Scott Gregory underlined his return to form at the European Amateur Championship in Slovakia.
The Waterlooville-based amateur talent has struggled at times this season but has shown encouraging signs of returning to his best in recent weeks.
And he produced a fine display against the cream of European amateur golf to finish in a tie for fourth place at 16 under par – just three strokes behind the eventual winner Stefano Mazzoli from Italy.
The Corhampton man was the joint first-round leader after a fabulous eight-under-par 64 and then followed it up with two successive rounds of 70.
That left him six strokes adrift going into the final round and although he fired a fine 68, it was not quite enough to close the gap.
But Gregory finished as the leading Englishman and was still happy with his week’s work as he gained another important boost of confidence.
He said: ‘I played really well.
‘It sounds a bit weird with the low scores but it wasn’t easy at all.
‘It was so hot and it was hard to keep your concentration.
‘But the course was set up so that if you hit a good shot, you would have a good chance at a birdie.
‘If you were firing on all cylinders, you could shoot a low score.
‘It was a nice feeling because you don’t get that too much at a lot of the courses we play.
‘They tend to set them up where they don’t want them to be ripped apart.
‘I haven’t performed as I have wanted to at times this season but it’s given me a massive boost again. It was great to finish as the top Englishman.’
Although the bigger events are now over for another season, Gregory is still targeting some silverware on the county scene, starting this weekend with the Solent Salver at Stoneham.
He said: ‘I’ve got the Solent Salver this weekend and the Waterford Trophy, which I’m defending and the Courage Trophy at Corhampton so there are plenty of things to play for.
‘It would be nice to finish the season with some more good performances.’