Craig Sutherland is celebrating after claiming the TP Tour Order of Merit title for the first time

Craig Sutherland is celebrating after claiming the TP Tour Order of Merit title for the first time.

Sutherland, the head professional at Cherry Lodge Golf Club, led the standings heading into the final event at Walton Heath at the end of October.

But he stayed calm in windy conditions on the New Course and posted a round of 73 in the 60-strong event featuring full-time professionals from the European, Challenge and Senior Tour.

He earned 100 Order of Merit points in the process, enough to see him claim the season-long title and secure an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the AfrAsia Masters, which takes place at The Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons Anahita Resort in Mauritius this December.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have won the Order of Merit, especially given that TP Tour events regularly feature fill-time tour professionals,” said Sutherland.

“And what a fantastic prize. Now I’ll be teeing off in the AfrAsia Masters in Mauritius. I’m really looking forward to playing golf in such a stunning location and hopefully getting into contention for the trophy.”

Sutherland – who expressed his gratitude towards members and directors at Cherry Lodge, as well as sponsor Lynx Golf – finished ahead of Woburn Golf Club’s Ben Storey on the TP Tour Order of Merit.