Marsh pipped for Portuguese title

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Elland’s Nick Marsh was beaten in a play-off at the Portuguese international amateur championship yesterday after a stunning final round of 66.

The 19-year-old England Elite squad member was beaten by Italy’s Renato Paratore at the first extra hole at the Montado resort after both had totalled a seven under par 281 for the four rounds.

Both players were bunkered beside the green and the Italian got up and down to win the title in a 120-strong field.

Marsh, junior sports person of the year at the Courier awards in 2012, had gone into the final round in joint ninth place on one under par, five shots off the lead.

He stormed up the leaderboard with the best round of the week.

Marsh went out in 32, with four birdies, before bogey fours on 10 and 11 stalled his progress. However, he picked up shots on four of the last seven holes, including having twos on 12 and 18.

He reported to his Twitter followers: “Lost in a play-off unfortunately .... Still finished 2nd. Had a great week!!”

Marsh, who has played at the Lightcliffe and Elland clubs but is now at Huddersfield, was following up his top 10 finish at the recent South American amateur championship.

Next on his schedule is the Spanish amateur championship at La Reserva GC starting on February 26.