CHRIS HANSON continued in his rich vein of form by winning the professional’s prize in the National Alliance competition at Nottingham.
Hanson, who recently moved to Woodsome Hall, where he is now working hard under Halifax, Huddersfield Union team coach John Eyre, shot a four-under-par round to accrue 40 Stableford points at Cotgrave Place Golf Club, and finish one ahead of Manchester’s Mike Hollingworth.
Partnered by four-handicapper Andy Appleyard, from Bradley Hall, Hanson made a great start with birdies on the first two holes, reaching the green in two on the par five opener and then chipping in from 30 yards on the short second.
After bogeying the fourth, he hit back with birdies at 11, thanks to a 25-ft putt, and followed up with another on the 13th and the 16th, where he hit a nine iron to three feet.
Hanson and Appleyard were two of 10 players from the Halifax, Huddersfield Alliance who went down a day early for a practice round, and it paid off as they finished second among the best pairs not in a winning team, while West End’s Darren Arber brought another prize back when he won a share of fourth place among the pros with 36 points.
For Hanson, though, this was just the latest in a fine run of successes, having won the Manchester Open at Worsley Park, the Yorkshire PGA Classic at Malton & Norton, the Yorkshire PGA Masters at Sandburn and the ESG Dubai Classic at Cottingham – all in the last three months.
In the team event at the National Alliance – where the best four scores from the team’s five pairings counted – the Halifax, Huddersfield’s pro-am team were fourth with a total of 153 points, while the Am-Am team were a little further back on 143.
Halifax, Huddersfield scores were:
Professionals: 1 Chris Hanson (Halifax/Hudds 40pts) 2 M Hollingworth (Manchester) 39; 3 |M Wellband (Leic & Rutland) 38; 4 Darren Arber (Halifax/Hudds) 36.
Team 1: R Booth (scr) and A Hare (3) 34; J Ambler (scr) and J Doherty (5) 40; C Hanson (scr) and A Appleyard (4) 41; D Arber (scr) and J Washington (7) 38; D Astin (scr) and A Cryer (9) 32.
Team 2: R Badrock (14) and F Leek (18) 35; G Broadbent (3) and S Hobson (9) 33; R Binns (12) and J Binns (4) 36; D Whitwam (5) and C Holmes (5) 32; M Dempsey and P Newey (16) 39.