Galbraith seventh as Plant takes European Amateur in sudden-death
 John-Ross Galbraith (Whitehead Golf Club) during the Lytham Trophy. Photo © Golffile / Thos Caffrey.

John-Ross Galbraith (Whitehead Golf Club) during the Lytham Trophy. Photo © Golffile / Thos Caffrey.

Whitehead's John-Ross Galbraith closed with a super 65 to finish tied seventh as England's Alfie Plant won the European Amateur Championship with a birdie at the second sudden-death hole at Walton Heath.

Galbraith, the only Irish player to make the cut who is not on the Walker Cup panel, made eight birdies and a bogey in an impressive final round to move up 22 places to 12-under par.

He briefly held the clubhouse lead by ended up three shots outside a playoff that saw Plant (68) tie with defending champion Luca Cianchetti (69) and his Italian compatriot Lorenzo Scalise (69) on 15-under par.

A three-hole aggregate playoff followed at the first, second and 18th holes with Cianchetti eliminated as he went 4-4-4 (bogey-par-par) to par figures for Plant and Scalise.

Returning to the first for sudden-death, Plant lipped out from 18 feet for the win but captured the title at the second when he rolled in a 15 footer for birdie.

It was a mixed week for Ireland's Walker Cup hopefuls but Paul McBride did his chances no harm after his good showing in the Amateur Championship when he closed with a 67 to share 13th on 10-under par with Naas' Conor O'Rourke, who shot a final round 71.

Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell continued his run of improved form with a share of 32nd while Tullamore's Stuart Grehan (39th) and Tramore's Robin Dawson (47th) will have been hoping for better.

The next challenge for Ireland's leading amateurs is to play well in the European Amateur Team Championships at Diamond Country Club in Austria from July 13-15.

Campbell, Dawson, Grehan, McBride, O’Rourke and Galbraith are the six selected.

European Amateur Championship, Walton Heath (Old Course, Par 72)

Detailed scores

T1 SCALISE, Lorenzo  (Golf Club Milano) 64 75 65 69 273 

T1 PLANT, Alfie  (Sundridge Park) 72 66 67 68 273 

T1 CIANCHETTI, Luca  (Modena Golf) 70 67 67 69 273 

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T4 MACINTYRE, Robert  (Glencruitten Golf Club)  68 70 70 66 274 

T4 PASTOR, Victor  (RCG Córdoba)  71 64 73 66 274 

6 JORDAN, Matthew  (Royal Liverpool Golf Club)  68 68 73 66 275 

T7 GALBRAITH, John-Ross (Whitehead Golf Club)  75 70 66 65 276

T7 SINGH BRAR, Jack (Remedy Oak Golf Clubs)  72 72 66 66 276  

T13 MCBRIDE, Paul (The Island) 70 69 72 67 278

T13 O’ROURKE, Conor (Naas) 67 70 70 71 278

T32 CAMPBELL, Colm (Warrenpoint) 70 72 69 71 282

T39 GREHAN, Stuart (Tullamore) 70 72 71 70 283

T47 DAWSON, Robin (Tramore)  68 73 72 72 285

63 PURCELL, Conor (Portmarnock)  72 72 70 77 291

64 YATES, Jonathan (Naas)  72 72 70 79 293

Cut ( -2 / 214)

MC GLEESON, Alex (Castle) 73 69 73 215

MC MULLIGAN, Thomas (Laytown And Bettystown) 70 77 74 221