CHRIS HANSON, gearing up for the Tour Championship, the finale to the PGA Eurpro Tour in France on October 20, kept up his solid scoring from the last event, the Ladbrokes Masters in Spain where he tied sixth on seven under par, by finishing third in the Yorkshire PGA pro-am at Pontefract.
The Crosland Heath tour player shot 79, two back from Dan Thomas, from Baildon, who scored his first Yorkshire PGA win, and one behind Nick Ludwell.
Bradley Park assistant Deana Rushworth played off the ladies tees and claimed a top 10 place on 73 alongside John Wells, Aran Wainwright and Alex Belt, all North Region winners.
Leading scores: 68 – D Thomas (Baildon). 69 – N Ludwell (Selby). 70 – C Hanson (Crosland Heath), G Bell (Eaglescliffe), D Littlewood (Calverley). 71 – A Turner (Knaresborough). 72 – P O’Donnell (Cookridge Hall). 73 – J Wells (Cherry Burton), D Rushworth (Bradley Park), A Wainwright (Selby), W Allercroft (Concorde Park), J Drinkall (Allerthorpe Park), A Belt (Bridlington Links).
Willow Valley have reached the English final of the Home Nations Inter-Club Junior Championship at The Oxfordshire on October 27 by claiming the second of two qualifying places in the North Region qualifier at Cookridge Hall.
The Clifton club earned their place at the Leeds venue as winners of the Halifax, Huddersfield Union Junior League final.
With one gross score and four net scores to count – the highest score of the six-man teams was discounted – Willow Valley totalled 376.
Tom Calvert (6) shot a gross 73, the second best of the day, and net scores were:
Tom Brancker (19), 71; Lewis Howell (6), 76; George Branch (11), 77; Tom Pinder (20) 79; Ali Butters (12), 82 discounted.
Seve Ballesteros is reported to be ‘gravely ill’ in hospital in Madrid.