Gun proves a hotshot in Race2Rockliffe

Duran Gun overcame more than 100 players from across Durham to win the 2018 Mizuno Race2Rockliffe order of merit title.

The George Washington Golf Club junior won the gross title following a playoff with Beamish Park Golf Club’s Tom Skelton at Rockliffe Hall.

In the nett event, Emily Baxter from Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club was crowned champion and won a custom-fit driver from event sponsors Mizuno. In the gross event, Tom and Duran finished tied over 15 holes in a weather-shortened final and returned to Rockliffe to decide the overall winner – Duran shooting a round of 82 to win by three shots.

This year’s Race2Rockliffe attracted more than 100 golfers, who have played more than 600 rounds of golf between them in the quest to qualify for the final. In the nett category, South Moor’s Cameron Gilray finished second as Wearside’s William Walter Girdwood finished third.

The R2R order of merit aims to encourage more junior golfers to support the junior opens and Durham County Junior Golf Society events.

Mizuno Race 2 Rockliffe initiative manager Jordan Pout said: “2017 was a great success with more than 100 juniors from across Co Durham competing in the order of merit. 2018 will see the return of the Mizuno Race2Rockliffe, again sponsored by Mizuno Golf UK. The Durham County Junior Golf Society is very thankful for Mizuno’s continued commitment to supporting junior golf in Durham.”

The event is open to junior members of an affiliated club in Co Durham with a CONGU handicap (max 28 boys and 36 girls). Selected junior opens and DCJGS events during the season count as qualifiers towards the order of merit, from which the top 10 players from each category (gross, boys nett and girls nett) are invited to the final at Rockliffe Hall.