Teenager Alexandre Lasalarie became the third French winner of the Reid Trophy when he sealed a tense, two-shot victory at Preston Golf Club in Lancashire.
He was level par for the 54-hole English U14 Boys’ Open Championship and held off a determined challenge in the final round from Pedro Marin Santander of Spain.
“It was very, very close,” said Jason Belot, who accompanied the French squad. “It is Alexandre’s first major win, first international win and it is the beginning of great things, we hope.”
Lasalarie, 14, shot a level-par 71 in the final round while Santander, who trailed by three at the start of the day, went round in 70.
The French boy demonstrated great tenacity, getting up and down for par five times in a row on the outward half to stay ahead but Santander was not going down without a fight and eventually managed to close the gap after eight holes.
However, Lasalarie immediately grabbed back the initiative with a birdie on the ninth and he stayed ahead for the rest of the match. Santander dropped two behind when he bogeyed the 11th and, although he birdied the 13th, he couldn’t rein in Lasalarie.
Lasalarie, who lives on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, follows in the footsteps of compatriots Antoine Kuoch Stanislas Gautier, who won the Reid Trophy in 2013 and 2007 respectively.