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The Continent of Europe Wins Jacques Léglise Trophy

The Continent of Europe has won the Jacques Léglise Trophy over Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) at Aldeburgh Golf Club, England.

The visitors entered the second day with a slender 6.5 - 5.5 advantage over their opponents after recovering to win all of the last four singles matches during Friday's second session.

The first point of the day went to the hosts when Benjamin Schmidt, the top-ranked player in the match, and Archie Davies defeated French duo, Tom Vaillant and Charles Larcelet 4&3, drawing the score level at 6.5 points each.

The Continent of Europe replied with a four-hole victory of their own in the second foursomes match on the course: Adam Wallin (SWE) and Loic Ettlin (SUI) defeated Joe Pagdin and GB&I captain, Barclay Brown, by a score of 4&2.

Despite both going down the 18th hole, the final two matches of the session also went in fvaour of the visitors. Bard Skogen (NOR) and Matteo Cristoni (ITA) claimed a two hole victory over Connor McKinney and Aaron Marshall, while Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues (POR) and David Puig (ESP) triumphed by the same scoreline over Tom McKibbin and Joshua Hill, taking the score to Continent of Europe 9.5 - 6.5 Great Britain & Ireland.

Heading into the final session, the Continent of Europe team, captained by Joachim Fourquet (FRA), needed just 3.5 points from the nine singles matches to reclaim the trophy lost to GB&I in Finland last year.

The hosts pulled a point back when Joe Pagdin defeated Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart in the first match of the afternoon, however the GB&I team never looked like they were going to recover the deficit, with the Continent of Europe up in the majority of matches still out on the course. 

The next three points all went to the visitors, Charles Larcelet and Adam Wallin both won 2&1, while Bard Skogen claimed a 4&2 victory in his match, leaving the Continent of Europe within just half a point of winning the trophy for the third time in four years.

Loic Ettlin then won his match with Archie Davies, 4&3, to seal victory for Joachim Fourquet's team. 

David Puig (3&2) and Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues (2&1), who won a point for their team together in the morning foursomes session, both also won their matches to take the final score to Continent of Europe 15.5 - 9.5 Great Britain & Ireland.

"I am very, very proud of my team, they showed a lot of things this afternoon. First of all, they showed that they are not just 16, 17 or 18 years old, they are real players – they know how to manage the course,” said Fourquet.

“It was so different to yesterday afternoon, with the attitude and everything, they played really well this afternoon.

“The thing with the European team is you have 48 hours to create team spirit, it was better and better as the week went on. I could feel it last night, they were all talking and joking so I think today we were a real team, yesterday it was 75 per cent and two days ago it was 50 per cent. The attitude and team spirit was amazing today."

Portugal's Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues, who was part of the losing team in last year's match, was the only player to score four points over the two days, while Norway's Bard Skogen was also undefeated, winning all three of his matches. 

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