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Hanson storms to stunning victory at Bovey Castle

Hanson storms to stunning victory at Bovey Castle

June 17th, 2011

Chris Hanson produced a sensational final round of 63 (-7) to win the Motocaddy Masters at Bovey Castle in Devon.

Hanson started the day four shots behind overnight leaders Dale Marmion and Graham Benson but Hanson’s 63, the lowest round by any golfer on the PGA EuroPro Tour so far this season, took him to the title.

His flawless round included birdies at the second, third, tenth, 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th and left him as clubhouse leader and sweating on the outcome.

Marmion on -9 was the only man who could catch him but could only manage to shoot par at the last nine holes as Hanson won the competition and the £10,000 prize by one shot.

Hanson (Woodsome Hall, Huddersfield) has had great success at Bovey Castle as he also won there in 2006 and was a day one leader in 2007 before finishing third.

This is his first EuroPro Tour victory in five years, although he came close in 2009 when he had a five-shot lead going into the last day at Collingtree Park, Northamptonshire, but a horror final round of 81 left him in tied eighth.

“I’m a much better golfer now than I was five years ago,” said Hanson. “I’ve matured as a golfer, have a full-time caddy and have got a really good team around me. I’ve just really matured and focused.”

“After those mess ups I’ve had on final days it’s nice to be able to put them all to bed now. Collingtree Park was a massive upset for me and knocked me off balance. I had some time off the EuroPro Tour so to come back and win is absolutely great.

“I think my chances of making the Challenge Tour are really high. I’ve played well in the first two events. But I want to get on the main tour and will just keep doing what I’m doing.

“I played fantastically today and controlled my golf ball the best I’ve ever done. I just stuck to my gameplan and it seemed to work.

“It’s strange waiting to see if you’ve won as I was told Dale needed to chip in for a play-off but ten minutes later I still didn’t know. I went to hit a few balls and then someone told me, but you don’t feel you have won until you have the trophy.

“I knew how tough the course is but I didn’t think I would have to shoot seven-under to put the pressure on so hats off to Dale as well.”

Marmion, who shot 68 (-2) on Friday, was quick to congratulate Hanson. “I have to give credit where it’s due and it was an unbelievable round from Chris, -7 in those conditions,” said Marmion.

“I thought me shooting -2 would have been enough but unfortunately it wasn’t. But overall I’m happy with how I played and there are plenty of positives to take from it. Second isn’t too bad a finish.”

Gareth Evans (Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury) was in third on -6, while James Ruth, Ed Wood (Crow Wood, Glasgow) and Nick James (Wenvoe Castle, Cardiff) all finished in tied fourth on -5.

The action from Bovey Castle will be broadcast on June 29 and the next EuroPro Tour event is at Longhirst Hall, Northumberland from June 22 to 24.

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