The Chris Hanson Column

SO, I guess you want to know, from a Challenge Tour player’s point of view, if the Mixed Open in Jordan worked? As well as playing in the event I was following closely on social media and from what I read it seemed that people away from the tournament had quite a split decision on the format. I can certainly see it happening again; it was an interesting format and I think everyone who played had an open mind to the set-up. It was never going to be 100 per cent fair and each category of player was going to have an advantage at some point. But having said that, as a format I can’t see it happening much more than once a year, and maybe it will be seen as more of an ‘exhibition’ than a big tourn

Backing Marcus pays off

HOWLEY HALL’S Marcus Armitage topped the class in the Jamega Pro Tour event at Oxford Golf Club. The former European Tour player had to borrow money from a friend in order to compete in the opening two events of the Tour, but it proved to be an educated decision after pocketing a cheque for £3,500 to add to the £1,500 he got for his runner-up spot the week before at Goodwood House. He dislocated his shoulder on the eve of the Open Championship last year and spent the winter rehabilitating after deciding not to undergo surgery. “Due to the injury I wasn’t able to play much so I wasn’t earning any money,” said Armitage. “Also we had just bought a new house so I had been really struggling for

Bairstow's salver triumph

HALLOWES’ Sam Bairstow became just the second Yorkshireman to claim the Hampshire Salver for the best combined 72-hole score in the Hampshire Hog and the Selborne Salver. Bairstow took the prize on countback from Wiltshire’s Jake Bolton after finishing third in the Hampshire Hog courtesy of a superb 65. His four-under round after lunch was only bettered by Hog winner Matty Lamb (Hexham), who broke the course record with a superb 63, and Hampshire’s Darren Wright, who fired a 64 in his first competitive weekend of golf since quitting professional golf two years ago. Bairstow, who lost to Sam Rook in the final of last year’s Yorkshire Amateur Championship, started from the 10th playing in the

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