Rising North East golfer Chris Paisley has enjoyed more international recognition.
Rising North East golfer Chris Paisley has enjoyed more international recognition. The Stocksfield player, currently at college in the US, joined the eight-man England team for the historic biennial Jones Cup Invitational in the United States at the start of February.
Though he finished tied for 31st with his 14 over par total of 230, the experience again proved invaluable for the 22-year-old and followed hot on the heels of more success on the US college scene.
Indeed, Paisley is now looking good for achieving his dream of playing in this year's Walker Cup tie between America and Great Britain & Ireland, which will be played on September 12 and 13 at the Merion club in Pennsylvania.
The week before representing England at the Jones Cup Invitational, Paisley won the Arizona Collegiate tournament to rise to a top 30 spot in the world amateur rankings.
A student at the University of Tennessee, Paisley shot rounds of 68, 66 and 67 over the par 71 Arizona National course at Tucson to win the 54-hole tournament.
Paisley's total of 12-under-par 201 saw him win by three shots.
Over the 54 holes, Paisley signed for one eagle, 18 birdies, six bogeys and one double-bogey - a five at the short ninth in his first round.
He said: "I feel I am playing as well as I have ever played and this is a big year for me - my last year at college and Walker Cup year. It has always been a big goal of mine to play in the Walker Cup.
"I thought I played solidly in every round. I only missed three fairways in three rounds. I didn't make a lot of mistakes, which is what you have to do on this course."
It was Paisley's second win on the US college circuit and his third top-five finish of the 2008-2009 season.
Paisley won the Czech Amateur Championship last year and finished runner-up in the Tillman Trophy, the South of England Stroke Play and the English Amateur Championship. He also represented Great Britain in the St Andrews Trophy.
The Jones invitational, played at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Georgia, featured a field of 84 players, including the top amateurs from the US, Scotland and Wales.
The Jones Cup was inaugurated in 2001 as a prelude to the Walker Cup at Sea Island and so far the title has eluded English players.