Thursday, August 06, 2015

French players set pace in 
Under-14s' Reid Trophy 
French teenagers Alexandre Lasalarie and Andrea Milazzo are setting the pace in the English U14 boys’ open championship for the Reid Trophy at Preston Golf Club, Lancashire. 
Lasalarie, from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, scored four-under par 68 today, which is the low round of the tournament so far. He is level par for the tournament and leads by one from Milazzo (images © Leaderboard Photography), who has scored 71, 72.
Jason Belot, who is accompanying the French squad, commented: “Alexandre is a very straight hitter and he made a lot of putts for a good score.” 
The 14-year-old had five birdies in his round, including the 17th and 18th – which took him into the lead. 
Milazzo, from Cannes-Mougins in the south of France, is playing in his first major tournament. Belot commented: “He is very pleased because he was under pressure. It’s his first time in such a big tournament so he has a lot to prove – and he did it very well today.” 
Milazzo is noted as a very long hitter and he gave himself plenty of chances but was unable to convert them with the putter and get below par. “He has the long game to get under par,” said Belot. 
He added: “This is a very good week for France, we are very pleased. The boys are under great pressure because we expect a lot of them and because we will select three players for the team for the Evian championship after this tournament.”
The French players head an international leaderboard. Pedro Marin Santander of Spain is currently third place on three-over while two Danish players share fourth place a further shot behind: Rasmus Bofill and Rasmus Hojgaard. 
The leading English player is Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog) who is sixth on five-over, after rounds of 73 74. He would have been much higher up the leaderboard had it not been for a triple bogey eight on the 17th today. He had played the rest of the round in level par with two birdies and two bogeys. 
Three more English players are in a group sharing seventh place on six over: Nya Fraser-Lawrence (Hendon), James Ashfield (Eaton, Chester) and Conor Gough (Stoke Park). 
At the end of today’s play the field was cut to the leading 70 players and ties with 36-hole totals of 158 and better, who will play Thursday's final round. A total of 71 players qualified. 
160 Alyx Murray (Troon Welbeck) 79 81
161 Connor McKinlay (Pitreavie) 80 81
166 Harry Austin (Dumfries and County) 83 83

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