Entries in St Andrews Trophy (12)
Read the small print on any financial product and it will say: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
The same could be said for the balance of power in Europe after the Continent of Europe claimed both the St Andrews Trophy and the Jacques Léglise Trophy on a day when the winds of change blew ominously for British and Irish golf at a magnificent Portmarnock.
Waterford Castle’s Kevin Phelan produced a sensational short game magic to grab a crucial singles win and help Great Britain and Ireland take a 7-5 lead over the Continent of Europe into the final day of the St Andrews Trophy at Portmarnock.
Noel Fox reckons fans looking for a glimpse of the next Rory McIlroy will be rewarded by a trip to the two-day St Andrews Trophy and Jacques Leglise Trophy matches which tee off at Portmarnock today.
The Continent of Europe will be trying to retain the biennially-awarded St Andrews Trophy won in 2010 in Castelconturbia, Italy against the best amateur players from Great Britain & Ireland.
Alan Dunbar, 22, hails from Rathmore, Northern Ireland, the same club that spawned 2010 US Open champion, Graeme McDowell. He comes into the St Andrews Trophy as the holder of The Amateur Championship having beaten Austria’s Matthias Schwab on the 36th hole of this year’s final at Royal Troon.
Ireland will have four golfers in action when Portmarnock Golf Club hosts the St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophy Matches in two weeks’ time.
Recently-crowned British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar will never forget the first time he met Great Britain and Ireland skipper Nigel Edwards.
Dermot McElroy, Kevin Phelan and Alan Dunbar have been named in a preliminary 12-man Great Britain & Ireland St Andrews Trophy training squad for this year’s clash with the Continent of Europe at Portmarnock from 31 August and 1 September.
Irish trio Paul Cutler, Alan Dunbar and Paul Dunne have been included in a preliminary Great Britain & Ireland squad for this year’s St Andrews Trophy Match at Golf Club Castelconturbia, Italy, on 27 & 28 August.
Great Britain and Ireland have won the St Andrews Trophy for the fifth consecutive time and the 24th time in 27 matches, beating the Continent of Europe by 13 1/2 points to 10 1/2 at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews. Scoring