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Great Britain & Ireland Team 
Toby Tree (Worthing GC) 3rd from right
Sussex's Toby Tree (Worthing) gained 4 points out of 4 to help the Great Britain and Ireland team to regain the Jacques Leglise Trophy with an impressive 14½-9½ victory over the holders, the Continent of Europe.

On Day One at the Neguri Golf Club in Spain, Tree (3rd from right) won his foursomes with Calum Shinkwin by 6&4, then played number two in the singles and won 2up. This helped GB&I to a 6½-5½ lead overnight after a tense opening day .

In the Day Two foursomes, GB&I opted to stick with the same partnerships that were successful the previous day. Tree and Shinkwin got the first point on the board by defeating Thomas Detry and Kenny Subregis, but not without a battle.

Tree and Shinkwin found themselves four down at the turn, but battled back superbly to take the match by two holes on the 18th after an impressive eagle.

GB&I won three and halved one of the matches to take a 10-6 lead into the final singles rounds.

Needing just 2½ points from the singles for victory, it was the impressive Tree that led out the GB&I team for the final round, and defeated Thomas Detry 4&3 to claim his fourth point of the tournament.

Kristoffer Ventura claimed the Continent of Europe's first full point of the day, with a 4&3 win over Shinkwin.  Points were then exchanged as Gavin Moynihan defeated Javier Sainz 3&2 before Gonçalo Pinto overcame Gary Hurley 4&3.

This set the score at 12-8 in favour of GB&I leaving the Continent of Europe with the uphill task of winning the remaining four matches to level the match.

Jon Rahm gave them some hope after a convincing 5&4 victory over Nathan Kimsey, but a half in the match between Paul Kinnear and Florian Loutre was enough to seal the victory for GB&I.

In the remaining matches, Dermot McElroy beat Maximilian Rottluff 2&1, and Harrison Greenberry rounded off the match with a 4&2 defeat over Robin Goger.

Greenberry, the recently crowned Boys Amateur champion, along with Toby Tree both took the full four points on offer.

The tournament is played between the most talented under 18s of GB&I and Continental Europe.

It has been played 44 times, and Great Britain and Ireland's impressive record now stands at 35 wins to 9 losses.
 
 

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