Harry Ellis missed out on the Michel Carlhian Trophy but insisted: Confidence is high.
The 17-year-old Meon Valley starlet impressed at the prestigious French Boys’ International at Le Touquet, before losing a close 36-hole matchplay final 4&2 to Dominic Foos of Germany.
But Ellis, who became the youngest-ever English Amateur champion last August, was able to take positives from the five-day tournament which included victory in the Nations Cup Trophy strokeplay event.
Representing England alongside fellow Hampshire golfer Jack Singh Brar and Ashton Turner from Lincolnshire, Ellis ensured qualification to the matchplay event, as well as claiming the coveted Trophy title, after the trio recorded the lowest overall score.
And the talented teenager reflected on an impressive Easter of golf.
He said: ‘The belief and confidence I have in my game is massive now and I feel like I am playing without pressure.
‘Of course I was a little disappointed not to have finished the job against Dominic, having made it all the way to the matchplay final.
‘I actually led at the midway-point by a shot but lost my way a little and left myself a little too much to do in the end.
‘It’s a learning experience for me, though. And I know I will be in this situation many more times so it’s just about taking the positives from a very good week.’
He added: ‘In truth, I probably didn’t play my best golf but I drove the ball particularly well and putted with confidence.
‘I holed a 25-foot par putt on the last hole in my first-round matchplay game to stay in the tournament, which was pleasing.
‘Sometimes you need to win ugly and I am proud that I was able to do that.’
Ellis hopes to achieve Walker Cup selection in future but is keeping it at the back of his mind for now as he looks to continue his fine form.
‘At the moment I am not thinking too much about the Walker Cup,’ said Ellis.
‘I am still only 17 and I’m not going to be putting any unnecessary pressure on myself.
‘To be selected for the Walker Cup you really have to perform in the big events.
‘I had great success in 2012 and I think it would take something similar in 2013 to be included.’
Ellis will look to continue his impressive start to the new season next Monday at the Hampshire County Junior Championships at Corhampton Golf Club.
He will then be in action in the McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath the following week.