Power-ful finish sees Kilkenny golfer make his Mark!

Trevor Spillane

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Kilkenny golfer Mark Power successfully retained his Irish Boys Amateur Open title with a superb finish at Castletroy

A stunning shot saw Kilkenny golfer Mark Power storm to the Irish Boys Amateur Open title.

Power bagged an incredible eagle, holding from close to 130 yards, in a playoff to retain his title at Castletroy.

The 17-year old Irish international, who is rated one of Ireland's best golf prospects in recent years, won the playoff after tying with England's Jack Cope following the final round.

Kilkenny Golf Club member Power won the title last year when he romped to victory by six shots. He joins Paul Dunne in the history books as the only two-time champions in the history of the tournament, which boasts previous winners in Damien McGrane (1988), Michael Hoey (1997) and Rory McIlroy (2004).

Next up for the Kilkenny golfer is a short trip to Carlow for the Interprovincial Championship. Power has been picked on the Leinster team for the competition, which starts at Carlow GC on Monday.