Whelan leads Irish home in Portuguese Amateur
 Jake Whelan (Newlands) during the AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship semi-finals at Ballyliffin. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Jake Whelan (Newlands) during the AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship semi-finals at Ballyliffin. Picture by Pat Cashman

Newlands' Jake Whelan was the best of the Irish in the Portuguese International Amateur Championship at Montado Hotel and Golf Resort.

The Leinster interprovincial came back from two-over after three holes to close with a two-under-par 70 and finish 44th on three-over par.

Portugal's Vitor Lopes won by three strokes from Denmark's Sebastian Friedrichsen and English pair Bailey Gill (70) and Ben Jones (64) on 15-under 273. 

He was one clear of Spain's Jorge Maicas on 11-under after 54 and closed with a four-under 68 as the Spaniard shot 71 to finish fifth. 

Dun Laoghaire's Colin Woodroofe was 57th after a 74 with Castleknock's Paul Coughlan 60th while Waterford's Eanna Griffin missed the cut.

88th Portuguese International Amateur Championship, Montado (Par 72)

Detailed scores

1 Vitor Londot Lopes POR -15 273 68 68 69 68
2 Sebastian Friedrichsen DEN -12 276 69 71 66 70
2 Bailey Gill ENG -12 276 71 67 68 70
2 Benjamin Jones ENG -12 276 71 68 73 64
5 Jorge Maicas ESP -11 277 72 65 69 71
6 Nicolai Hojgaard DEN -10 278 72 66 73 67
6 Thomas Plumb ENG -10 278 72 66 74 66
8 Andrea Romano ITA -9 279 75 68 69 67
9 Joshua McMahon ENG -8 280 71 68 70 71
10 Robin Williams ENG -7 281 71 73 70 67

Irish

44 Jake Whelan IRL +3 291 70 74 77 70
57 Colin Woodroofe IRL +7 295 72 74 75 74
60 Paul Coughlan IRL +8 296 75 74 72 75
MC Eanna Griffin IRL +7 - 73 78

Team

  • 1 Spain A -11 277
  • 2 PORTUGAL A -10 278
  • 3 ENGLAND A -6 282
  • 4 NETHERLANDS B -5 283
  • 5 ITALY C -5 283
  • 6 ENGLAND D -4 284
  • 16 IRELAND +3 291 (Jake Whelan, Paul Coughlan, Eanna Griffin).