James Glenn top Durham order of merit

James Glenn completed an emphatic victory in the Durham County Golf Union Order of Merit with four wins this season.

The 31-year-old Texan, who has settled in the North East with wife Amanda – who is expecting twins in February, won Durham’s county championship and matchplay titles along with the Seaton Salver and Bishop Auckland Bowl this season.

“I’m glad it’s been such a good season,” said James, “with twins on the way in February, I doubt I’ll be able play as much golf next year!

“It’s definitely been a purple patch and hugely enjoyable. The key this season has been not getting ahead of myself. I really did take it one shot at a time, telling myself ‘hit it, find it, hit it again, just stay in the present’.”

Victory in the County Championship at Hartlepool Golf Club kicked off James’ winning run. He went on to pick up his second Seaton Slaver title, overcoming blustery conditions at Seaton Carew to make nine birdies in his rounds of 72 and 71, and earn a three-shot victory over Workington’s Richard Mewse. He then finished runner-up in the Leonard Crawley Medal at Brancepeth before winning his third Bishop Auckland Bowl over his home course with rounds of 68 and 67, finishing five shots ahead of Jack Ainscough and Martin McCririck.

James then made absolutely sure of the order of merit title with victory over Ramside Hall’s Adam Charlton in the final of the County Matchplay Championship at Woodham Golf Club.

James topped the order of merit with 1,115 points as Jack Ainscough finished in second place with 460 points and Adam Charlton finished in third place with 440 points.