GB golfers edged out by Israel in Pesach Cup


Israel won the annual Pesach Trophy in a match against their British counterparts.

An expanded field of 40 battled it out for the prestigious trophy, with the action commencing with a four-ball better ball format at a beautifully prepared Caesarea course.

Under a bright blue sky, Israeli flags and Union flags blew in breezy conditions. The visiting GB team, captained by Jeremy Smouha, included AJGCS National Scratch champion Ricky Curtis as well as Mark Gershinson, both playing off a one handicap.

The Israeli team, captained by former tour professional Itamar Cohen, included Israeli champion Barry Shaked as well as the former Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Air Force and El Al Chief Executive Eliezer Shkedi.

Israel captured two points in the afternoon session before Mark Gershinson holed four birdies to earn GB their first point, together with Russell Nathan. Three more Israeli points and two more GB points went up on the board and the match was finely balanced as the last two games came up the 18th fairway, but Israel held their nerve to claim a 6-4 success.

GB: Jeremy Smouha (capt) Ricky Curtis, Mark Gershinson, Russell Nathan, Lawrence Sugarman, Jeremy Berman, Paul Phillips, Henry Arnold, Stuart Glyn, Danny Dreyfuss, Errol Rudnick, Dan Kattan, Adam Hudaly, Shachar Cohen, Ezra Sharabani, Edward Misrahi, Randall Winn, David Cohen, David Kyte, Tony Page

ISRAEL: Itamar Cohen (capt), Barry Shaked, Roger Gladstone, Dan Vigdor, Guy Ben Amo, Hazi Magen, Moti Fishman, Shmulik Zisman, Roy Edlman, Yoni Sidi, Moshe Bourner, Oren Africa, Itai Lanuel, Charlie Uzan, Leon Lewkowicz, Dury Berkovish, Moshe Gil, Dan Klinberg, Freddy Nassima, Eliezer Shkedi

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