A dominant three-stroke winner of the Final Qualifying competition at West Lancashire on June 29, impressive rounds of 65 and 69 taking him to 10 under par.
It came only two days after he returned a one-under 71 for joint 15th spot and had just a single stroke to spare in surviving the 18-hole Regional Qualifying on the same course.
The 27-year-old was the 2018 winner of the Brabazon Trophy English Amateur stroke play title at Frilford Heath, beating rising South African star Wilco Nienaber by chipping in at the second play-off hole after they had tied on 16-under-par totals that were only one outside the tournament record. Nienaber actually lipped out with his chip as he tried to stay alive.
“It’s the pinnacle of stroke play for England golf - a lot of fantastic players have won this,” said Poppleton.
Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel both went on to major glory after putting their names on the trophy.
Poppleton went on to represent Britain and Ireland’s amateurs against Continental Europe later the same year and since turning professional two years ago he has played on the EuroPro Tour, finishing second at the IFX Championship in May.