England’s Cope pipped by play-off eagle

Jack Cope

England’s Jack Cope was dramatically pipped in a play-off for the Irish boys’ championship when his opponent holed out for an eagle.

Cope, 17, lost out to Ireland’s Mark Power, whose wonder shot from 129 yards meant he successfully defended the title at Castletroy Golf Club, Limerick.

The two players tied at the end of regulation play on five-under par 283, with Cope (Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire) scoring 71 70 70 72. A three-hole play-off was required to decide the destination of the trophy.

Returning to the 16th, Power struck the first blow with a birdie four while Cope found himself two behind having made bogey. However, Cope bounced back immediately when he birdied 17 as Power bogeyed and surrendered his advantage.

Deadlocked playing the last, Cope was 15 feet from the pin as Power stood over his approach shot. Power’s odds were drifting but then he produced a shot in a million, and holed out to seize the title.

England’s Danny Daniels (Essendon, Hertfordshire) took third place on two under with rounds of 72, 68, 71, 75.

Both Cope (image copyright Still Photography) and Daniels are members of the England Golf boys’ squad.