English trio in GB&I team for Jacques Leglise Trophy

Three England boys’ squad players have been named in the GB&I team to face Continental Europe in next week’s Jacques Leglise Trophy.

The new R&A Boys’ Amateur champion Jack Bigham has, unsurprisingly, capped a great week by making the nine-strong selection.

Another top pick was Essex’s Harley Smith (main image), winner of both the Carris and McGregor trophies.

And Dubai-based Josh Hill (pictured below)  who claimed top-ten finishes this season at the St Andrews Links Trophy and English Men’s Amateur, completes the English connection.

All three boys helped a mixed England junior squad win the Home International series earlier this month at Woodhall Spa.

The GB&I boys’ squad will take on the cream of continental Europe at Falsterbo Golf Club, Sweden from 27–28 August.

Scotland’s Cameron Adam has been appointed as playing captain of the side, with the team being managed by Chris King.

The side is aiming to win back the trophy after losing at Aldeburgh in 2019.

GB&I squad:

  • Cameron Adam (18, captain) – Royal Burgess, Scotland
  • Daniel Bullen (16) – Auchterarder, Scotland
  • Jack Bigham (17) – Harpenden, England (pictured below)
  • Archie Finnie (16) – Royal Burgess, Scotland
  • Connor Graham (14) – Blairgowrie, Scotland
  • Josh Hill (17) – Trump International Dubai, England
  • Joshua Hill (18) – Galgorm Castle, Ireland
  • Ruben Lindsay (17) –  Turnberry, Scotland
  • Harley Smith (16) – The Rayleigh Club, England

Adam said: “It is a great honour to be named as captain of Great Britain and Ireland and I am very much looking forward to leading the team against the Continent of Europe as we aim to win back the trophy.

“We know that it will be a close match but we have a talented group of players who have delivered excellent results this season and so we are confident of our chances next week.”

GB&I last won the match in 2018 at Kytäjä Golf, Finland thanks to a 15½-9½ triumph, with the Continent of Europe winning the previous two matches at Ballybunion and Prince’s.

Since the Jacques Leglise Trophy was first contested in 1958, GB&I has won 29 matches overall with the Continent of Europe claiming 13 victories with one match tied.

The format for the Jacques Leglise Trophy is four foursomes matches each morning with eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 27 August and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 28 August.

 

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