Six England players in GB&I Jacques Leglise team

Toby Briggs

Six England players are included in the Great Britain and Ireland boys’ team to face the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Léglise Trophy match next month. 

They are Toby Briggs of Norfolk (pictured), Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire, Ben Jones and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire, Thomas Plumb of Dorset and Charlie Strickland of Sussex. 
 
The team of nine was announced by The R&A today and the match will be played at Ballybunion in Ireland on Friday and Saturday 1-2 September. The reserve is another England player, Conor Gough of Stoke Park, BB&O. 
 
The GB&I team will be managed for the first time by Stuart Wilson, who won The Amateur Championship in 2004. They will be looking to win back the Jacques Léglise Trophy after the Continent of Europe’s narrow victory by 13 ½ to 11 ½ at Prince’s in Kent last year.
 
GB&I won the matches in 2013 at Royal St David’s and 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden while the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch finished in a tie at 12 ½ – 12 ½. GB&I has won 28 matches overall with the Continent of Europe claiming 11 victories and one match being halved.
 
Four members of the GB&I team return from the 2016 match: Toby Briggs, Alex Fitzpatrick, Mark Power and Charlie Strickland. Strickland won the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the Duncan Putter in April and Power will be full of confidence after retaining his Irish Boys Championship title. 
 
Among the newcomers to the team are Ben Jones and Darren Howie. Jones won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in June while Howie was runner-up in that event and was the leading stroke play qualifier at last week’s Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn.
 
The format for the Jacques Léglise Trophy match is four foursomes ties each morning, eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 1 September and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 2 September.
 
Full team: 
Toby Briggs (17) Dunston Hall, England
Alex Fitzpatrick (18) Hallamshire, England
Luke Harries (18) Tenby, Wales
Darren Howie (17) Peebles, Scotland
Ben Jones (18) Northamptonshire County, England
Thomas Plumb (18) Sherborne, England
Mark Power (17) (Captain) Kilkenny, Ireland
Charlie Strickland (18) Ham Manor, England
Robin Williams (15) Peterborough Milton, England
 
Reserve: Conor Gough (14) Stoke Park, England
 
For scoring and reports from the matches please visit Championships.randa.org
 
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