11 Mar 2018 - 12:11
Double delight as Asia-Pacific pocket Bonallack and Patsy Hankins trophies
Doha Asia-Pacific defeated Europe to make a clean sweep at Doha Golf Club by winning both the Bonallack and Patsy Hankins trophies. It is the first time Asia-Pacific men won the biennial match since 2004 for amateur golfers, while in the women’s section, Asia-Pacific successfully defended the Patsy Hankins Trophy they had won two years back in Portugal.
In the three-day competition, Asia-Pacific held a narrow lead in the men’s section after the first day fourball and foursomes matches but trailed by two points after day two.
In the singles on the third and final day, Asia-Pacific won five of the first seven matches to take a one-point lead. At this point, Europe needed three more points to retain the trophy and were up in two and down in three of the remaining matches.
Angel Hidalgo fought back from two down with four holes to play to secure half a point and Oliver Gillberg overturned a two-hole deficit with six to play to win by one hole. Kristoffer Reitan won by one hole but Frederic Lacroix lost 3 and 2, meaning the outcome of the match would come down to Matthew Jordan and Osawa Kazuya.
Jordan needed to win the 18th hole to score the half-point Europe needed to retain the trophy and had a two-metre putt to do so. Unfortunately, he missed the putt d and the hole was halved, meaning Asia-Pacific took the match.
Kristoffer Reitan was the highest scorer of the European team. The Norwegian won a fourball and foursomes match alongside Rasmus Hojgaard in addition to his win in the singles. Although the men’s match was very close, the second edition of the ladies’ match was decided early.
Asia-Pacific secured victory at the end of day two after winning eight of the day’s ten matches. Europe only managed one victory over the first two days, which was delivered by Bianca Fabrizio and Blanca Fernandez.
Despite the match already being decided, the European ladies were more successful in the singles matches; Blanca Fernandez, Annabell Fuller, Isobel Wardle, Zhen Bontan and Paula Grant all won their matches.
Atthaya Thitikul, winner of the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship earlier this year, and her foursomes and fourball partner, Yuka Saso, both won all five of the matches they played.
The highest scorer on the European team was England’s Annabell Fuller, who halved three matches alongside Puk Lyng Thomsen in addition to her 7 and 6 win in the singles.