The EGA selection committee has confirmed the first eight players of the 2021 Continent of Europe Jacques Léglise Trophy Team.
The Jacques Léglise Trophy is an annual match between the best U18 boys from Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe. Selection to play in the match recognizes the players’ outstanding achievements in the amateur game.
Team Continent of Europe will take on Great Britain & Ireland at Falsterbo Golfklubb, Sweden, on 27 and 28 August.
Tiger CHRISTENSEN (GER)
Marco FLORIOLI (ITA)
Oihan GUILLAMOUNDEGUY (FRA)
Yannick MALIK (GER)
Flavio MICHETTI (ITA)
Jaime MONTOJO (SPA)
Daniel SVÄRD (SWE)
Tim WIEDEMEYER (GER)
The players will be joined by one further selection following in the next two weeks.
The team will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm who have all formerly represented the Continent of Europe in the match.
Joachim Fourquet, a former French international team player, will look to captain the team to victory for a second time, having led the winning Continent of Europe team in 2019.
“As a former player of this prestigious international match, I am honoured to represent the Continent of Europe for the second time as captain." said Fourquet.
"I am confident in the team we have selected, which includes highly talented players who have shown great form in national and international championships throughout the season."
"There is little doubt that the GB&I team will be highly competitive, but I know that my players will give it their all to win the trophy. I look forward to the challenge of Falsterbo Golfklubb and experiencing, with my team, one of the greatest matches of the year.”
The match will be held for the first time in two years, following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sides have been closely matched in recent years. Both teams have won five of the last 11 editions, with one match tied. The Continent of Europe will look to retain the trophy, having won the match at Aldeburgh Golf Club in 2019.
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 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.