Great expectations

Durham teenager sets his sights on the pro life as college golf beckons

Chester-le-Street’s Alex Carr has set out his plans to make it to the top of the game having reduced his handicap to scratch this season and become the lowest-handicapped golfer at his home club.

Eighteen-year-old Alex, who started to take the game more seriously three years ago as a 17-handicapper, has won the club’s order of merit for 2015 and 2016, and reduced his handicap from 1.7 to 0.4 this season.

“It’s been a good year and I was really happy to finish the year as a scratch golfer,” said Alex. “I’ve been practising more than ever this year and building up my CV by playing in bigger events.

“I’m aiming to play college golf in the US from next September so I know I have to work hard on and off the course to get there.”

Alex counts a fifth-place finish at the Northern Masters at Rockliffe Hall as one of his biggest achievements of the season, though getting to scratch and building his experience was his main goal.

“I had five offers from colleges last year but wanted to build a better record in the UK and get to scratch. I’ve got another season of golf here to improve further before starting college.

“I’d love to turn pro and make a living in golf, but there’s a long road between where I am right now and getting there.”