Doha: Asia-Pacific retained the Patsy Hankins Trophy for ladies with a day to spare after going undefeated in all ten matches on day two, winning eight and halving two, at the Doha Golf Club on Friday. Asia- Pacific have an unassailable 16.5 points, even though there are 12 singles matches still to be played on Saturday.
Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul, who won the inaugural Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Golf Championship earlier this year, and Yuka Saso, Philippines, were the stars for Asia-Pacific, winning all four of their matches together.
For Europe, Puk Lyng Thomsen and Annabell Fuller were the only pair not to lose on day two. They halved their fourball match in the morning and their foursomes match in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, in the Bonallack Trophy for men, Europe came back strongly to take a two-point lead into the final day. Of the ten matches on day two, Europe won five and halved three to better Asia-Pacific by three points.
Finnish pair, Sami Valimaki and Matias Honkala, who halved their fourball match on Thursday morning, went one better in the Friday fourball session, defeating Australians Min Woo Lee and Shae Wools-Cobb by one hole. Robin Dawson and Marc Hammer halved their match, although were leading 6up at one stage. English pair, Matthew Jordan and Todd Clements also halved their match in the morning. Kristoffer Reitan and Rasmus Hojgaard, playing in the last match of the session, scored another point for Europe, winning 2&1 to level the match at 7.5 points each.
In the afternoon foursomes session, French duo Frederic Lacroix and Catherine Edgar, who lost 4&3 in the morning fourballs, won their match by the same score. Robin Dawson and Marc Hammer won by two holes, while Matthew Jordan and Todd Clements won 3&1. Oliver Gillberg and Angel Hidalgo, who played in the first match of the session, scored half a point, while Valimaki and Honkala lost by one hole, leaving the match score at 11-9 to Europe heading into the last day.