A NORTH-EAST professional golfer has set his sights on more international success in 2019, which which will see him take part in the developmental competition for the US PGA Tour.

After improving his ranking by more than 250 places in 2018, Callum Tarren, from Darlington, will receive a full playing card for the Web.com Tour this year.

The golfer, who is attached to Rockliffe Hall, started 2018 ranked 587 in the world and has progressed through to 319 thanks to his hard work and determination in the China Tour, where he was awarded the number one merit.

Writing on social media, the 28-year-old said: "What a year on and off the course – I would just like to thank everyone who has contributed, guided, listened, pushed and kept me going.

"There has been a lot of ups and downs this season – the highlight of the year was for sure winning the PGA Tour China number one merit.

"There has been a lot of near misses but that is what keeps me trying everyday to get better and reach my goals.

"I would like to thank everyone who supports me on the inner circle first of all – they are the most important people to me and they know who they are.

"I also want to thank everyone who has messaged, encouraged and shown their love throughout 2018."

“It’s been a fantastic tour. I’m lucky enough to have made 27 out of 27 cuts in a strong competition and I’m delighted to be taking part in the 2019 Web.com Tour,”

The Web.com 2019 Tour begins in January, in the Bahamas. It features 27 tournaments played in 17 US states and four other countries.

Mr Tarren is being sponsored by boutique Stockton-based insurance broker, Erimus Insurance Brokers.

Paul Davison, managing director of Erimus, said: “We’re so proud of everything that Callum has achieved this year. He’s worked hard and that’s been evident in the way that he’s played.

“Sponsoring Callum seemed like a natural choice for us. We enjoy working to support our local community and causes.

“Callum’s success has also gained our business great exposure, raising our profile and increasing awareness of our brand."