ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (August 18, 2005) -- Players from the four Home Countries will be aiming to continue their winning form when they play in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, the boys match against the Continent of Europe, at Royal Porthcawl on 26 and 27 August.
The boys from GB&I have now won the last two encounters, in 2003 at Lahinch and last year at Nairn where they were never behind and ran out convincing winners by 14½ - 9½.
Zac Gould, a senior Welsh international and Scott Henry, Cardross, were both in that trophy winning team and Henry will tee off at Porthcawl as Scottish Boys Champion, the national title he successfully defended at Murcar in April.
Thomas Haylock, the recently crowned English Boys champion is also named in the squad alongside England team-mates, Tom Sherreard, the England Boys Captain and winner of the McEvoy Trophy and Daniel Willett.
In addition to Gould, Wales are represented by Mark Trow, the winner earlier in the season of a Welsh Order of Merit event, Scotland by Henry and Steven McEwan, the Scottish Boys Stroke Play champion and Ireland by Simon Ward, a top performer for Ireland in both the European Boys and the Boys Home Internationals.
Oliver Fisher, one of the Walker Cup team that lost by the narrowest of margins in America, was not available for selection, as he will be competing in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion.
Almost from the start, Royal Porthcawl has been a much sought-after venue for championships. One of the first, in 1900, was the Welsh Amateur Championship and since then, in addition to a further 15 Welsh national championships, it has welcomed players in the Amateur Championship on six occasions, in the European Amateur Team Championship in 1989 and the Walker Cup in 1995.
The Jacques Leglise Trophy has been played at Royal Porthcawl once before, in 1984 when the boys of GB&I recorded a narrow one point win, thus setting a trend that has continued to the present day.
Matthew Evans, Rotherham
Tom Haylock, The Hertfordshire
Scott Henry (cpt), Cardross
Zac Gould, Vale of Glamorgan
Steven McEwan, Kilmarnock Barassie
Tom Sherreard, Chart Hills
Mark Trow, Llanymynech
Simon Ward, County Louth
Daniel Willett, Rotherham
Jeff Toye, Radyr
Further information: -
David Hill, Director of Championships
Rhodri Price, Assistant Director – Championships
Tel: 01334 460000