Malone’s Matthew McClean continued his fine run of form with a third-placed finish at the Brabazon Trophy in England.
A three-under 68 in his final round at the East Course at Saunton saw him finish the week at eight-under-par, six shots adrift of Christiaan Maas, the South African who eased to a five-shot win over former North of Ireland champion Arron Edwards-Hill.
McClean, meanwhile, will bank another excellent finish — his fourth consecutive top-six result — as he looks to pick up his first win of the season, with this coming hot on the heels of finishing runner-up at last week’s Irish Men’s Amateur Open.
The Ireland international started the day six shots behind leader Maas and to finish on the podium, so to speak, was about the best he could ask for as six birdies and three bogeys represented a good day’s work.
It moved him above England’s Sam Bairstow and gives him another positive week from which to build off at the premier English amateur competition.
Maas, meanwhile, was always in pole position as he romped ahead with four birdies in his opening six holes and from there he simply had to play mistake-free golf, which he did for the most part as he returned to the clubhouse with one more birdie and two bogeys in a closing 68 to finish 14-under-par.
Edwards-Hill secured second with a 72 to finish nine-under, one ahead of McClean.