A YOUNG golfer from Chester-le-Street is teeing up for a bright future after winning a major North-East tournament.

James Lusk, 14, from Graythwaite was the overall winner at this year’s Under 21-Mizuno Race 2 Rockliffe event.

James shot a gross score of 78 at the competition final which saw him crowned the 2018 champion and picked up a £500 voucher for his efforts.

This year's event attracted over 100 golfers who have played in 14 qualifying competitions in the quest to qualify for the final at Rockliffe.

James, who is a pupil at Hermitage Academy, is proving he has a bright future in the game and has not only reduced his handicap from 28 to 7 in less than 15 months, he has also secured a major sponsorship deal with United Carlton Office Systems.

PGA pro Doug Brolls. who has coached James for the last six or seven years at Cocken Lodge, said: "I’m really pleased for him and he deserves it. He is clearly a very talented young lad but he works hard. He is committed and has an excellent work rate. He is constantly practicing in an effort to improve his game and his progression over the 18 months has been remarkable.

“He has the ability to go a long way and if he wants it, to aim for a career in the game. Next year, there is every chance we can get his handicap down further. Age is on his side and as he improves, we’ll get him playing in some of the bigger amateur events and that is where you get spotted.

“From a coaches perspective, I can’t ask for any more – he always gives 100 per cent and this is what makes him stand out in a number of ways. If we’re working on trying to improve something, he’ll just keep practicing and practicing until he masters it so he deserves the success."

The tournament at Rockliffe is of a very high standard on a difficult course and attracts some of the best junior golfers from around the county.

James said: “I am really happy with how things have gone this season, and to win the Race 2 Rockcliffe competition feels great.

"I would especially like to thank Doug Brolls, my sponsors and my junior liaison officers at Chester-le-Street Golf Club for their continued support and advice.”