Porteous excels for his country

Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) made a significant contribution to the Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) team as they battled the Continent of Europe (CoE) for the St Andrew’s Trophy.

Played over the famous Portmarnock links in Dublin, where the rough was up and the wind blew, it was C0E who prevailed in a very close contest 12.5-11.5.

Garrick played in all four sessions. On day one (August 31), he partnered the current European amateur champion, Rhys Pugh and they played superbly, defeating Manuel Trappel and Marcel Schneider 5&4.

His good form continued in the afternoon singles where he was up against Tapio Pulkkanen from Finland. Despite losing the first hole after finding a bunker from the tee, he never looked back and was four under par for the next 12 holes, winning the match 6&5.

Day two (September 1) saw a re-match of the day one foursomes. This time, it was much closer with the lead fluctuating all the time. However, the Europeans prevailed with a par on the 18th hole to secure a two-hole victory.

In the final afternoon singles, Garrick played Carlos Pigem from Spain. This was to prove a classic match.

The Spaniard played very solid golf in windy conditions for the first 10 holes and was three up. Garrick responded magnificently with birdies at 12 and 13 and as they boarded the 15th tee, he was only one down. His short game came to the fore and he surged ahead after 16 holes.

He held his nerve and a superb par at the last ensured a one-hole victory. He played all four matches, winning three. He was the highest points scorer, along with Craig Hinton, for the GB&I team.

Overall, a very rewarding week for Garrick and, despite not winning the St Andrew’s Trophy, he can be very pleased with his own performances.