A record four players from Ireland were selected by Great Britain and Ireland for the Jacques Léglise Trophy at Aldeburgh, England (30-31 August).
Joshua Hill (Galgorm Castle), Aaron Marshall (Lisburn), Tom McKibbin (Holywood) and Luke O’Neill (Connemara) were named in the nine-player team for the annual U18 match against Continent of Europe.
GB&I will be looking to defend the Jacques Léglise Trophy after they won 15.5 -9.5 at Kytäjä Golf in Finland last year. Captain Stuart Wilson has assembled a strong team with five players returning from the 2018 winning line-up, including playing captain Barclay Brown.
Among the newcomers are three Ireland players: Joshua Hill, the 2019 McGregor Trophy champion; Aaron Marshall, the Irish Boys’ Amateur champion; and Luke O’Neill, the German Boys’ Open champion.
The Continent of Europe last won the match in 2017 at Ballybunion after successfully defending the title it won in 2016 at Prince’s. Since the Jacques Léglise Trophy was first contested in 1958, GB&I has won 29 matches overall with the Continent of Europe claiming 12 victories with one match tied.
The format for the Jacques Léglise Trophy is four foursomes matches each morning, eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 30 August and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 31 August.
GB&I: Barclay Brown (18) (Captain), Hallamshire, England; Archie Davies (18), Carlisle, Wales; Joshua Hill (16), Galgorm Castle, Ireland; Aaron Marshall (18), Lisburn, Ireland; Tom McKibbin (16), Holywood, Ireland; Connor McKinney (17), Joondalup, Scotland; Luke O’Neill (18), Connemara, Ireland; Joseph Pagdin (17), Lake Nona, England; Benjamin Schmidt (17), Rotherham, England.