Vitor Lopes, the talented young Portuguese amateur, beat another amateur, George Bloor and professional Sam Whitehead in a play-off after all three tied on 5 under par in difficult conditions over the Alamos course at Morgado.

The former Portugal Open Champion, Van Phillips and Craig Farrelly held the first round lead with a fine 4 under par 67’s, with Tiago Cruz, Gary King and the eventual winner Lopes a further shot behind.

On the second day Owen Edwards shot a brilliant 7 under par 64 but he had left himself too much to do after his opening 4 over par 75 on the first day and would eventually finish in for seventh place.

A target of 5 under par was set by Whitehead who then had to wait for the final group to find out his fate.

Bloor added a 3 under par 68 to join Whitehead in the clubhouse lead and the pair waited for the final group to appear.

Lopes also scored well and with a 2 under par 69 joined Whitehead and Bloor in a 3-way tie, that had to be decided by a sudden death play-off.

In the end Lopes was triumphant and became a member of a rare breed that is an amateur who has won a professional tour event, where the quality of the field is so good.