The Jacques Léglise Trophy – 2021 Preview & Results

28th August 2021 

Continent of Europe won the The 44th Jacques Léglise Trophy match against Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) at Falsterbo Golfklubb in Sweden.

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Continent of Europe Team (Photo: European Golf Association)

The final score was 16.5-8.5 with the Continent of Europe winning ten points on Day 2 whilst GB&I could only muster three.

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Day 2 Scoreboard (Graphic: European Golf Association / Golfbox) 

Continent of Europe won the Saturday Singles 6.5-2.5 to complete a comprehensive victory over GB&I.

GB&I’s two wins came from Harley SMITH and Cameron ADAM with Joshua HILL earning a half in his game.

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Saturday Afternoon Singles Results (Graphic: European Golf Association / Golfbox) 

Continent of Europe won the Saturday Foursomes series 3.5-0.5 to take control of the Jacques Léglise Trophy match in Sweden.

Jack BIGHAM and Josh HILL secured the half for GB&I.

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Saturday Morning Foursomes Results (Graphic: European Golf Association / Golfbox) 

Click here to view the final – Jacques Léglise Trophy Results

Here is my assessment of the individual performances in the match: –

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Marco FLORIOLI was unbeaten for Continent of Europe winning all three of the games he was selected for. Tim WIEDEMEYER played all four series, wining three games and halving his Day 1 Singles. Oihan GUILLAMOUNDEGUY was the only European player to win both of their Singles. 

Harley SMITH and Cameron ADAM were the two GB&I players to come out of the match with a positive record, winning three and two of their games respectively. Smith enhanced his growing reputation by winning both of his Singles.

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27th August 2021

Continent of Europe lead Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) by 6.5-5.5 at the end of the opening day at Falsterbo Golfklubb in Sweden.

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Day 1 Scoreboard (Graphic: European Golf Association / Golfbox) 

It was a better afternoon for GB&I who took the Friday Singles 4.5-3.5 to reduce Continent of Europe’s lead to a more manageable one point. Ruben LINDSAY, Harley SMITH, Archie FINNIE and Cameron ADAM delivered wins whilst Joshua HILL halved the final match.

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Friday Afternoon Singles Results (Graphic: European Golf Association / Golfbox) 

Continent of Europe won the Friday Foursomes series 3-1 to take an early advantage in the Jaques Léglise Trophy match against GB&I.

On a tough morning for GB&I Daniel BULLEN and Harley SMITH were the sole winners for the away side.  

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Friday Morning Foursomes Results (Graphic: European Golf Association / Golfbox) 

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24th August 2021

The 44th Jacques Léglise Trophy match between Continent of Europe and Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) will take place at Falsterbo Golfklubb, Sweden on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th August.

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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.

The 2020 match, which was due to be played at Blairgowrie GC last August, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I will be updating this article with daily reports during the match.

2021 Teams

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

Cameron ADAM (18, Playing Captain) – Scotland
Daniel BULLEN (16) – Scotland
Jack BIGHAM (17) – England
Archie FINNIE (16) – Scotland
Connor GRAHAM (14) – Scotland
Josh HILL (17) – England
Joshua HILL (18) – Ireland 
Ruben LINDSAY (17) – Scotland
Harley SMITH (16) – England

Wales’ Chris KING, GB&I’s Boys’ Captain / Manager, will finally take charge of his first event. He succeeds Stuart Wilson (SCO) who stepped up to be the GB&I Men’s Captain in 2020.

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2021 GB&I and Continent of Europe Teams (Photo: European Golf Association)

The 2021 Continent of Europe team, selected by the European Golf Association, consists of: –

Tiger CHRISTENSEN – Germany
Riccardo FANTINELLI – Italy
Marco FLORIOLI – Italy
Oihan GUILLAMOUNDEGUY – France
Yannick MALIK – Germany
Flavio MICHETTI – Italy
Jaime MONTOJO – Spain
Daniel SVÄRD – Sweden
Tim WIEDEMEYER – Germany

Europe will be led for the second time by Captain Joachim FOURQUET of France. He succeeded Jeroen Stevens (NED) who captained the team to two wins and a loss during his three year term of office between 2016-2018.

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The Jacques Léglise Trophy (Photo: European Golf Association) 

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.

Venue

Falsterbo GK is a links course set in a nature reserve beside the Baltic Sea on the south west tip of Sweden.

The club was established in 1909 with the current course opened in 1930. It plays to around 6,650 yards with water hazards featuring on a number of holes. 

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  Falsterbo Golfklubb (Photo: Falsterbo GK )

Weather

The current weather forecast suggests cloudy conditions with moderate winds can be expected.

Friday 27th August – Cloudy, PM Showers / Wind 14 mph N / Temp. Min. 14°C, Max. 17°C.
Saturday 28th August – Cloudy, PM Showers / Wind 14 mph N / Temp. Min. 14°C, Max. 18°C.

The 2019 Jacques Léglise Trophy Match

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.

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.

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Continent of Europe Team (Photo: @EGA_golf)

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

Previous Matches

A junior match was first played between 1958 and 1966 with GB&I winning all of them.

After a short break it was re-instated to the amateur calendar in 1977 as the Jacques Léglise Trophy. Jean-Louis Dupont donated the new 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.

Since becoming the Jacques Léglise GB&I have won 29 of the matches with the Continent of Europe claiming 13 victories with the 2015 match tied. Surprisingly nine of Europe’s wins have been in away matches.

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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Brabazon Trophy – 2021 Preview & Results

22nd August 2021

Left hander Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) from the Hallowes G.C. in Dronfield, south of Sheffield, won the 2021 Brabazon Trophy at Ganton G.C. with a 273 (-11) total.

The biggest win of his amateur career was built on consistency. His four under par rounds included 18 birdies and just seven bogeys over the 72 holes.

Talking to England Golf afterwards he said “It means a lot. I’ve been feeling like a win has been coming this year. To do it in my last big event feels really good. It’s very special – especially in Yorkshire. I had a lot of people out there supporting me which was nice.”

Bairstow’s victory lifted him to 32nd in the updated Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.

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Sam Bairstow’s 72 Hole Scores (Graphic: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

Zach CHEGWIDDEN (ENG) kept Bairstow honest with a best of the week 64 in the final round which included seven unblemished birdies.

Having won the Berkshire Trophy back in June the Essex man secured The Philip Scruton Jug, awarded to the player returning the best aggregate scores in The Brabazon Trophy and The Berkshire Trophy, with ease.

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Zach Chegwidden’s Round 4 Scores (Graphic: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

The Final Round commenced at 8.00am after a 30 minute delay due to heavy overnight rain.

At the close of play only 10 players were able to finish the Championship with under par scores.

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Leading Brabazon Trophy Results (Graphic: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

Frank KENNEDY (ENG) and Josh HILL (ENG), who both finished on 285 (+1), shared The George Henriques Salver awarded to the leading GB&I player(s) in the Championship under the age of 20.

Click here to view the full – 2021 Brabazon Trophy Results

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21st August 2021

Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) will take a 5-shot lead into the fourth round of the Brabazon Trophy after a 69 on Saturday afternoon. For the third day running the Yorkshire player recorded five birdies in his round and now looks down on the field with a 204 (-9) total.

Joshua BRISTOW (ENG) is his nearest challenger on -4 after a 69 in Round 3. It was the Kent player’s steadiest round of the Championship with three birdies offset by a single bogey on the 6th.

Charlie THORNTON (ENG), another local player with some experience of the course, moved up to 3rd place on -3 after a 66, the lowest round of the day.

Arron EDWARDS-HILL (ENG), Sam POTTER (ENG) and Zach CHEGWIDDEN (ENG) are all tied 4th on 211 (-2). Edwards-Hill shot a 67 which included 6 straight birdies on the 9th to 14th holes whilst Potter, who leads The George Henriques Salver Under 20 competition, followed him up the leaderboard with a 67.

At the end of 54 holes there were just eight players left under par at Ganton.

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Leading Brabazon Trophy Round 3 Scores (Graphic: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

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20th August 2021

Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) moved into a 2-shot lead after a second round 69. Two late bogeys means his lead could have been even bigger but I am sure he is pleased with his position at the halfway stage.

Harvey BYERS (ENG) -5 and Zach CHEGWIDDEN (ENG) -4 lead the chasing pack after posting a 69 and 71 respectively.

James HYDES (NZL), who won last week’s Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, bounced back impressively from his first round 79 with a 67 to comfortably make the cut on +4. Callum BRUCE (SCO) also shot a 67  to haul himself up the leaderboard after a disappointing 77 on Thursday. He’ll start the third round in 21st place on +2.

At the end of Friday, which proved to be a tougher scoring day, just nine players remained under par.

64 players ultimately made the top 60 and ties 36 hole cut which fell at +6. They can all now look forward to another two rounds at Ganton over the weekend.

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Leading Brabazon Trophy Round 2 Scores (Graphic: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

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19th August 2021

Matt ROBERTS (WAL) made a great start at Ganton recording eight birdies in his opening round of 65 -6.

Local player Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) is one shot further back after he produced a bogey free 66 -5.

Zach CHEGWIDDEN (ENG), winner of the Berkshire Trophy earlier his summer, is 3rd after a roller-coaster 67 -4 which saw him offset eight birdies with four bogeys.

At the end of the day just 14 of the 132 players broke par around the difficult Yorkshire course.

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Leading Brabazon Trophy Round 1 Scores (Graphic: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

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15th August 2021

The 75th English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy will be played at Ganton Golf Club between Thursday 19th and Sunday 22nd August.

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Ganton Golf Club (Photo: Ganton Golf Club )

Format

The competition consists of 72 holes of stroke play golf with 18 holes being played each day.

A 36 hole cut will take place with only the leading 60 competitors and ties progressing to the two remaining rounds.

In the event of a tie for the Championship there will be a sudden death play off.

Field

A final field of 132 has been set for the 2021 Championship.

The majority of the field are exempt with starting places offered to a number of national golf federations and to those players who have performed well in other recent Championships.

The leading players, all from England, are Callan BARROW, Sam BAIRSTOW, Jack BROOKS, Jack DYER, Arron EDWARDS-HILL, John GOUGH, Olly HUGGINS, Haider HUSSAIN and Laird SHEPHERD.

The continuing impact on travel of the COVID-19 pandemic means only a handful of overseas entries are competing. The commencement of the US college academic year and the playing of the Jacques Léglise Trophy next week in Sweden have also damaged the field. The latter means that Jack BIGHAM, winner of The R&A Boys’ Amateur last weekend, and Harley SMITH, winner of the U16 McGregor Trophy and U18 Carris Trophy will sadly both be missing.

Three regional qualifying tournaments have been staged in recent weeks to determine the remainder of the field.

Southern – Brokenhurst Manor G.C. on 3rd August
Medalist – Riccardo Fantinelli (ITA) 63 -7
Qualifiers (24)- Riccardo Fantinelli, Tom Stagg, Reis Suart, Craig Passmore, Ollie Brimfield, James Ellis, Luke Spooner, Max Shirvell, Harry Uzzell, Connor O’Brien, Finlay Szafnauer, Ryan Greenwood, George Johnson, William Green, Ben Quick, Andrew Issacs, Charlie Salter, Lewis Beer, Jacob Kelso, Harvey Byers, Jay Scott, Joseph McDonagh-Brown, Kipp Popert and Rocky Chapman

Midland – Spalding G.C. on 10th August
Medalist – Sam Potter (ENG) 67 -5
Qualifiers (19) – Sam Potter, Hugo Kedzlie, Joel Smith, Andres Acevedo, Ross Macintosh, Sam Hessian, Jordan Boulton, Stuart Easton, Lewis Phillips, Harry Glenn, Max Hayward, Daniel McEvoy, Joshua Austin-Tierney, Harry Coe, Jack Remblance, Alex Ford, Louis Sanders, Jack Diment and Shaun Marshall 

Northern – The Oaks GC on 12th August
Medalist – Harry Lord (ENG) 64 -8
Qualifiers (30) – Harry Lord, Thomas Harbord, Andrew Benson, Jamie Roberts, Ryan Tatton, Harry Lee, James Swash, Callum Bruce, George Mason, Dominic Barron Holden, Jack Lampkin, Jamie Gregory, Thomas Pyman, Charlie Daughtrey, Ben Brookes, Max Berrisford, Tom Etridge, Ryan Owen, Andrew Ni, Max Baxendale, Oliver White, Jack McPhail, Tom Hughes, Ben Rhodes, James Stewart, James Holland, Fred Tisdale, Nick Raybould, Will Wilkinson and George Ash

Click here and use the three filters to view the full – Qualifying Results

Tee Times

Click here to view the – 2021 Brabazon Trophy Tee Times

Play will be starting at 7.00am on the opening two days with the final tee time being 2.40pm.

Prizes

The Winner receives the magnificent gold Brabazon Trophy shown in the photo below.

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The Champion’s Prize and Brabazon Trophy (Photo: Golf Bible)

Prize vouchers will be awarded to those players finishing in the top five.

Two other prizes are connected to the Brabazon Trophy competition.

The George Henriques Salver is awarded to the leading GB&I player in the Championship under the age of 20.

The Philip Scruton Jug is awarded to the player returning the best aggregate scores in The Brabazon Trophy and The Berkshire Trophy.

Ganton Golf Club

Ganton G.C. is located in the Vale of Pickering in Yorkshire, 10 miles inland from Scarborough.

The Club was founded in 1891 and Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, James Braid, JH Taylor, Harry Colt and Alistair Mackenzie all had a hand in the development of the course in the early 1900’s.

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Ganton G.C. Aerial Photo (Photo: Ganton G.C.)

The Championship course is well known for it’s deep bunkers, gorse and fir trees and plays to 7,016 yards and a challenging par of 71.

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Ganton G.C. Scorecard (Photo: Ganton G.C.)

The course has hosted the Ryder Cup (1949), the Amateur Championship (1964, 1977, 1991), the Curtis Cup (2000) and the Walker Cup (2003) in its illustrious history.

Weather Forecast

The weather is looking largely dry at the moment, albeit with little sun, with fresh breezes picking up throughout the week.

Thur 19th Aug – Light Cloud / Wind 8 mph W / Temp. Min. 13°C, Max. 18°C.
Fri 20th Aug – Light Cloud / Wind 10 mph SE / Temp. Min. 14°C, Max. 18°C.
Sat 21st Aug – Light Cloud / Wind 14 mph SE / Temp. Min. 15°C / Min 19°C.
Sun 22nd Aug – Light Rain Showers / Wind 17 mph E / Temp. Min. 14°C / Max. 19°C.

2020 Brabazon Trophy

David RAVETTO (FRA) won the 2020 Brabazon Trophy at Sherwood Forest G.C.

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David Ravetto (Photo: Leaderboard Photography / FFGolf)

Ravetto secured the title on the second sudden death play-off hole (the 2nd) with a birdie after he and Christoffer BRING (DEN) and Mark POWER (IRL) couldn’t be separated after 72 holes. Power fell out of the play-off on the 1st extra hole after he could only par it – Bring and Ravetto both birdied.

English pair Barclay BROWN and Jack DYER -8 finished tied for 4th with compatriots Enrique DIMAYUGA and Sam BAIRSTOW one shot further back in tied 6th.

Barclay Brown won The George Henriques Salver, awarded to the leading GB&I player under the age of 20.

Northern Ireland’s Tom MCKIBBIN -6 finished 8th after a consistent tournament, Joe LONG -5 9th delivered another strong result and Jack COPE -4 backed up his English Amateur victory with a tied 10th place alongside Josh BRISTOW from Kent.

Here are the leading scores from 2020: –

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Leading Results (Photo: England Golf / Golf Genius Scoring)

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Recent Results

Click here to view the full: –

Sherwood Forest – 2020 Brabazon Trophy Results

Alwoodley – 2019 Brabazon Trophy Results

Frilford Heath – 2018 Brabazon Trophy Results

Woodhall Spa – 2017 Brabazon Trophy Results

London G.C. – 2016 Brabazon Trophy Results

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History, Past Winners and Records

The English Amateur International Trophy competition was first played in 1947.

In 1957 the official title was changed to the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

The current trophy was donated by Lord Brabazon of Tara in 1948 and the event has come to be widely known as the Brabazon Trophy.

Click here to view the full list of – Brabazon Trophy Past Winners

The first player to successfully defend the title was Ronnie WHITE who won at Birkdale in 1950 and nearby Formby in 1951.

Shortly afterwards Philip SCRUTTON won the Brabazon three times in four years (1952, ‘54 & ‘55).

Sir Michael BONALLACK has four wins to his name. The first came at Royal Cinque Ports in 1964 and the last at Hillside in 1971. At Moortown in 1969, with play-offs having been discarded at this time, he shared the title with Rodney FOSTER.

Other well known British winners of the Brabazon include Gordon Brand Jnr, Sandy Lyle (2), Peter MCEVOY, Ronan Rafferty and Ronnie SHADE(3).

Other notable recent winners include well known pros Ignacio GARRIDO (1992), Peter HANSON (1998) and Charl SCHWARTZEL (2002).

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