Darren Grey wins World Championship at Tynemouth

Darren Grey won his second Society of One-Armed Golfers World Championship title with a dominant performance from start to finish at Tynemouth Golf Club.

“I’m sure it will sink in over the next few weeks, but right now I can’t quite believe I’m a two-time world champion,” said Darren.

“I’m over the moon. It’s not been easy over the last couple of years and my golf has taken a backseat, so it’s a great feeling to be back shooting good scores and competing at a high level.”

Assistant PGA professional Darren, who is based at Alnwick Castle Golf Club, won his first world championship title in 2010.

Having led the international field through two rounds of strokeplay qualifying with rounds of 73 and 72, 37-year-old Darren was top seed for the matchplay rounds.

Having overcome Barnard Castle’s Steven Hutchinson, Terry Adnams and Swede David Schutsander, Darren beat Irishman Cian Arthurs in the final.

“It’s amazing to have come through four tough games against four very talented golfers. 

“Now I want to capitalise on this win and get back into playing tournament golf across Europe in the next two years. It’s been a tough few years golf-wise with work, studying for the PGA qualifications and having a young family. The European Disabled Golf Association events have become a lot bigger in that time and are enjoying a lot more publicity, and I want to improve my world ranking and compete in the biggest events right across Europe.

“This win and returning to competitive golf have been made possible by my sponsors – Charlie Douthwaite at CDMD Roofing Ltd and The Fire Centre in Middlesbrough – and I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity. 

“I also have to thank my family for all their support this year, in particular my dad for caddying in the final at Tynemouth.”