jerome Travers (1907-08-12-13), Bobby Jones (1924-25-27-28-30), Francis Ouimet (1914-31), W. Lawson Little (1934-35) Arnold Palmer (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1959-61), Deane Beman (1960-63), Lanny Wadkins (1970), Craig Stadler (1973), Mark O’Meara (1979), Hal Sutton (1980), Phil Mickelson (1990), Justin Leonard (1992), Tiger Woods (1994-95-96), Matt Kucher (1997), Ryan Moore (2004), Peter Uihlein (2010) and Bryson DeChambeau (2015).

British players have won the Championship on six occasions but just twice in the last 100 years – H.J. Whigham (1896-97), Findlay Douglas (1898), Harold Hilton (1911), Richie Ramsay (2006) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013).

Matthew Fitzpatrick (Photo: U.S.G.A.)

Italy’s Edoardo Molinari (2005) and Norway’s Viktor Hovland (2018) are the only player from the Continent of Europe to have lifted the Havemeyer Trophy.

Future U.S. Amateur Venues

09-15 August 2021 – Oakmont Country Club,

15-21 August 2022 – Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, New Jersey

14-20 August 2023 – Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

12-18 August 2024 – Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota

11-17 August 2025 – The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California

10-16 August 2026 – Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

09-15 August 2027 – Oak Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York

11-17 August 2031 – Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tennessee

Appendix – GB&I Players Eligible For The 2020 U.S. Amateur

Based on the main exemption categories originally announced by the USGA 28 GB&I players earned a spot in the field.

However, due to international travel restrictions many of these players were not able to take up this opportunity. This in turn opened the door to six other GB&I players who were ranked lower in the WAGR but were based in USA.

Here’s a list of the relevant exemption categories, the GB&I players initially caught by them and confirmation of the 11 who will be competing.   

Round of 64 from the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship
Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) ENTERED
Sandy SCOTT (SCO) ENTERED
James SUGRUE (IRL)

From the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, winners in 2016-2019; runners-up in 2018-2019 and quarterfinalists in 2019
Joe PAGDIN (ENG) ENTERED

Playing members of the United States and Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Teams, four year exemption once appointed to the team (2017 & 2019)
Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG)
Conor GOUGH (ENG)
Thomas PLUMB (ENG)
Caolan RAFFERTY (IRL)
Sandy SCOTT (SCO)
James SUGRUE (IRL)

Winners of The Amateur Championship (five year exemption) (2016-2019).
James SUGRUE (IRE)

From the current Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) the top 225-ranked players as of 24th June 2020
Sandy SCOTT (SCO) #9
Caolan RAFFERTY (IRL) #17
James SUGRUE (IRL) #19
Joe PAGDIN (ENG) #20
Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) #27
Ben JONES (ENG) #30
Conor GOUGH (ENG) #43
Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) #63
Jake BOLTON (ENG) #69
Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) #73 ENTERED
Mark POWER (IRL) #81
Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) #116
John MURPHY (IRL) #127
Charlie STRICKLAND (ENG) #136
Matty LAMB (ENG) #145
Joe LONG (ENG) #147
Robin WILLIAMS (ENG) #151
Thomas PLUMB (ENG) #153
Peter O’KEEFFE (IRL) #157
Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) #158
Keith EGAN (IRL) #160
Harry GODDARD (ENG) #167
Max MARTIN (ENG) #173
Arron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG) #178
Callum FARR (ENG) #188
Jamie LI (ENG) #205 ENTERED
Connor MCKINNEY (SCO) #224 ENTERED

From the current Men’s WAGR, the top 25-ranked players using the WAGR Age Filter as of 24th June 2020. Players must be age 25 on or before August 10, 2020. Player’s WAGR profile must include date of birth to be considered for this exemption category
Caolan RAFFERTY (IRL) #17 (2nd)
Peter O’KEEFFE (IRL) #157 (8th)
Colm CAMPBELL (IRL) #399 (24th)

[Matthew Clark (SCO) #319 – date of birth not added to WAGR biography so excluded]

Remaining spots in the championship field will be filled using the World Amateur Golf Ranking
Dan BRADBURY (ENG) #298 ENTERED
Barclay BROWN (ENG) #353
Archie DAVIES (WAL) #244 ENTERED
John GOUGH (ENG) #239 ENTERED
Rhys NEVIN (ENG) #346 ENTERED
Daniel O’LOUGHLIN (ENG) #326 ENTERED

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Some Reflections On The 2019 GB&I Men’s Amateur Golf Year

31st December 2019

Here are a few thoughts on the 2019 Great British & Irish (GB&I) men’s amateur golf season: –

1. I will start with our defining event, the Amateur Championship. It was great to see James SUGRUE (IRL) deliver a memorable win at Portmarnock to the delight of the home fans who supported the event so well. Sugrue peaked perfectly and having played in The Open and in the Walker Cup in 2019 can now look forward to the remainder of his golfing rewards next year.

2. Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) continued to impress winning four times in 2019. The Yorkshireman became just the fourth player to win both the Brabazon Trophy and Carris Trophy – that’s the men’s and U18 boys’ English Open Stroke Play Championships – in the same year. Some achievement.

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Ben Schmidt With The Brabazon Trophy And His Parents (Photo: Jonathan Plaxton)

3. Talking about juniors Conor GOUGH (ENG), Connor MCKINNEY (SCO), Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) also stood out amongst the U18’s which hopefully bodes well for the immediate future of GB&I golf. McKibbin winning the Junior Invitational and Pagdin getting to the semi-finals of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness G.C. were particular highlights that stand alongside Ben Schmidt’s wins for me.

4. I am particularly interested to see how the future unfolds for Schmidt and Gough, winners of the two English Amateur Championships this year and our two leading juniors. Schmidt is now focussing on his golf full time and heading towards the professional ranks at some speed whilst Gough appears to be ‘driving with the brakes on’, determined to focus on his education for the time being and happy to enjoy the journey. Followers of amateur golf know there is no right answer to this age old conundrum as everyone is different. Following this tortoise and hare fable over the next few years should be fun.      

5. Whilst I failed to record Tom McKibbin’s chip in to win the McEvoy Trophy on the 2nd play-off hole, despite videoing most of the final play at Copt Heath, I did manage to get Josh MCMAHON‘s (ENG) birdie putt on the 18th which won him the Lytham Trophy. The  “Yes, Get in !” shout from his caddie Dad will live long in my memory.

Josh McMahon Drops The Best Putt Of His Life (Video: GolfBible)

6. I believe a review of Championship entry exemptions may be required for the leading events in the summer months given how quickly one followers another. James NEWTON (ENG) and Ben SCHMIDT (ENG) were the surprise winners of the Irish Amateur Open and the Brabazon Trophy respectively in 2019 but with low WAGR rankings beforehand and having missed the cut off dates had no way of playing in either the St. Andrews Links Trophy or the Amateur Championship. There needs to be a mechanism – a blank entry to cover such eventualities – to allow recent winners to gain a late entry into subsequent events assuming they wish to compete in them. It doesn’t happen too often but this year not playing in two of our major Championships against his direct peers may have cost Ben Schmidt a place in our Walker Cup team.  

7. It was a good year for Scottish amateur golf. Few would argue that Euan WALKER was the outstanding GB&I amateur golfer of 2019 with fellow Walker Cupper Sandy SCOTT not too far behind him. Ryan LUMSDEN also won the prestigious Byron Nelson Award, handed out in late April to a graduating Senior in recognition of their entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as their character and integrity while in college. The Scottish administrators also made the decision to return the Scottish Open Amateur to its late May date from the irrelevant late August fixture it had become since 2018. 

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Euan Walker With His European Amateur Silver Medal (Photo: EGA)

8. Curtis KNIPES (ENG) and Thomas THURLOWAY (ENG) both came through Final Qualifying to join James Sugrue in The Open Championship field. Watching Jake BURNAGE (ENG) and Tom SLOMAN (ENG) try and follow them at Hollinwell was a highlight of my golfing year. Unusually no amateur made the cut at Royal Portrush so no Silver Medal was awarded this year.

9. GB&I lost the 47th Walker Cup match against USA at Royal Liverpool G.C. I may be deluded but I still believe this was a match we could have and should have won. I don’t think the opposition was quite as strong as they had been in previous years and playing at home we should have been spot on with our selection, pairings and preperation – we weren’t. Perhaps if the weather hadn’t been so pleasant we may have done a little better.   

10. Craig WATSON (SCO) stood down / was relieved of his GB&I Men’s Team captaincy duties with Stuart WILSON (SCO), the current Boy’s team captain, promoted as his replacement. Stuart will debut with the men at Royal Porthcawl in July in the next edition of the St. Andrews Trophy match against Continent of Europe. Good luck to him.

11. It wasn’t a vintage year for other GB&I men’s teams either – Sweden beat England in the Final of the European Amateur Team Championship and Europe beat GB&I in the boys’ Jacques Léglise Trophy. 

12. WAGR finally announced a new methodology to be introduced to their ranking with effect from January 2020. A more accurate ranking can be expected but at face value it still won’t be better than the SPWAR. If I was The R&A and USGA I’d have used some of my funds to simply take out Fred Solomon and his ‘gold standard’ SPWAR.

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13. The R&A and the USGA confirmed that they are reviewing the Rules of Amateur Status to make them easier to understand and apply. The results are set to be published in late 2021 – no rush there then. Lucy LI’s (USA) ‘one time warning’ for her Apple Watch advert at the start of the year (she should have had her amateur status removed) and the more recent California State’s ‘Fair Pay To Play’ Act which means NCAA athletes, including golfers, within that jurisdiction will be able to negotiate endorsement deals from 2023 have accelerated the need for an update.     

14. Josh HILL (ENG) qualified to play in both the Dubai Desert Classic and Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in early 2020 after winning the MENA Tour’s Amateur Order of Merit and then the Abu Dhabi Amateur Championship. What an opportunity for him on two courses he knows very well.                  

15. Ben JONES (ENG) finished the year as GB&I’s highest ranked amateur in the SPWAR after a top 5 finish at the South Beach International Amateur in Florida helped lift him above Caolan RAFFERTY (IRL) a few weeks ago. Scant consolation for his surprise exclusion from the GB&I Walker Cup team.

16. One to watch in 2020 – as I haven’t mentioned him yet I’m going to pick Jake BOLTON (ENG). Jake’s crept up to 37th in the SPWAR and with his confidence high after adding the 2019 Scottish Open Amateur title to his resume, as well as a 4th place finish at this month’s South Beach International Amateur, I expect him to progress further next year.

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Jake Bolton With The Scottish Open Amateur Trophy (Photo: Bolton Family)

17. As always a number of players turned Pro, most notably, Jake BURNAGE (ENG), Calum FYFE (SCO), Bailey GILL (ENG), Harry HALL (ENG), Ben HUTCHINSON (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG), Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO), Billy MCKENZIE (ENG), Josh MCMAHON (ENG), Ronan MULLARNEY (IRL), Conor PURCELL (IRL), Tom SLOMAN (ENG) and Euan WALKER (SCO). I wish them all well in the coming years.

18. Robert MACINTYRE (SCO) and Matthew JORDAN (ENG) gave encouragement to the next generation of amateurs with a number of excellent performances on the European Tour and Challenge Tour. Over in the U.S. on the PGA Tour Viktor Hovland (NOR), Matthew Wolff (USA) and Collin Morikawa (USA) also showed that a quick transition to the big time is possible for the highly talented and fortunate few.

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy – 2019 Preview, Reports & Results

31st August 2019

Continent of Europe beat Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) 15.5 – 9.5 to win the 43rd Jacques Léglise Trophy at Aldeburgh G.C. in England.

They won three out of the four series with GB&I halving the opening foursomes.

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Continent of Europe Team (Photo: @EGA_golf)

It was Europe’s 13th win in the match which dates back to 1977. Interestingly nine of these have come away from home. GB&I have 29 wins with one match drawn.

Click here to view the full – 2019 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES and Bård Bjørnevik SKOGEN were both unbeaten for the Continent of Europe. Loïc ETTLIN also won three of his four matches for the winning team.

Ben SCHMIDT, Joe PAGDIN and Joshua HILL provided some consolation for GB&I with their positive individual contributions. Connor MCKINNEY can also be pleased with his two wins.

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Jacques Léglise Trophy Individual performances (Photo: GolfBible)

Continent of Europe captain Joachim Fourquet said “I am very, very proud of my team. They showed that they are not just 16, 17 or 18 years old, they are real players – they know how to manage the course. The thing with the European team is you have 48 hours to create team spirit, it was better and better as the week went on. I could feel it last night, they were all talking and joking so I think today we are a real team, yesterday it was 75% and two days ago it was 50%. The attitude and team spirit was amazing today.”

GB&I captain Stuart Wilson said “There were a lot of positives. I think the guys changed their approach a little bit to put the challenge up to the European guys this afternoon but unfortunately they were just too strong for us. They keep the ball in play a little more than us and holed a few more putts and in the end that makes all the difference.”

GB&I will have to wait until 28-29 August 2020 to try and regain the trophy. The next Jacques Léglise Trophy match will be played at Blairgowrie G.C. in Scotland.

Day 2 Singles

The Continent of Europe won the Day 2 Singles 6 – 3.

After their strong performance in this morning’s Foursomes Continent of Europe needed only 3.5 points from this afternoon’s nine Singles to win the match. It didn’t take them long to achieve their goal.

Joe PAGDIN led GB&I out for the fourth time in the match. His opening hole birdie set the tone for a good afternoon for the Englishman who can be pleased with his two Singles wins. 3 Up at the turn Joe soon found himself back to 1 Up when Alvaro MUELLER-BAUMGART, who had been rested in the morning, hit back with two quick birdies on the back nine. The experienced Pagdin didn’t panic and his more consistent golf eventually saw him overcome the Spaniard 3&1.

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Ben SCHMIDT got off to a great start against Charles LARCELET and was 3 Up after 5 holes. However, the impressive Frenchman slowly reeled the Yorkshireman back in eventually birdieing the 17th to take a 2&1 win.

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Adam WALLIN overcame Connor MCKINNEY who fought to the end in a tight match.

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Archie DAVIES lost his way on the back nine handing Norway’s Bård Bjørnevik SKOGEN a relatively straight forward 4&2 win in the end.

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Playing captain Barclay BROWN redeemed himself with a 2&1 Singles win this afternoon after an uncharacteristic foursomes outing in the morning.

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An out of sorts Aaron MARSHALL was saved from a heavier defeat by the relatively poor play of opponent David PUIG in a poor quality encounter.

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Fellow Irishman Luke O’NEILL, who had been dropped from the morning foursomes by Captain Wilson, also struggled this afternoon gifting his game to Loïc ETTLIN with numerous errors evident.

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Joshua HILL finished strongly to take advantage of a disappointing back nine from Frenchman Tom VAILLANT to win their game by 2 holes. Hill was unbeaten in his two Singles having drawn his first game yesterday afternoon.  An encouraging GB&I debut.

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Tom MCKIBBIN played much better this afternoon but was still unable to secure his first point of the match losing 2&1 to Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES who proved to be one of the stars of the European team.

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The Day 2 Jacques Léglise Trophy Singles Results (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

Day 2 Foursomes

Continent of Europe won the Day 2 Foursomes series 3 – 1 and will now take a 9.5 – 6.5 lead into the final Singles series this afternoon.

Play started at 8.30am with GB&I led off by Ben SCHMIDT and Archie DAVIES in the morning Foursomes. On the front nine holes were exchanged freely with pars normally good enough to secure a win. After allowing the French pair to draw level on the 10th Schmidt and Davies powered in front with three quick birdies, seeing out the game 4&3.

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Barclay BROWN and Joe PAGDIN were unfortunately unable to put up much resistance in a game GB&I would have been hoping to take against Adam WALLIN and Loïc ETTLIN.

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Connor MCKINNEY and Aaron MARSHALL were unable to deliver a second foursomes win but Europe’s Bård Bjørnevik SKOGEN and Matteo CRISTONI were clearly in sparkling form. Seven birdies is always going to take some stopping in foursomes.

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In a tight game the Irish pairing of Tom MCKIBBIN and Joshua HILL lost out to the Iberian pairing of Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES and David PUIG. I think it is fair to say McKibbin does not like the closing holes at Aldeburgh.

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The Day 2 Jacques Léglise Trophy Foursomes Results (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

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30th August 2019

Day 1 Singles

The eight afternoon singles started at 1.30pm with Europe taking the series honours 4.5 – 3.5.

Continent of Europe therefore lead GB&I 6.5 – 5.5 at the end of Day 1 of the 43rd Jacques Léglise Trophy match.

Joshua HILL came in to the GB&I Singles line up in place of Aaron MARSHALL whilst Matteo CHRISTONI replaced Bård Bjørnevik SKOGEN for the Europeans as both Captains ensured all nine of their players saw action on Day 1.

Captain Wilson led off with his strongest match player Joe PAGDIN. Whilst not at his best on a windy afternoon in Suffolk the Florida-based Englishman still had an enough to see off Spain’s David PUIG. Match play is all about finding a way to win.

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Connor MCKINNEY was sent out second and soon found himself 3 Down after five holes to Charles LARCELET who had been part of the outstanding French foursomes pairing earlier in the day. Then somewhat inexplicably Larcelet proceeded to collapse losing six of the next seven holes, with only one being to a birdie from the young Scotsman. Connor saw out the game with little trouble.

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Joshua HILL will be a little disappointed with his finish but can be pleased with a half against Spaniard Alvaro MUELLER-BAUMGART on his GB&I debut.

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Ben SCHMIDT played the best of all of the GB&I players this afternoon. Never falling behind his consistent play helped him see off the more experienced Adam WALLIN.

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At this point in proceedings everything appeared to be going nicely for GB&I. Unfortunately the tide started to turn as the remaining games came down the closing holes.

Matteo CRISTONI got the better of Archie DAVIES in a tight match thanks primarily to two birdies on the back nine.

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Tom MCKIBBIN sadly let his match get away from him on Aldeburgh’s back nine. Two pars on the final two holes ended up being good enough for Loïc ETTLIN to completely turn around what looked to be a certain point for GB&I for much of the afternoon.

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Having taken a 1 Up lead into the back nine Luke O’NEILL was unable to stop Tom VAILLANT from securing his second win of the day on a topsy turvy back nine.

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Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES was given the initiative early on in his match against Barclay BROWN and comfortably saw out the game with a string of pars. The Portuguese player was one of just four players, two on each side, to end the day with a 100% win record.

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The Day 1 Jacques Léglise Trophy Singles Results (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

Day 1 Foursomes

The Day 1 morning Foursomes started at 9.00am and were shared 2 – 2 by GB&I and Continent of Europe.

GB&I’s opening pair of Barclay BROWN and Joe PAGDIN got off to a poor start falling 4-Down after 4 holes and simply never recovered against their French opponents, who were holing putts from everywhere.

Connor MCKINNEY and Aaron MARSHALL faired much better. This new foursomes pairing took the lead and built on it nicely until the match had been won on the 14th green.

The final two games were much tighter affairs both being decided in the final holes. Ben SCHMIDT and Archie DAVIES won the 18th after a superb approach by the Welshman to 4 feet was converted by his partner. However, Tom MCKIBBIN and Luke O’NEILL lost both the 16th and 17th holes to allow the Europeans a late win.

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The Day 1 Jacques Léglise Trophy Foursomes Results (Photo: The R&A / Golfbox)

No hole-by-hole scores were provided by The R&A for the Day 1 Foursomes.

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29th August 2019

The 43rd Jacques Léglise Trophy match between Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) and Continent of Europe will take place at Aldeburgh Golf Club in Suffolk, England on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August.

This annual match is contested by two nine-player U18 boys’ teams. It is essentially a junior equivalent of the biennial men’s St. Andrews Trophy match also played between these two regions.

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy (Photo: European Golf Association) 

2019 Teams

The R&A have selected the following team to represent GB&I: –

Barclay BROWN (18) – England
Archie DAVIES (18) – Wales
Joshua HILL (16) – Ireland
Aaron MARSHALL (18) – Ireland
Tom MCKIBBIN (16) – Ireland
Connor MCKINNEY (17) – Scotland
Luke O’NEILL (18) – England
Joseph PAGDIN (17) – England
Ben SCHMIDT (17) – England

For the third time Scotland’s Stuart WILSON, who won The Amateur Championship in 2004, is GB&I’s Captain.

Four players will be making their GB&I debuts in Suffolk. The remainder of the team, Barclay Brown, Archie Davies, Tom McKibbin, Connor Mckinney and Joe Pagdin, all played last year.

The 2019 Continent of Europe team, selected by the European Golf Association, consists of: –

Matteo CRISTONI – Italy
Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES – Portugal
Loïc ETTLIN – Switzerland
Charles LARCELET – France
Alvaro MUELLER-BAUMGART LUCENA – Spain
David PUIG – Spain
Bård Bjørnevik SKOGEN – Norway
Tom VAILLANT – France
Adam WALLIN – Sweden

Europe will be led for the first time by Captain Joachim FOURQUET of France. He succeeds Jeroen Stevens (NED) who captained the team to two wins and a loss during his three year term of office.

Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues, Loïc Ettlin, David Puig, and Adam Wallin all return having played last year in Finland.

Format

Four foursomes games are played each morning.

Singles are then played in the afternoon; eight on Day 1 and nine on Day 2.

As there will be 25 points to play for each team will require 13.0 points to claim outright victory.

Click here to view the – 2019 Jacques Léglise Trophy Start Sheets

Venue

The match will be played on Aldeburgh’s Championship Course. This heathland layout beside the River Alde measures 6,603 yards and, with no par 5’s, plays to a demanding par of 68.

Aldeburgh G.C. was founded in 1884 and is therefore one of the oldest clubs and courses in the world.

It’s original course was laid out by Scottish professionals John Thomson and Willie Fernie. Subsequent changes were made by Willie Park Jnr. and J.H. Taylor in 1907 and finally by Harry Colt and Hugh Alison in 1922.

 4th Green, Aldeburgh G.C. (Photo: aldeburghgreenkeeping.blogspot.com)

The 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy Match

GB&I won the 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy match against Continent of Europe 15.5 – 9.5.

GB&I won three of the four series and halved the other in what was a comprehensive victory.

It was GB&I’s first outright win since 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden, albeit the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch in Scotland did finish in a 12.5 – 12.5 tie.

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The Great Britain and Ireland Team With The Jacques Léglise Trophy

Conor GOUGH, Robin WILLIAMS and Barclay BROWN were the star men for GB&I last year. Gough and Williams won both of their singles and halved their two foursomes games where they played together. Brown won his two singles and one foursomes match.

Click here to view the detailed – 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

Previous Matches

This junior match was first played in 1958 but only became the Jacques Léglise Trophy in 1977 when Jean-Louis Dupont donated a trophy in memory of Jacques Léglise, a former President of both the French Golf Association and the European Golf Association. Leglise was also a past French amateur champion and national team captain.

GB&I won all of the original 9 matches played between 1958 and 1966. Since becoming the Jacques Léglise GB&I have won 29 of the matches with the Continent of Europe claiming 12 victories with one match tied.

Originally played in a single day the match moved to two in 1996.

Click here to view all of the – Jaques Léglise Trophy Historic Results

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy – 2018 Preview, Reports & Results

1st September 2018

Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) today won the 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy match against Continent of Europe 15.5 – 9.5.

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The Great Britain and Ireland Team With The Jacques Léglise Trophy

GB&I won three of the four series and halved the other in a comprehensive victory.

Conor GOUGH, Robin WILLIAMS and Barclay BROWN were the star men for GB&I.

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Having last secured an outright win in 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden this will hopefully prove to be a confidence booster for the young GB&I team, some of whom may feature in next year’s Walker Cup match.

Click here to view the – 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

Afternoon

Pleasingly GB&I sprinted through the finishing line winning the Day 2 Singles 6 -3 against Continent of Europe.

There were wins for Conor GOUGH, Barclay BROWN, Robin WILLIAMS, Max HOPKINS and Joe PAGDIN. Mark POWER and Tom MCKIBBIN halved their games.

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The Day 2 Singles Results (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

Morning

GB&I led Continent of Europe 7.5 – 4.5 after Day 1 but with 13 points to play for today the match was far from over.

However, by halving the Day 2 Foursomes 2 – 2 GB&I took a giant step to securing victory.

Proceedings didn’t start well for GB&I with Barclay BROWN and Joe PAGDIN losing their first ever Foursomes game. Daniel Da COSTA RODRIGUES and Saku TUUSA didn’t have to do a great deal to win as the two Englishman simply never got going.

Conor GOUGH and Robin WILLIAMS, 2Up with 3 holes to play, appeared to have a win in the bag but a bogey on 16 and two birdies on the finishing holes by their opponents, Adam WALLIN and Loïc ETTLIN, meant in the end they did well to secure a half.

Like Brown and Pagdin the Dutch pair of Kiet VAN DER WEELE and Jerry JI found the going tough this morning. Mark POWER and Max HOPKINS exacting revenge for their defeat to the same pair yesterday without having to overly exert themselves.

The final game of the series between Archie DAVIES and Connor MCKINNEY and Spain’s Eduard Rousaud SABATE and David PUIG ended in a half. Looking at the scores neither pair’s played particularly well with both cards showing plenty of bogeys and as such a half seems a fair result from afar.

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The Day 2 Foursomes Results (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

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31st August 2018

Afternoon

GB&I will take a 3-point lead into Day 2 of the Jaques Léglise Trophy match.

Having edged the Foursomes in the morning they secured a 5 – 3 series win in the afternoon Singles.

There were wins for Mark POWER, Robin WILLIAMS, Connor MCKINNEY, Conor GOUGH and Barclay BROWN.

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The Day 1 Singles Results (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

Morning

GB&I won the Day 1 Foursomes series 2.5 – 1.5.

There were wins for the ‘unbeatable’ partnership of Barclay BROWN and Joe PAGDIN as well as new pairing Tom MCKIBBIN and Archie DAVIES.

The Sheffield-born pair enhanced their foursomes record, which now reads P4 W4, by overcoming Loïc ETTLIN and Adam WALLIN 4&3 in the opening game.

The session looked like it may finish even better for GB&I but in the end McKibbin and Davies were the only other pairing to get over the line. Robin WILLIAMS and Conor GOUGH bravely birdied the last to secure a half having lost control of their game on the back nine.

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30th August 2018

The 51st Jacques Léglise Trophy match between Great Britain & Ireland and Continent of Europe will take place at Kytäjä Golf in Finland on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September.

This annual match is contested by two nine-player U18 boys’ teams. It is essentially a junior equivalent of the biennial men’s St. Andrews Trophy match.

The two teams are selected by The R&A and the European Golf Association.

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy (Photo: European Golf Association) 

2018 Teams

The European team is: –

Eemil ALAJÄRVI                                 Finland
Daniel DA COSTA RODRIGUES         Portugal
Loïc ETTLIN                                         Switzerland
Jerry JI                                                 Netherlands
David PUIG                                          Spain
Eduard ROUSAUD SABATE               Spain
Saku TUUSA                                        Finland
Kiet VAN DER WEELE                        Netherlands
Adam WALLIN                                     Sweden

Europe will be led by Non-Playing Captain Jeroen STEVENS. The Dutchman will be looking to win the Trophy for the third straight year after victories at Prince’s G.C. in 2016 and Ballybunion in 2017.

Eduard Rousaud Sabate is the only returning player from last year’s winning European team.

GB&I will be represented this year by: –

Barclay BROWN (17)                          England
Archie DAVIES (17)                             Wales
Conor GOUGH (15)                             England
Max HOPKINS (15)                              England
Tom MCKIBBIN (15)                            Ireland
Connor MCKINNEY (16)                     Scotland
Joseph PAGDIN (16)                           England
Mark POWER (18)                               Ireland
Robin WILLIAMS (16)                         England

Scotland’s Stuart WILSON, who won The Amateur Championship in 2004, is GB&I’s Non-Playing Captain.

Seven players will be making their GB&I debuts in Finland. Mark Power and Robin Williams both played in 2017.

Format

Four foursomes games are played each morning.

Singles are then played in the afternoon; eight on Day 1 and nine on Day 2.

Here are the draws for the Day 1 Foursomes and Singles play: –

img_9892.jpgimg_9900.jpgThe Day 1 Foursomes and Singles Draw (Photo: European Golf Association / Golfbox)

Venue

Finland’s No. 1 rated course is hosting this year’s Jacques Léglise Trophy match.

The South East Course at the Kytäjä Golf resort is located on the outskirts of Hyvinkää, about 20 miles north of Helsinki.

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 Kytäjä Golf’s South East Course (Photo: http://www.golfpiste.com)

It was designed by Canadian architect Thomas McBroom and opened in 2003.

The course is set on undulating land and whilst by no means tight there are tall pine trees and water hazards in play on many holes. It measures 6,965 yards and plays to a par of 71.

Previous Matches

This junior match was first played in 1958 but only became the Jacques Léglise Trophy in 1977 when Jean-Louis Dupont donated a trophy in memory of Jacques Léglise, a former President of both the French Golf Association and the European Golf Association. Leglise was also a past French amateur champion and national team captain.

Originally played in a single day it moved to two in 1996.

Last year the Continent of Europe beat GB&I 15.5 – 9.5 at Ballybunion in Ireland.

Click here to view the – 2017 Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

GB&I last won the match in 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden, albeit the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch in Scotland finished in a 12.5 – 12.5 tie.

GB&I has won 37, or if you exclude the pre-Jacques Léglise contests 28, matches overall, with the Continent of Europe claiming 12 victories with one match tied.

Here are the results from all of the previous matches: –

2017     Ballybunion (Old Course), Ireland        Continent of Europe      15.5 – 9.5

2016     Prince’s, England                                  Continent of Europe      13.5 – 11.5

2015     Royal Dornoch, Scotland                      GB&I retain                   12.5 – 12.5

2014     Barsebäck, Sweden                              GB&I                            12.5 – 11.5

2013     Royal St David’s, Wales                         GB&I                              15 – 9

2012     Portmarnock, Ireland                             Continent of Europe     13.5 – 10.5

2011     Neguri, Spain                                        GB&I                             14.5 – 9.5

2010     Castelconturbia, Italy                            Continent of Europe      15.5 – 8.5

2009     Ganton, England                                   GB&I                            14.5 – 9.5

2008     Kingsbarns, Scotland                            GB&I                            14 -10

2007     Notts, England                                       GB&I                            13.5 – 10.5

2006     Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic        Continent of Europe      19.5 – 4½

2005     Royal Porthcawl, Wales                          Continent of Europe      14 – 10

2004     Nairn, Scotland                                      GB&I                            14.5 – 9.5

2003     Lahinch, Ireland                                     GB&I                            16.5 – 7.5

2002     Lausanne, Switzerland                           GB&I                            14 – 10

2001     Chantilly, France                                     Continent of Europe    16 – 8

2000     Turnberry, Scotland                                GB&I                            16 – 8

1999     Burnham & Berrow, England                  GB&I                            15 – 9

1998     Villa d’Este, Italy                                     GB&I                            14 – 10

1997     Royal Aberdeen, Scotland                     Continent of Europe      12.5 – 11.5

1996     Woodhall Spa, England                         Continent of Europe      13 – 11

1995     Dunbar, Scotland                                   GB&I                            9 – 6

1994     Little Aston, England                              GB&I                            12.5 – 2.5

1993     Glenbervie, Scotland                             GB&I                            8 – 7

1992     Royal Mid-Surrey, England                    GB&I                            8 – 7

1991     Montrose, Scotland                               GB&I                            6.5 – 5.5

1990     Hunstanton, England                             GB&I                            10 – 2

1989     Nairn, Scotland                                      GB&I                            7.5 – 4.5

1988     Formby, England                                   GB&I                            9.5 – 2.5

1987     Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland           GB&I                            7.5 – 4.5

1986     Seaton Carew, England                         Continent of Europe      8.5 – 3.5

1985     Royal Burgess, Scotland                       GB&I                            7.5 – 4.5

1984     Royal Porthcawl, Wales                         GB&I                            6.5 – 5.5

1983     Glenbervie, Scotland                             GB&I                            6.5 – 5.5

1982     Burnham & Berrow, England                  GB&I                            11 – 1

1981     Gullane, Scotland                                  GB&I                            8 – 4

1980     Formby, England                                   GB&I                            7 – 5

1979     Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland           GB&I                            9.5 – 2.5

1978     Seaton Carew, England                         Continent of Europe      7 – 6

1977     Downfield, Scotland                              Continent of Europe      7 – 6

1967-1976     No matches played

1966     Moortown, England                               GB&I                            10 – 2

1965     Gullane, Scotland                                  GB&I                            12 – 1

1964     Formby, England                                   GB&I                            12 – 1

1963     Prestwick, Scotland                               GB&I                            12 – 3

1962     Royal Mid-Surrey, England                    GB&I                            11 – 4

1961     Dalmahoy, Scotland                              GB&I                            11 – 4

1960     Olton, England                                      GB&I                            8 – 7

1959     Pollok, Scotland                                    GB&I                            7 – 2

1958     Moortown, England                               GB&I                            11.5 – 0.5

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