Cockerill cracks Top 100 in Challenge Tour rankings

Aaron Cockerill of Gunton, Man., pictured teeing off at a tournament, finished in a tie for 24th at the Challenge Tour's Hauts de France - Pas de Calais Open in Lumbres, France, which took place from June 13 to 16, 2019. (Photo credit: Twitter/@A_Cockerill)

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Gunton’s Aaron Cockerill used another outstanding first two rounds to record his best-ever finish on the European Challenge Tour.

Cockerill, a week after finishing tied for 42nd at the Swiss Challenge, ended up tied for 24th at one-over par at the Hauts de France – Pas de Calais Golf Open at Lumbres, France from June 13 to 16. As a result, he enters the top 100 of the Challenge Tour rankings, sitting at 83rd overall. Cockerill continues to better his results from the tournament before, after placing tied for 99th in the Challenge de España and tied for 52nd in the Prague Golf Challenge last month.

After recording one birdie in the first nine holes, Cockerill recorded two more birdies and three bogeys in the back nine for an even-par first round. In the second round, starting at the 10th hole, he recorded 12 straight pars to start the round before birdieing the fourth and later the seventh holes for two-under par and being in a tie for eighth place after two rounds.

A double bogey on the eighth hole caused some trouble for Cockerill in the third round, but also scored five birdies and four bogeys for one-over par.

In the final round, four bogeys and two birdies created a two-over par round to end the tournament at one-over.

Robin Roussel won the event in his home country at 13-under par.

Cockerill’s next event is the Italian Challenge Open in Monterosi, Italy from June 27 to 30.

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