Hanson starts season comeback

Yorkshire’s Chris Hanson picked up his first cheque in nine tournaments at the weekend (August 19) with a joint 45th place finish at the Nordea Masters. The Woodsome Hall member had been well positioned after rounds of 68 and 67 to make his first cut since the Volvo China Open at the end of April, but a 3rd round 78 knocked him out of contention for the bigger cheques. A closing 67 lifted him back up the ladder but the prize money of €7,050 means he still has a lot to do to earn his tour card for 2019. A things stand Chris is 159th on the Race to Dubai standings with earnings of €136,608 from 21 events played. The top 110 players automatically retain their cards – up from 100 last year. He s

Dan's almost the man at Moor Allerton

Howley Hall’s Dan Gavins enjoyed his best finish of the season on the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour when he tied for second in the Clipper Logistics Championship at Moor Allerton Golf Club. Gavins finished on ten under par after rounds of 66, 69 and 68 , three shots behind the winner Craig Ross from Kirkhill Golf Club. Ross started the day as co-leader on 10-under par with rookie Josh Hilleard, but they were soon put under pressure by Gavins who turned in 32 after birdies at 5, 7 and 9. He added two more birdies at 12 and 15 but could not close the gap although he did have the consolation of picking up a cheque for £4,500. Friday the 13th is unlucky for some and early in the round it lo

Mike Smith's Open Diary 2018

Sheffield’s Mark Roe was the first to toast Open champion Francesco Molinari after his gritty win at Carnoustie. The Sky Sports pundit, who started playing the game at Hallowes before playing over 600 events and winning three times on the European Tour, was Molinari’s short game coach between 2010 and 2014 and only stopped working with the Italian due to problems in his personal life. “Frankie and I are still the best of friends and his game has really improved this year. Through working with Denis Pugh, he is now 15 yards longer but his work with performance coach Dave Alred has made a massive difference and that’s all based about making practice feel like a tournament, where you have the

Bank on Barclay!

Hallamshire’s Barclay Brown birdied the last two holes to snatch a dramatic one-shot victory in the Carris Trophy at Fulford Golf Club. The York track has witnessed some memorable finishes in the past, including two eagles from Ryder Cup player Peter Baker at the last hole 30 years ago in the Benson and Hedges tournament. The first tied Nick Faldo and he repeated the feat in the play-off. Brown’s fantastic finish came after a three and a half hour delay due to a thunderstorm and evoked those memories as he found the last gasp push to finish on eight-under par and get past the long-time leader, Italy’s Gregorio De Leo. It was his first major win and, even better, his triumph in the Englis

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