Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Champ Chris Is Proving a Very Handy Player! IN THE LATEST IN OUR NEW YEAR SERIES ON NORTH EAST SPORTS STARLETS WHO ENJOYED SUCCESS IN 2018, GRASSROOTS SPORT SPEAKS TO SOUTH MOOR GOLFER CHRIS HANDY gOLF

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Champ Chris Is Proving a Very Handy Player! IN THE LATEST IN OUR NEW YEAR SERIES ON NORTH EAST SPORTS STARLETS WHO ENJOYED SUCCESS IN 2018, GRASSROOTS SPORT SPEAKS TO SOUTH MOOR GOLFER CHRIS HANDY gOLF

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Byline: Chris Handy

CHRIS HANDY has life in America off to a tee - so much so he may settle there permanently in future, writes TONY HODGSON.

The 21-year-old from Tanfield Lea, near Stanley, is two and half years into a four-year golf scholarship at Oakland University in Michigan.

Handy, a member of South Moor and Wynyard Hall Golf Clubs, mixes studying for a finance degree with playing for Oakland on the university golf circuit - and he is loving every minute of it.

He said: "The way of life is totally different over there.

"Everyone is so hard-working and they take life very seriously "That is something I can relate to and I have enjoyed life so much out there I would consider living out there permanently in future.

"I have 18 months of my scholarship still to go and at the end of that my aim is to turn professional and play on the European Tour.

"However, if an offer came up to base myself permanently in the United States I would definitely have to consider it."

While Handy is yet to enjoy any tournament success across the pond, he does feel his game is progressing nicely. He added: "In the tournaments I have played my worst finish has been seventh and I have had a sixthplace and a top-two finish. I am also ranked No 1 in my Conference league.

"My game feels sharp and being over there really is helping my game develop.

"It has been a good year for me and in 2019 I just want to continue to develop my game - and hopefully claim a win or two on the American collegiate circuit."

One of the 2018 highlights for Handy was retaining his Durham Strokeplay Championship title.

The+2 handicapper played steady golf over the first two days at Billingham GC before last-minute adjustments gave him the confidence to fire a blistering 69 and a 67 to finish three shots clear on 280.

In triumphing, Handy became the 13th person in the title's 110-year history to win back-to-back county crowns. …

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