Gavin Moynihan pipped after final-round fireworks
A fantastic finish by Gavin Moynihan, featuring five birdies in his final seven holes, hardly received its just reward when the gallant Island man was eclipsed on the fourth tie hole by a chip-in birdie from South Africa's Ian Snyman.
Walker Cup star Moynihan (20) forced the Eastern Province Border Championship into sudden-death with those fireworks down the stretch in his superb third-round 66 at Port Elizabeth.
After completing a hat-trick of birdies with a splendid chip-in on 14, the Dubliner holed a 30-footer for par at the next before picking up further shots on 16 and 18 to tie on 10-under with fellow 20-year-old Snyman, a member of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Academies.
Moynihan produced a brilliant 30-yard bunker shot after short-siding himself in the sand to keep the play-off going. Yet Snyman chipped in on the fourth extra hole before a 15-foot birdie putt by the Irishman agonisingly halted on the lip.
Moynihan is in South Africa with a nine-man Irish squad, who play tomorrow in the SA Amateur Stroke Play, also at Port Elizabeth.
West Waterford's Gary Hurley was ninth, seven outside the play-off, after a 74, while Jack Hume of Naas tied 13th with a 69. Cormac Sharvin also shot 69 to lie one further back on even par.
John Ross Galbraith (72) was 24th on three-over with Richard Bridges (71). One back in 28th was Dermot McIlroy (73). Robin Dawson was 64th after a 75, while flu laid Colm Campbell low after Saturday's second round.
Castletroy's Chloe Ryan shared 15th at the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur at Montado Golf Hotel. She led at halfway after rounds of 74 and 68 but wound up on nine-over, eight behind winner Olivia Cowen of Germany, after shooting 76 and 79.