CHRIS HANSON and his management company will head the St Georges’s Day Classic, pro-am at De Vere Oulton Hall in Leeds on April 23.

For amateurs entering, it is a chance to play alongside tournament professionals, pals Hanson has met on the PGA Europro Tour.

The professionals from around the country include Yorkshire’s James Hepworth (Ilkley) and Gareth Davies (Abbeydale), both former European Tour members who have won on the European Challenge Tour, and Rotherham pair Neil Walker and James Mason, and Grant Jackson (Garforth).

There are places left to join the pro-am with a difference. It being played on St George’s Day, there will be a special prize for the most patriotically dressed golfer on the day!

Leeds pro Duncan McCarthy and his Ignite Sports Co. will be work with the amateurs on the day, giving out player tips on the physiological side of the game, managing nerves and pressure.

Top prizes are being sponsored by Direct Golf UK and the day includes breakfast and four course dinner, and for those wishing to stay overnight preferential rates are available at the five star De Vere Oulton Hall Hotel. For entry details contact or call 07531-0286977

Meanwhile, Hanson put in a red hot finish to place second in the Players Tour event at St Annes Old Links.

He followed a one over par 73 with a five under 67 to finish a shot back from winner Lancashire’s Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold).

Hanson, who picked up £1100, put it down to a new found putting touch following some hard work with John Eyre using the Geoff Mangum System Eyre at Woodsome Hall.

“It’s worked wonders and is paying off, my putting has sharpened up a lot.” said Hanson. “At St Annes Old Links I finished birdie, par, birdie, birdie birdie.”

Adrian Ambler, who pipped Hanson for the Yorkshire PGA Order of Merit last season, duly claimed the PGA Midland Region Winter Series Order of Merit crown.

The Wakefield man from Walton Golf Centre, was joint runner-up in the Forest Pines pro-am to finish ten points clear of his nearest rival in the title chase, Cameron Clark, from Moor Hall.