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INTERNATIONAL MATCH FOR THE ST ANDREWS TROPHY AND BOYS INTERNATIONAL MATCH FOR THE JACQUES LEGLISE TROPHY

GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND V THE CONTINENT OF EUROPE FRIDAY 30TH JUNE AND SATURDAY 1ST JULY

 

Almost forty years after it staged the Walker Cup, the Ailsa Course at Turnberry will again be the setting for top-class amateur team golf next month when it plays host to both the St Andrews Trophy and the Jacques Leglise Trophy. 

Back in 1963, British and Irish golf did not have much to cheer about as the United States won a ninth consecutive Walker Cup – but the current outlook is much brighter for both home sides in the run-up to their meeting with the Continent of Europe. 

Should the CB&I men win the biennial St Andrews Trophy, they would be holders of all three major amateur team trophies for the first time since 1989, following their victories in the Eisenhower Trophy in Chile in 1998 and in the Walker Cup at Nairn last September.  Furthermore should the CB&I boys beat their continental counterparts in the Jacques Legise Trophy, it would be a third consecutive victory in the annual fixture following a 14-10 success at Villa d’Este in Italy in 1998 and 15-9 win at Burnham & Berrow last year. 

For the men, the desire to win is further heightened by the fact that the continent of Europe are the holders of the St Andrews Trophy, having won 14-10 in the last match played alongside the boys at Villa d’Este two years ago.  The match was Peter McEvoy’s first as Captain of any CB&I team and although the former Amateur Champion got off to a disappointing start, he has more than made up for it since and will be doubly keen to get his hands on the one trophy which has eluded him thus far. 

The 2000 St Andrews Trophy team might well feature several tried and trusted internationals including Englishmen Luke Donald and Paul Casey, both of whom returned 100% records in last year’s Walker Cup match, and who are currently ranked amongst the top collegiate players in the United States. 

Also still available from the Nairn team are the evergreen Gary Wolstenholme, his foursomes partner on that occasion Philip Rowe and Scotland’s David Patrick.  This threesome, along with Welshman Craig Williams and Irishman Gary Cullen, have already tasted international success this year when they were part of a European select which beat their Asia-Pacific counterparts by 20 points to 12 in Madrid to win the Michael Bonallack Trophy. 

The matches, on Friday June 30th and Saturday June 1st, will be played on a links redesigned by eminent golf architect Mackenzie Ross after its destruction in World War II.  The task was hard but the success was recognised with the subsequent awarding of three Open and three Amateur Championships to the Ailsa Course. 

Admission for spectators is free of charge.