23 August 2017, St Andrews, Scotland: The Great Britain and Ireland boys team to face the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Léglise Trophy match at Ballybunion in Ireland next month was announced by The R&A today.

The nine player GB&I team for the match on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September is:

Toby Briggs (17)

Dunston Hall, England

Alex Fitzpatrick (18)

Hallamshire, England

Luke Harries (18)

Tenby, Wales

Darren Howie (17)

Peebles, Scotland

Ben Jones (18)

Northamptonshire County, England

Thomas Plumb (18)

Sherborne, England

Mark Power (17) (Captain)

Kilkenny, Ireland

Charlie Strickland (18)

Ham Manor, England

Robin Williams (15)

Bishopsgate Golf Academy, England



Conor Gough (14)

Stoke Park, England

The GB&I team, which will be managed for the first time by Stuart Wilson, who won The Amateur Championship in 2004, will be looking to win back the Jacques Léglise Trophy after the Continent of Europe won a close encounter by 13 ½ to 11 ½ at Prince’s in Kent last year.

GB&I won the matches in 2013 at Royal St David’s and 2014 at Barsebäck in Sweden while the 2015 match at Royal Dornoch finished in a tie at 12 ½ - 12 ½. GB&I has won 28 matches overall with the Continent of Europe claiming 11 victories and one match being halved.

Four members of the GB&I team return from the 2016 match: Toby Briggs, Alex Fitzpatrick, Mark Power and Charlie Strickland. Strickland won the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the Duncan Putter in April and Power will be full of confidence after retaining his Irish Boys Championship title. 

Among the newcomers to the team are Ben Jones and Darren Howie. Jones won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in June while Howie was runner-up in that event and was the leading stroke play qualifier at last week’s Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn.

The format for the Jacques Léglise Trophy match is four foursomes ties each morning, eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 1 September and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 2 September.

For scoring and reports from the matches please visit


Notes to Editors:

The Jacques Léglise Trophy

The Jacques Léglise Trophy Match is played annually between boys representing Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe. The match was inaugurated in 1958 but suspended in 1966. It was rejuvenated in 1977 when the Jacques Léglise Trophy was presented by Jean-Louis Dupont of Golf de Chantilly in memory of Jacques Léglise, a past French champion and captain who had served as President of the French Golf Federation and of the European Golf Association.

Initially played as a one-day match, it became a two-day match in 1996. GB&I dominated the early encounters losing only three times before 1996. The strength of European golf has improved dramatically and since then the Continent of Europe has won eight matches including the 2016 match at Prince’s. The GB&I team is selected by The R&A and the Continent of Europe side by the European Golf Association.

About The R&A

Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 140 countries and with the consent of 153 organisations from amateur and professional golf.

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.

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