Stuart Grehan missed out on a second EuroPro Tour win in his last three starts but did move into seventh spot on the Order of Merit heading into the season-ending Tour Championship.
The Tullamore man – who won the recent Spey Valley Championship – made a brave run at the title at the Wright-Morgan Championship at Clevedon Golf Club but a two-under 69 would see him ultimately come up one shot short of a place in a three-way play-off.
In the end, he would finish solo third at 11-under-par, one shot back of Josh Hilleard and Ryan Brooks, with the former winning in a play-off to secure the trophy.
Grehan gave himself a chance by climbing the leaderboard with four of his five birdies on the back nine, but three bogeys – including a late one at the 15th – proved costly as he missed out by a narrow margin.
Instead, Hilleard claimed the crown as a late birdie at the par-four 17th rescued a one-over 72 to force a play-off with Brooks – who closed with a 70 – as both players ended their weeks at 12-under-par and it was the Bath man who secured a wire-to-win victory in extra holes.
Although he will be disappointed not to walk away with another piece of silverware for the cabinet, Grehan does have the consolation prize of moving up to seventh in the Order of Merit with one event to go.
Only the top-five will earn their Challenge Tour cards for next season and, with double the money on offer at next month’s Tour Championship at Lough Erne, the in-form Tullamore ace knows that one big week could change his golfing future.
Meanwhile, Whitehead’s John-Ross Galbraith ended his tournament in a share of 29th after a closing 71 left him at three-under-par, while PGA Catalunya’s Luke Donnelly fell to 40th after a 73 dropped him back to two-under.