Jacques Léglise Trophy

The Jacques Léglise Trophy is an annual amateur boys’ team competition which is played between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe. It’s a 2-day match play event which is organized by the R&A and the European Golf Association, with participants selected by each of the governing bodies.

Jacques Leglise Trophy

Currently, teams comprise nine players on each side and, since 2015 at Royal Dornoch, the match format is four foursomes in the morning on both days, with eight singles in the afternoon on Day 1 and nine singles in the afternoon on Day 2. One point is awarded for a win and a ½ point for a tie so there’s 25 points to play for in total.

The tournament had its origins in the international boys match between England and Scotland which was played for many years on the Saturday before the Boys’ Amateur Championship. At Moortown in 1958, this match took place on the Friday and a combined England and Scotland team played Europe on the Saturday.

Unfortunately, these matches were usually one-sided affairs in favour of the Scots and the English – the only close result was the 8-7 match at Olton in 1960 – so it was decided to discontinue the event after it was again staged at Moortown in 1966 and had ended in a resounding 10-2 victory for the home team.

Eight venues were used for the England & Scotland v Europe matches between 1958 and 1966 (Dalmahoy, Moortown, Olton, Pollok, Prestwick, Formby, Gullane and Royal Mid-Surrey) with only the latter three clubs hosting the new event in subsequent years.

In 1977, Jean-Louis Dupont, who was the president of Golf de Chantilly from 1980 to 2001, donated a trophy for competition in memory of Jacques Léglise, a former French champion an...

Jacques Léglise Trophy host courses

Aldeburgh (Championship)

1st Suffolk - Best in Area 47th England Ranking

Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland.

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Barsebäck (Ocean)

6th South & West Sweden - Best in Area 10th Sweden Ranking 64th Continental Europe Ranking

Situated on the west coast of Sweden lies the world renowned Barsebäck Golf resort. With two championship courses, there’s no shortage of great golf to be had at Barsebäck.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

2nd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 7th Continental Europe Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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Downfield

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 66th Scotland Ranking

On the outskirts of Dundee, lies Downfield Golf Club, a lovely James Braid-designed parkland course little known outside Scotland.

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Dunbar

6th Lothians - Best in Area 41st Scotland Ranking

Dunbar Golf Club is laid out on a narrow strip of land with the best holes hugging the rocky coastline affording resplendent views across the North Sea to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic lump rising up out of the water.

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Falsterbo

1st South & West Sweden - Best in Area 3rd Sweden Ranking 27th Continental Europe Ranking

Falsterbo is one of the few true classic links courses in Continental Europe. It’s located at the southernmost tip of Sweden on the scenic Falsterbo peninsula, where the Öresund and the Baltic meet.

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Formby

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking

Formby is the prettiest of the eight top-notch links courses located between the seaside town of St Annes and the city of Liverpool. It is bordered on three sides by pine trees, giving the links a decidedly softer, heathland feel.

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Jacques Léglise Trophy Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 30
2 Jim McCann Courses Played 28
3 Brian Inglis Courses Played 26
= Greg Watson Courses Played 26
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 26
= Tim Elliott Courses Played 26
= Georg Kittel Courses Played 26
8 Nigel Thorpe Courses Played 25
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 25
= Malcolm Baker Courses Played 25