Chesters and birthday boy Evans help Europe lift Bonallack Trophy

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Europe’s top amateurs completed their fourth successive victory in the event and their sixth in eight meetings when they beat Asia/Pacific 17½ – 14½ on the final day of the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India.

In a tough encounter over the KGA Course in Bangalore, Europe went into the third and final day’s 12 singles with a five point lead and despite losing the session 5-7, held on for a comfortable victory.

The two England team members, Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) played their part. Paired together in the fourballs and foursomes, they suffered just one defeat, while Evans, who celebrated his 27th birthday on the second day, cruised to a 6&4 success in his singles.

On the final day, Europe, with players from nine different nations, required just four wins from the 12 singles but Asia/Pacific sparked a comeback by winning four of the first six encounters.

However, Europe was not to be denied and it was Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan who saw them over the line when he beat Karan Taunk of India 2&1.

Chesters was first out in the singles against the powerful Geoff Drakeford of Australia. The Shropshire man led early on but Drakeford hit back with five birdies to take the point with a 1-hole victory.

But that point was soon countered when Evans turned in a powerful performance to beat another Australian, Taylor MacDonald 6 & 4. The match was decided around the turn when Evans birdied three successive holes from the eighth, ran in an eagle at the 11th and then birdied the 12th.

“I could have done better,” said MacDonald, “but Ryan was just too good. Once he got into his incredible birdie streak from the eighth, I couldn’t make a comeback.”

A delighted Andy Morgan from Wales, Europe’s non-playing captain, said: “It was a tough battle and our players had to fight really hard. Asia/Pacific played really well today and the match looked close a number of times during the day.

“The best part about this tournament was that all 13 of us came to Bangalore as individuals and travel back to our respective countries as one team. These boys will never forget this tremendous experience no matter what else they go on to achieve in their careers.”

Day One: Fourballs: Europe 2 Asia/Pacific 3. Foursomes: Europe 4 Asia/Pacific 1
Day Two: Fourballs: Europe 4 Asia/Pacific 1. Foursomes: Europe 2½ Asia/Pacific 2½
Day Three: Singles: Europe 5 Asia/Pacific 7