The Old Conna Golf Club assistant, who finished fourth last year, shared runners up spot with former European Tour player David Griffiths behind champion Jack Harrison.
Country Club-based Harrison sealed a commanding four shot victory after rounds of 68, 68 and 67 put him 16-under for the £33,5000 tournament.
"I battled all the way, I played quite well but just didn't' convert as much I needed to," he said.
"I put myself into one spot of bother on 14 and hit a miraculous shot out of the trees and birdied 15 thinking here we go, maybe I can get up to 14 or 15 under but at the end of the day I'm happy with how I played.
"I was fourth last year, tied second this year so next year logic dictates I should be up there so I'm delighted. Obviously I'm a little disappointed to come so close and not come away with it but it's a learning curve.
"I was actually tied with Jack last year going into the last six holes but made bogey, bogey on 14 and 15. I thought here we go again, so I said to myself 'man up' and hit a great shot out of the trees, made my par and stripped one into 15 which has been a bit of a nemesis for me. And the last few holes I gave myself some great chances but nothing dropped. That's just the way it is but I really enjoyed it."