Plant takes runner-up spot in France

Alfie Plant

England’s Alfie Plant was runner-up in the Chiberta Cup in France with a two-under par total for 72 holes.

Plant opened with two rounds of two-over 72 before sweeping up the leaderboard with his third round 65. It was bogey free and included birdies on the 1st, 17th and 18th and an eagle three on the 12th.

He completed the championship with a score of one-under 69 and, despite a bogey on the last, managed to finish a stroke ahead of the charging third-placed player Javier Sainz Delgado of Spain. He scored 62 with a blemish-free card of eight birdies and ten pars.

The Chiberta Cup was won by Scotland’s Craig Ross, who finished five clear of the field on seven-under (70 69 67 67).

Plant’s result underlines his current run of good form. The 22-year-old set a course record 63 at Panmure in the first round of qualifying for the Amateur Championship. This season he has also tied fifth in the Hampshire Salver and seventh in both the Welsh stroke play and the South East of England links championships.

Tom Gandy, from Rowany in the Isle of Man, also represented England in the event and finished tied 43rd after rounds of 71 78 72 72.