Family Are Real Rock for Chris

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), August 27, 2007 | Go to article overview

Family Are Real Rock for Chris


WITH brother Andrew holding his breath and mum Joan looking anxiously on, young Chris Paisley holed a tricky three-footer to become the first amateur to win the prestigious Rock Tournament at Matfen Hall.

The 21-year-old Northumberland County Champion was pushed all the way by Swinton Park professional David Smith, but his nerves held and with scores of 70, 68 and 70, Chris won the title by one shot.

Although he wasn't eligible to receive the winner's cheque of pounds 5000, Chris was more than pleased to take away the splendid Northern Rock trophy along with a voucher for pounds 500.

"I'm just delighted, I never expected to come here and win this week," said Chris."I have been playing well and my confidence is high so it feels great to play in this tournament and beat a lot of really good players."

"Matfen Hall has been perfect this week and I've got to say, the greens are the best I've putted on over here.The course was set up fair but hard.You had to keep the ball on the fairway to stop it on the greens but if you got in the rough, it played a lot harder but that's how it should be."

Chris is currently two years into a golfing scholarship at the University of Tennessee, where he is developing into a real golfing talent for the future.

He added: "The scholarship has made a very big difference in every aspect of my game to be honest.The coaching facilities, the physical and mental sides of it but basically, I have really benefited from the whole package."

Chris hopes to leave university in two years' time with a degree in Sports Management and a golf game good enough to make it on to one of the PGA Tours. …

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