WOODSOME HALL assistant professional Chris Hanson continued from where he left off on golf’s Northern Pro Tour with a superb 65 to complete a two-shot victory on six under at Lancashire’s Hart Common course.
Reeling off six birdies and an eagle to counter three bogies, Hanson broke free of the pack and never let his lead slip having gone in front with a holed bunker shot at the ninth for his eagle which moved him to three under.
His winners cheque of £1,200 was a great start to the season as he saw off the challenge of a small but high quality field of 31 professionals.
Fellow Yorkshireman Matt Evans, warming up for the Challenge Tour campaign saw his two 68s take second place and £750 cheque.
With a third Yorkshire man James Hepworth, also Kenya bound with the Challenge Tour, tying for third it was nearly a clean sweep for the raiders from over the hills at the Bolton course.
Perhaps most surprising was that Steve Parry couldn’t make things happen on his home course, his two 71s seeing him finish outside the top ten.
The highlight was provided by Accrington’s Mark Harling who made a disappointing tournament one to remember with a hole-in-one at the 14th – and he then repeated this feat on the par four 15th!
Sadly on the 15th his shot this time was to the temporary winter green hole which wasn’t in play therefore didn’t count.
The next Northern Pro Tour event is on Friday, April 1, at Fleetwood.