ADAM Chapman claimed his first professional title with a superb golfing display in Cheshire.

The Windermere ace shot rounds of 65 and 71 to win the 1836 tour’s Dunham Forest event by an impressive six strokes.

Chapman, a member at Carus Green Golf Club, near Kendal, shone over two days of competition to move to the top of the Order of Merit, with 1259 points. Ashton Turner is in second place with 1,115 points.

The South Cumbrian star’s efforts also landed him £2,700 in prize money, leaving him top of the money list as well, with £4,075 already picked up in 2017.

“I’m delighted to have secured my first professional win,” said Chapman.

“The first round was one of the best of my life, with eight birdies; then I scored three birdies on the second round, with an eagle on 14th.

“All in all, I scored on the holes I needed to and I’m over the moon. It was also great to have my dad’s support on the first round, as he caddied for me.”

Chapman, who turned professional at the end of last year and spent time playing on the Algarve Pro Tour to prepare him for this summer, has had an excellent start to the season. He earned playing rights for this year’s EuroPro tour at the end of last month, an achievement he described as a ‘key target’ for 2017.

“I’m practising harder than ever and hitting the ball from the tee to the green really well, so I hope that continues for my next 1836 tour event at Wychwood Park later this month,” added Chapman.

The 1836 tour is now in its sixth year, with Callaway supporting the Order of Merit, rewarding the winner with a full equipment contract.

The players who finish the season ranked second to fifth also receive 12 dozen balls and 24 gloves each.

The leading member on August 31 will have their entry fee for the European Tour School paid for by the tour.

Over the years, the 1836 tour has included many winners on the European Challenge Tour and Euro Pro Tour, such as Chris Hanson, Paul Eales, Marcus Armitage and Jack Senior.