Reid wins title four weeks after mother's death

Melissa Reid poses with the trophy after her win at Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters.

Melissa Reid poses with the trophy after her win at Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters.

Competing in her first tournament since the tragic death of her mother, Melissa Reid won the Ladies European Tour's Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters on Sunday, holing a 6-footer for par on the 18th hole to secure the victory.

Reid's mother, Joy, died after a car accident in Germany only four weeks ago.

“To be honest, I wasn’t that nervous. I think with something like what’s happened to my family and me the last four weeks, nothing really seems that difficult anymore,” said Reid, who finished at 9 under for the tournament.

“I spoke to my coach when I went back a couple of weeks after and he said to me, ‘I don’t know when it’s going to be, but this will make you a stronger person,’ and my best friends have said that as well, and I honestly think it will.

“It will make me fight and nothing will seem as bad as what I’ve been through, so yeah, I actually felt very calm and I knew I was going to hole the putt on 18.”

Reid was scheduled to play at the UniCredit Ladies German Open five weeks ago, but her parents - visiting to watch her play - were injured in a car accident on that Tuesday evening and her mother passed away the next day.

“Obviously it’s very special with what the family and stuff has been through the last four weeks, so you know, hopefully, obviously it is good news to the family and will bring a smile on our faces at such a horrible time, so it means a lot,” said Reid.

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