The EGA selection committee is pleased to announce the ninth player of the 2021 Continent of Europe Jacques Léglise Trophy team.
Riccardo Fantinelli has been selected to represent the Continent of Europe in the match against Great Britain & Ireland at Falsterbo Golfklubb on 27 and 28 August.
The Italian, who lives and studies in England, has shown strong form this summer with runner-up finishes in The R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship and the Carris Trophy.
Fantinelli will join eight players selected last month including compatriots Flavio Michetti and Marco Florioli.
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.
The Continent of Europe will face Great Britain & Ireland, whose team was announced earlier this week, for the first time in two years following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
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.