Yorkshire pair Brown and Pagdin savour Jacques Léglise Trophy triumph with GB&I

Great Britain & Ireland with the Jacques L�glise Trophy after their win over the Continent of Europe (Picture: The R&A/Getty Images).
Great Britain & Ireland with the Jacques L�glise Trophy after their win over the Continent of Europe (Picture: The R&A/Getty Images).
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YORKSHIRE duo Barclay Brown and Joe Pagdin both won their singles matches to help Great Britain & Ireland to a 15.5-9.5 victory over the Continent of Europe to win the 2018 Jacques Léglise Trophy match at Kytäjä Golf in Finland.

GB&I led 7.5-4.5 after day one and retained their three-point advantage after the morning foursomes were shared 2-2.

Stuart Wilson’s side then picked up six of the nine available points in the afternoon singles to seal their first win in the boys’ international match since 2014 when they triumphed by just a point at Barsebäck in Sweden.

Max Hopkins delivered an emphatic 6&4 victory over Saku Tuusa that included four birdies to get the finbal session off to a good start for non-playing captain Stuart Wilson’s side.

Boys’ Amateur champion Conor Gough beat Loic Ettlin 2&1 to move GB&I closer to their goal and Mark Power hit back from two holes down with three to play against Adam Wallin, of Sweden, to secure a half. Overall victory was then confirmed in the fourth singles match when Robin Williams sunk the winning putt on the 17th to claim a 2&1 victory over Kiet van der Weele, which gave GB&I an unassailable 13-7 lead.

Carris Trophy holder Brown, of Hallamshire – GB&I’s playing captain – rolled in two birdies in a row on the 17th and 18th to seal a win by two holes over Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues before David Puig and Eemil Alajarvi pulled two points back for the Continent of Europe.

However, Sheffield-born Pagdin, who lives in Florida, returned another point for GB&I after posting six birdies to defeat Eduard Rousand Sabate 4&3.

The final match out on the course between Tom McKibbin and Jerry Ji was halved.

The victory marks the 29th time that GB&I have won the Jacques Léglise Trophy since the boys’ international match between the two teams was rejuvenated in 1977. The Continent of Europe have won the trophy on 12 occasions, with one match tied, at Royal Dornoch in 2015.