Kilkenny’s Mark Power fell agonisingly short of a memorable victory after lighting up the Brabazon Trophy with a superb final day showing at Sherwood Forest Golf Club.
Power’s final day five-under par round of 66 bettered the field by a full four strokes on Friday and included two eagles in a blistering front nine of 33.
He matched that score on the way home, picking up two more birdies in the process to set the clubhouse target at minus-10 and when those in front faltered, a sudden death play-off was confirmed with Power joined by Frenchnman David Ravetto and Dane Christoffer Bring at 10-under.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Wake Forest man Power, however, who bowed out at the first extra hole before glory was confirmed for France when Ravetto birdied the next.
Still, it’s a superb effort regardless and another example of a talent worth tracking over the coming years as Ireland’s conveyor belt of top amateurs continues.
Meanwhile Tom McKibbin put in another consistent week, signing off with an even par round of 71 to take outright eighth.
The Holywood teenager traded four birdies and four bogeys on the final day to return a six-under par four round total.
Malone’s Matthew McClean and Royal Dublin’s Hugh Foley shared in a tie for 20th at even par while Carton House’s Marc Boucher rounded off the Irish challengers in a tie for 41st at three-over par.