Penge pipped in playoff for Irish Boys title

Marco Penge 2012

England’s Marco Penge was beaten in a three-hole playoff for the Irish Boys Open Championship at Lisburn, Northern Ireland, but had the consolation of winning the under 16 title.

The 15 year old from Sussex carded a closing 69 to finish tied on 282 with County Waterford’s Robin Dawson, who shot 74, after 72 holes.

Dawson, two strokes clear playing the par three 18th, would have won in regular time but for three-putting from ten feet for a double bogey.

However, in the playoff, Dawson holed from 15 feet for birdie at the first extra hole, the 16th, before both parred the 17th.

Returning to the 18th, both found the green with their tee shots, then Penge’s 25 foot putt for birdie cruelly lipped out, leaving Dawson two putts from ten feet for victory which he duly took.

Jack Singh Brar from Hampshire finished third a shot out of the playoff after a closing 73 but won the under 17 championship, while Jake Storey from Northumberland finished 15th on 297 after a closing 73.

Leading final scores:

282 R Dawson (Faithlegg) 67 69 72 74, M Penge (Worthing) 69 72 72 69 (Dawson won three-hole playoff)

283 J Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 70 68 72 73

286 R Lester (Hermitage) 73 71 70 72, A Wilson (Portmarnock) 72 68 75 71