Power finishes third at SA Stroke Play

​​​​​​GUI squad members in action at South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship (De Zalze GC, 26 February - 1 March)

  • 28 February 2019

Picture: Portmarnock's Conor Purcell | Cashman Photography


Kilkenny's Mark Power fired a final round 67 to finish third at the South African Stroke Play Championship.

South African Jayden Schaper took the title at De Zalze, the 17-year-old firing a three-under 69 in the final round to win by one shot on 19 under.

The fast-finishing Power, who made 22 birdies over the course of the week, shared third place on 12 under. Portmarnock's Conor Purcell tied for 5th place following a final round 68 while Mallow's James Sugrue enjoyed his best finish at an international event with a share of 9th.

Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty closed with a 71 to finish tied 11th. Robert Brazill (Naas) also had his best finish at this level, carding a 68 for a share of 16th on six under. Galway's Ronan Mullarney (T35) finished at minus two for the tournament while Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan) was tied 44th on level par.


The GUI squad continue their winter coaching trip in South Africa this week at De Zalze GC.

The nine squad members are entered in the South African Amateur Stroke Play, which begins on Tuesday 26 February and runs until Friday 1 March.

Recent Australian Amateur Open champion Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) is in the GUI squad along with Robert Brazill (Naas), Robert Cannon (Balbriggan), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Mark Power (Kilkenny), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) and James Sugrue (Mallow).

Ireland team captain John Carroll and GUI National Coach Neil Manchip accompany the squad.

The GUI's High Performance Programme is supported by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.

GUI Squad for South Africa: Robert Brazill (Naas), Robert Cannon (Balbriggan), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Mark Power (Kilkenny), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), James Sugrue (Mallow).