THERE was no joy for Woodsome Hall duo John Eyre and Chris Hanson on their trek South.
The pair bowed out in the second round of the Sunningdale Foursomes, going down by one hole to ex-Tour player Andrew Sherborne (The Kendleshire) and Adam Carson (Long Ashton).
Meanwhile, Hanson – a winner on the PGA North Region circuit in the Manchester Open last season – will have a new major to chase this year with the long-running James Brearley Lancashire Open being designated as a North Region Order of Merit tournament.
The tournament, to be staged at Blackpool North Shore on August 16-18 will become the eighth ranking event in an already record schedule and is one Fixby’s Paul Carman contested early in his career.
The event has been upgraded to mark 10 years’ sponsorship by the Blackpool-based stockbroking and investment management firm and is certain to attract a big field of professionals and leading amateurs.
Regional secretary Graham Maly said: “Given the increased support over the years, driven by the excellent prize fund and superb condition of the course, we are having to stage two pre-qualifying rounds.”
The Lancashire Open was instigated as a county fixture in 1973 when it was won by Ryder Cup player Alex Caygill.
Other European Tour pros to claim the title were Ian Mosey, Andrew Chandler and Denis Durnian, Carman’s old boss at Northenden.
The record number of victories is five by Ged Furey and in recent times David Shacklady has claimed the title on three occasions and Barry Taylor twice, including last year.
The 36-hole tournament will be followed by a pro-am while the pre-qualifiers are at North Shore on July 5 and the Yorkshire event at Normanton on July 21.
An error in the compilation of North Region fixtures gave a wrong date for the new Rocar Moores Fixby Classic. The event is played on September 19-20, nine days earlier than stated.
Martin Forster, 44, a teaching professional at four Northumberland clubs who also works for a custom fitting company, has been elected PGA North Region captain.