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Continent of Europe Lead Junior Vagliano Trophy

The Continent of Europe has taken the lead in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.



After an hour-long weather delay due to fog, Scotland's Grace Crawford hit the opening tee shot of the 2021 match.


The two six-player sides, made up of the best U16 girls from Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe, are competing in the sixth edition of the match play event at Hilversumsche Golf Club in the Netherlands.



Day 1 highlights - 2021 Junior Vagliano Trophy



The first two out of three foursomes matches were closely-contested, with both matches going down the 18th hole.


The first match went the way of the hosts, with Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio (ESP) and Francesca Fiorellini (ITA) coming out on top by one-hole. The second match went to Great Britain & Ireland's Harriet Lockley and Ellen Yates, who put the first point on the board for the visitors, again by a margin of just one hole.


The third and final foursomes match of the morning wasn't as close as the first two, and was decided after just 11 holes. Swedish pair, Meja Örtengren and Nora Sundberg posted a dominant 9&7 victory to give the Continent of Europe a 2-1 lead heading into the second session.


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The Swedish players wasted no time in their matches, going up early and never looking in trouble. Both won their matches on the 15th hole by a margin of 5&3, putting two more points on the board for the Continent of Europe.


The session was tied heading into the back-nine however, with GB&I up in three matches, and the Continent of Europe up in one. Cayetana Fernandez Garcia Poggio halved her match from a losing position, and Helen Briem was able to turn her match around and win by one hole.


Ellen Yates put the only full point on the board for the visitory in the afternoon with a 5&4 victory, whil Francesca Fiorellini won her match 2&1. That meant the Continent of Europe would win the afternoon session 4.5 - 1.5, and take the overall score to 6.5 - 2.5.



The Continent of Europe will need just three points from Saturday's nine matches to secure a sixth straight victory.



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