Huddersfield’s Chris Hanson is celebrating the best European Tour finish of his fledgling career.
The 30-year-old attached to Woodsome Hall finished Tied 5th in the Trophee Hassan II event in Morocco yesterday at three under par after leading at the third-round stage.
And Huddersfield Golf Club’s Nick Marsh finished three over par in his first Tour tournament to be Tied 16th, a fantastic effort.
Chris Hanson talks about the European Tour
Hanson had gone out confident of challenging for the title after a third-round 67 had given him a one-shot lead with 18 to play.
He couldn’t quite match that form unfortunately, in the final round, returning a 75 with three birdies wiped out by four bogeys and a double bogey.
With five to play, though, Hanson was only one shot behind the lead, with the title eventually going to Jeunghun Wang over Nacho Elvira in a play-off on five under.
Marsh finished with a one-over 73, with two birdies and three bogeys at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.
It left him three over for the tournament and six shots behind Hanson.
There performances, however, come as a massive boost for golf in Huddersfield, especially after the selection of Rochelle Morris in the Great Britain & Ireland team for the Curtis Cup against USA.
Hanson, who finished fourth in a Challenge Tour event in Madrid last week, had never finished higher than 39th on the European Tour.
After the third round, Hanson said: “It’s not something I thought I was going to go out there and shoot, but I played some really nice stuff and took my chances when I got them,” he said. “I felt I got rewarded for some good golf.
“It was a little bit of a lucky chip – it hit the flag and dropped - but you need those sort of things and hopefully it will set me up.
“I drove the ball really nicely and kept myself in play a lot of the time. From there you can score on this golf course.”