CHRIS HANSON dropped from joint eighth after the first round into a tie for 23rd as Section B of the European Tour Qualifying School’s First Stage at The Oxfordshire went into the final round yesterday.
But the Crosland Heath man was well placed to advance as the top 30 and ties move on to the Second Stage in Spain, at three venues near Jerez on November 5-8. The final stage of the school is at Catalunya, Spain, on November 13-18.
Hanson opened on four under par 68 over the 7,313 yards course then added rounds of 72 70 to be six under, nine off the lead alongside Ilkley’s James Hepworth with Yorkshire’s top amateur Steve Uzzell, the Brabazon Trophy winner from Hornsea, a shot better off.
Bristol’s Chris Wood, the leading amateur with his fifth place finish at the Open Championship in July and now a professional, set the pace on 15 under par.
Other Yorkshire players battling at The Oxfordshire were Marcus Armitage (Howley Hall), Haminder Matharu (Cookridge Hall), Robert Wragg (Hallowes), Aran Wainwright (Selby), James Mason (Rotherham) and Moortown amateur Nick McCarthy.
Danny Willett and John Parry, two former Yorkshire Amateur champions, have reached the second stage by winning through Section A at Fleesensee in Germany. Willett, who has made a number of Tour appearances on invitations, won at Fleesensee on 21 under while Harrogate’s Parry was fifth, 14 under.
Gareth Davies was the lone Yorkshire player to make it through the Section A event at Chart Hills in Kent and fellow Sheffield player Oliver Whiteley was the only Yorkshire man to make progress at Dundonald Links, Scotland.