Europeans seize the initiative

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GREAT Britain & Ireland, seeking to avenge a record 15-9 defeat at St Andrews two years ago, are trailing the Continent of Europe 7-4 at the halfway stage of the two-day women's amateur international team golf match for the Vagliano Trophy at Hamburger Golf Club, Germany.

The Continentals took a 2- 1 pt lead from the morning foursomes with the 14-year-old Irish twins, Leona and Lisa, the only winners in skipper Mary McKenna's four pairings. They won by one hole against France's Marion Ricordeau and Belgium's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, winner of the British girls' open title at Monifieth last summer.

The all-Scottish pairing of Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) and Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry) were beaten 5 and 3 by the French duo of Rosanna Crepiat and Lucie Andre.

England's Jodi Ewart and Rachel Jennings gained a square match against Germany's Pia Halbig and Caroline Masson but Northern Ireland's Danielle McVeigh and Wales' Rhian Wyn Thomas lost by 2 and 1 to Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) and Marieke Nivard from the Netherlands.