The EGA selection committee is delighted to announce a talented line-up of players for the 2022 Continent of Europe Jacques Léglise Trophy Team.
First played in 1958, the Jacques Léglise Trophy is an annual match between the best 18-and-under male amateur players from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) and the Continent of Europe.
Selection to play in the match recognizes the players’ outstanding achievements in their young amateur careers.
Team Continent of Europe will take on GB&I at Blairgowrie Golf Club, Scotland in the 54th edition of the match on 26 and 27 August.
Thijmen Batens (Netherlands)
Marco Florioli (Italy)
Oihan Guillamoundeguy (France)
Tom Haberer (Germany)
Carl Siemens (Germany)
Jorge Siyuan Hao (Spain)
Tim Wiedemeyer (Germany)
William Wistrand (Sweden)
The team, to be joined by a ninth and final selection following The R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship next week, will be captained by Joachim Fourquet. A former French international and Jacques Léglise Trophy player himself, Fourquet will look to captain the team to victory for a third straight time.
“As a former player of this prestigious international match, I am absolutely delighted to be Captain of the Continent of Europe team for a third time.” Said Fourquet ahead of the contest.
“To put on the Continent of Europe shirt is a unique experience. For those having the honour of following in the footsteps of José María Olazábal, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Viktor Hovland, I know that it will be a most fulfilling occasion.”
“The Jacques Léglise Trophy is golf, and sport, at its very best. I look forward to the challenge of Blairgowrie Golf Club and experiencing, with my team, one of the greatest matches of the year.”
Three of the players will be making their second appearance in the match, while the other five selections are rookies. Marco Florioli, Oihan Guillamoundeguy and Tim Wiedemeyer all helped the Continent of Europe to victory at Falsterbo Golfklubb in 2021 and will look to make it two from two in Scotland.
Three players from the German boys’ team that claimed the European title last month also feature in the lineup. Tim Wiedemeyer, Carl Siemens and Tom Haberer will hope to continue their good form at Blairgowrie.
The Continent of Europe has won the last two editions of the match, and will have the chance to secure a third straight victory for the first time in the 64-year history of the contest.
The Great Britain & Ireland team will be announced shortly by The R&A.
ABOUT THE JACQUES LÉGLISE TROPHY
The Jacques Léglise Trophy is an annual junior boys match played between nine-player teams from the Continent of Europe and Great Britain & Ireland.
First played in 1958, the match was dominated by Great Britain & Ireland to such an extent that it was discontinued in 1966. It was rejuvenated in 1977 when Jean-Louis Dupont presented a trophy in memory of Jacques Léglise, a renowned French amateur champion and former President of both the EGA and the French Golf Federation.
A number of high-profile players have competed on both sides of the match in the past including José María Olazábal, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland.
The match takes places over two days, with four foursomes matches on both mornings, eight singles matches on the afternoon of the first day, and nine singles matches on the afternoon of the second day. With 25 total points on offer, 13 points are needed to secure victory.
The Continent of Europe team is selected by the EGA, while the GB&I side is selected by The R&A.