St Andrews Trophy
In 1955 The R&A suggested to the European Golf Association that there should be an international match between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe. The first match was played at Wentworth and the series has continued on a biennial basis in non- Walker Cup years. The first encounter was a resounding success for the home team, but in recent years, playing alternately home and away the Continental teams have recorded victories. The St Andrews Trophy was presented by The R&A in 1963.
The GB&I team defeated their counterparts from the Continent of Europe 14-10 to win the biennial St Andrews Trophy for the first time since 2008.
Trailing by 10-6 going into the afternoon singles on the final day, the Continent of Europe knew they had to produce something special to defend the St Andrews Trophy and they got off to the ideal start when Portugal’s Joao Carlota won the opening game by 2&1 against the previously unbeaten Ashley Chesters.
They led in several matches for much of the afternoon but Ireland’s Paul Dunne settled the nerves with a 4&3 win over Mathias Eggenberger from Switzerland. Amateur Champion Bradley Neil and Irishman Gary Hurley were able to produce late flourishes to win their games against Slovenia’s Tim Gornik and Daniel Berna from Spain to seal a memorable victory for GB&I.
The St Andrews Trophy is the biennial equivalent of the annual Jacques Leglise Trophy for men. Both matches comprise four morning foursomes followed by eight afternoon singles on two consecutive days.