GB&I trail­ing in Italy

The Scotsman - - Reviews - NICk rOdgEr

rOSS Kel­lett was in sparkling form on day one of the St An­drews Tro­phy but gB&i’s amateurs still fell be­hind to europe dur­ing the open­ing round of matches at Castel­con­tur­bia in italy.

The Colville Park young­ster pitched in with two wins from his four­somes and sin­gles ties but it was the euro­peans who gained an early ad­van­tage as they fin­ished 7-5 ahead.

Kel­lett and Scot­tish cham­pion Michael Ste­wart teamed up to earn a bat­tling one hole win over Swedish pair Pon­tus Wide­gren and Jes­per Ken­negard in the four­somes. But gB&i still found them­selves on the back foot as europe won the ses­sion 3-1.

Ste­wart then lost the top sin­gles match 4 and 2 to ital­ian young­ster Nino Ber­ta­sio while Ban­chory’s James Byrne went down 3 and 1 to Scot­tish Open Stroke­play cham­pion ro­main Wat­tel of France as the hosts turned the screw.

A win for Tom Lewis and half points from Paul Cut­ler and Matt Nixon kept gB&i in touch be­fore Kel­lett swept to a fine 5 and 4 win over Johan Lopez-Lazaro. ed­die Pep­perell gave the vis­i­tors a share of the sin­gles hon­ours as he beat Morten Mad­sen 3 and 2 in the fi­nal tie.

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