The professionals

Professionals from across the region have picked up North East & North West PGA Pro Series and pro am wins in the early part of the season.

In the Pro Series – a six-event schedule of 18-hole tournaments which kicks off the season and counts towards the annual Mizuno order of merit – Tyneside’s James Wilson has picked up two wins to add to his early season success, while James Harper and Martyn Jobling have also won, and Vince Guest and Gregg Tarplee shared top spot at Hexham.

James Wilson topped the leaderboard at Cleveland with a four under-par round of 68 – with Craig Smith and Garrick Porteous finishing in a tie for second place – before coming out on top at Rockliffe Hall with a bogey-free six under-par round of 66.

Wynyard-based James Harper finished in first place at Bedlingtonshire with a five under-par round of 68, with Tom Robson in solo second.

At Alnmouth, Martyn finished in top spot with a three under-par 68 as Andrew Scrimshaw finished second; while Gregg and Vince shared top spot at Hexham in the final Pro Series event with two under-par rounds of 68.

Following the Pro Series, James Wilson sits at the top of the Mizuno order of merit with 536.5 points with Tom Robson (493.17) in second place, and James Harper (386.31) in third. The next event in the order of merit is The Northumberland & Durham Open at Prudhoe, before the Sunderland of Scotland Masters at Westerhope in July.

Meanwhile, DP World Tour player Garrick Porteous returned to the North East and led the field in the Prudhoe pro am with a four under-par round of 65.

In the Darlington pro am, Blackwell Grange’s Aaron Cox shot a three under-par round of 67 to take home the winner’s cheque as Darren Pearce finished second.