England’s Marco Penge finished runner-up in the Spanish amateur championship after losing a tight battle against Jack Davidson of Wales.
Penge, 18, is knocking on the door of a big win, having had to settle for second place in three major championships in the last 10 months.
He was pipped in a play-off for the French amateur last May; was beaten on the 36th hole of the 2017 New South Wales amateur by fellow England squad player Scott Gregory; and now, has bowed out 4/3 in the Spanish championship.
But he knows he’s looking good and told his Twitter followers: “What a week! Another great week and I couldn't have a better start to the season! Two 2nd place finishes!”
Penge, from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex, followed up with another message: “It wasn't meant to be, but I'm sure a win won't be far away!”
The international took control in the first part of the final, never dropping behind over the opening 18 holes and going in to lunch with a one-hole lead.
But Davidson squared matters on the 19th and got to 1 up when Penge three-putted the 22nd – and then stayed ahead for the rest of the match. The players traded eagles and birdies in the strengthening wind, but Davidson steadily increased his lead as the holes ran out.
Earlier in the championship Penge teamed up with fellow internationals Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent) and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) to win the Nations Cup for England. The team event was played over the two qualifying rounds of the tournament.
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Caption: Top, Marco Penge receives the runner-up trophy; below, Penge (left) congratulates Davidson. Images © Adolfo Luna