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 St. Andrews Trophy – 2016 Preview and Results

21st July 2016

Click here to view the complete – MATCH RESULTS

David BOOTE bravely pared the 18th hole at Prince’s Golf Club this evening to secure the point which enabled Great Britain & Ireland to half the match 12.5-12.5.

As the holders the draw was good enough to ensure GB&I retained the St. Andrews Trophy they won in Sweden back in 2014.

Given they started the day 4-8 down to the Continent of Europe they will surely view the final score as a moral victory if not exactly a numerical one.

Great Britain & Ireland Retain The St. Andrews Trophy (Photo: Darren Plant) 

GB&I quickly got back on track this morning. Whereas yesterday all four of the foursomes games were lost today was thankfully a totally different story – GB&I winning the series 3.5-1.5. Stuart GREHAN and Scott GREGORY (5&4) led the team out and quickly secured the first point of the day against Italian pair Luca CIANCHETTI and Stefano MAZZOLI. Equally impressive were Grant FORREST and Connor SYME (4&3) who dealt with Matthias SCHWAB and Guido MIGLIOZZI. Jack HUME and David BOOTE were GB&I’s other outright winners.

This afternoon’s singles were again a rollercoaster affair. Just like yesterday GB&I got off to a strong start before Europe pegged them back.

There were crucial early wins for Scott GREGORY (2 holes), Stuart GREHAN (4&3, 7 under par when his match against Luca CIANCHETTI ended on the 15th) and Alfie PLANT (4&3).

Jack HUME was then unlucky to lose to Stefano MAZZOLI (1 hole) who birdied the last 3 holes to turn their game around. After losses for Grant FORREST (2&1) and Jamie BOWER (3&2) Scottish pair Connor SYME and Robert MACINTYRE secured important halves, both birdieing the short 374 yard 16th to draw level before seeing out their matches with pars.

All eyes started to drift to the 8th game in the series – David BOOTE against Ivan CANTERO GUTIERREZ. For much of the afternoon this had appeared a given for GB&I. Boote had got off to a great start which he consolidated with birdies on 12 and 13 to go 4Up with 5 to play. However, the highly rated Cantero Gutierrez refused to lie down and before we knew it birdies for the Spaniard on the 14th and 15th followed by a mistake by Boote on 17 saw the Surrey-based Welshman having to defend a 1Up lead going down 18.

Thankfully the experienced David Boote was up to the task and with the final hole of the game and match halved Captain Craig WATSON could breathe a sigh of relief and the GB&I supporters could begin celebrating.

Here are the updated Individual Team Contributions for the 2016 St. Andrews Trophy: –

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20th July 2016 – Day 2 Draws

DRAW – 21st July – Day 2 Morning Foursomes

For Great Britain & Ireland Grant FORREST has been drafted into the foursomes. He will pair up with Connor SYME in game 3 with Robert MACINTYRE stepping down. Captain Craig WATSON has kept his other pairings unchanged and will give his players the opportunity to redeem themselves in a format that normally favours GB&I.

Unsurprisingly European captain Yves HOFSTETTER has left his foursome pairings well alone.

With both captains tweaking their running orders none of today’s games are repeated. At this stage one can only speculate on what difference this may make to the series result.

DRAW – 21st July – Day 2 Afternoon Singles

All 18 players are competing in the Day 2 singles with no players rested.

The draw has thrown up 3 Day 1 re-matches – Scott GREGORY v. Jeroen KRIETEMEIJER, Stuart GREHAN v. Luca CIANCHETTI and Alfie PLANT v. Mario GALIANO.

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20th July 2016 – Day 1 Report

Day 1 of the St. Andrews trophy proved to be a triumph for the Continent of Europe. They will take an 8-4 advantage into tomorrow’s final day.

DAY 1 RESULTS

Great Britain & Ireland’s new captain Craig WATSON could not have got off to a worse start this morning. His four foursomes pairings all lost, not one able to take their match beyond the 17th hole at Prince’s Golf Club.

GB&I fought back in the singles and for much of the afternoon it looked as if Day 1 parity could be rescued. Scott GREGORY (3&2), Jack HUME (5&4), Connor SYME (5&4) and Stuart GREHAN (6&4) all won to salvage some personal pride.  However, late losses for Grant FORREST (2&1), David BOOTE (3&1), Alfie PLANT (1 hole) and perhaps most notably, given the lead he held, Robert MACINTYRE (1 hole) saw the second series ultimately halved 4-4.

Europe’s Mario GALIANOIvan CANTERO GUTIERREZ, Robin PETERSSON and Matthias SCHWAB will all take 100% unbeaten records into Day 2.

Europe have won only once on GB&I soil in the history of the match – at Portmarnock GC in 2012. With a 4 point lead and needing just 5 more points from a possible 13 they will no doubt go in to tomorrow’s identical series of games in confident mood, optimistic of a 6th victory.

Here is my analysis of the Day 1 Individual Player Contributions: –

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19th July 2016 – Day 1 Draws

The draws for tomorrow’s St. Andrews Trophy foursomes and singles matches were announced this afternoon.

For Great Britain & Ireland Grant FORREST sits out the foursomes on Day 1 whilst Jamie BOWER misses out in the singles. Europe’s Jeroen KRIETEMEIJER has to wait for the afternoon singles for his first competitive action whilst Victor VEYRET will play in just the foursomes.

Here are the Day 1 draw / live scoring links: –

Live Scores

DRAW – 20th July – Day 1 Morning Foursomes

DRAW – 20th July – Day 2 Afternoon Singles

 

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17th July 2016 – Preview

The 31st St. Andrews Trophy is being contested on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July at Prince’s Golf Club in Kent, England.

This amateur men’s team match has been played biennially between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe since 1956. It was originally established by The R&A to give more European countries the chance to play at the highest level and GB&I players more team match play experience for the Walker Cup which is held in alternate years with this event.

The St. Andrews Trophy was put forward for the match by the Royal and Ancient GC of St Andrews in 1963.

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2014 GB&I Team (Photo: R&A / Getty Images)

2016 Teams

Captain Craig WATSON (Scotland) and The R&A announced the nine players to represent GB&I on 10th July. Each player’s Scratch Player’s World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR), as of today, is noted in brackets behind their name and nationality.

David BOOTE, 22, Walton Heath, Wales (33)
Jamie BOWER, 23, Meltham, England (10)
Grant FORREST, 23, Craigielaw, Scotland (11)
Scott GREGORY, 21, Corhampton, England (31)
Stuart GREHAN, 23, Tullamore, Ireland (68)
Jack HUME, 22, Naas, Ireland (8)
Robert MACINTYRE, 19, Glencruitten, Scotland (18)
Alfie PLANT, 24, Sundridge Park, England (51)
Connor SYME, 21, Drumoig, Scotland (15)

Craig HOWIE, 21, Peebles, Scotland and Conor O’ROURKE, 24, Naas, Ireland were named as reserves.

The Europe Team led by non-playing captain Yves HOFSTETTER (Switzerland) was confirmed by the European Golf Association on 15th July. Again current SPWAR’s follow each name and nationality.

Ivan CANTERO GUTIERREZ, Spain (47)
Luca CIANCHETTI, Italy (95)
Mario GALIANO, Spain (71)
Jeroen KRIETEMEIJER, Netherlands (725)
Stefano MAZZOLI, Italy (76)
Guido MIGLIOZZI, Italy (119)
Robin PETERSSON, Sweden (92)
Matthias SCHWAB, Austria (7)
Victor VEYRET, France (108)

The total SPWAR team score for GB&I is 245 whilst it is 1,340 for Europe. Whilst matches are not won on past form it is clear that GB&I have the greater strength in depth and must therefore start as firm favourites. Home advantage by way of greater links experience may be mitigated this week due to the sunny weather forecast.

Unfortunately the match clashes with the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France on the European Challenge Tour. Ugo COUSSAUD (FRA – 63), Thomas PERROT (FRA – 126) Antoine ROZNER (FRA – 23) and Adrian MERONK (POL – 11) have all been invited to play as amateurs. Good news for GB&I, bad news for Europe.

Match Format 

The St Andrews Trophy format consists of match play foursomes and singles matches.

Wednesday 20th June AM – Foursomes x 4
Wednesday 20th June PM – Singles x 8
Thursday 21st June AM – Foursomes x 4
Thursday 21st June PM – Singles x 9

With a maximum total of 25 points available and one point awarded for each match a team will be required to accumulate 13 points to secure victory. GB&I can of course retain the Trophy by reaching 12.5 points.

Prince’s Golf Club

Prince’s Golf Club is located alongside Royal St. George’s in Sandwich Bay, Kent. Whilst it can’t match the history of it’s illustrious neighbour it is certainly noteworthy in its own right.

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Prince’s Golf Club (Photo: Prince’s Golf Club)

Prince’s most famous moment came in 1932 when it staged the 67th Open Championship, won wire-to-wire by US golfing legend Gene Sarazen.

Following the Second World War, when once again the course was requisitioned by the military for training, Sir Guy Campbell and John Morrison were engaged to to redesign and restore the course.

More recently it has been used as a Local Final Qualifying course for the 2011 Open Championship. It co-hosted The Amateur Championship in 2006 and 2013 and will do so again in 2017. Later this year it will also host the Jacques Leglise Trophy match between the U18 Boy’s of GB&I and Europe.

Since the 1950s Prince’s has had 3 sets of 9 holes, The Shore (3,448 yards), The Dunes (3,432 yards) and The Himalayas (3,201 yards), each playing to a par of 36. The Shore and Dunes are being used for the St. Andrews Trophy.

Weather Forecast

As at Sunday 18th July, 7.00pm the weather forecast looks very good for both the practice and competition days: –

Wed 21st July – Sunny. Wind 17 mph S. Temp. Max. 25°C / Min 16°C.

Thur 22nd July – Sunny. Wind 10 mph W. Temp. Max. 21°C / Min 15°C.

Past Results

To date GB&I have won the St. Andrews Trophy 25 times with Europe having just five wins to their name, albeit two of them came recently in 2010 and 2012. GB&I got back on track in 2014, winning 14-10 at Barsebäck, Sweden.

Here are the historic match results in full: –

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I will of course post links to the live scoring when it becomes available and will add results and player analysis to this article as the match unfolds.

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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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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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