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 2016 St Andrews match between Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe was tied at 12½-12 ½ at Prince’s Kent.
GB&I retained the trophy as holders following their win at Barsebäck, Sweden in 2014.
Craig Watson, Captain, Great Britain and Ireland, said, “I’m absolutely delighted with the result, especially after yesterday’s 4-0 result in the first session. It was always going to be difficult and the boys were disappointed to only draw 4-4 in yesterday afternoon’s matches.
“We got off to a good start today and the boys dug in well with a tremendous performance after being four down and knowing we had to take something into this afternoon. We continued where we left off and the boys were brilliant."
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.