Open heartbreak for Marsh - but Hanson qualifies

Nick  Marsh
Nick Marsh

Elland’s Nick Marsh suffered play-off heartbreak in failing to qualify for this year’s Open at Hoylake.

However, another player well known on the local golfing scene, Woodsome Hall’s Chris Hanson, was celebrating after making the cut for the first time in his career following a dramatic day at Hillside, Southport.

Hanson, 28, won through in a four-man play-off for the three places on offer with Fixby’s former Elland and Lightcliffe player Marsh missing out.

The pair posted a six-under-par total of 138 to finish tied first with Oscar Floren and John Singleton from a field of 70 golfers.

There were just 12 players to seal an Open spot out of 270 across four sites at final qualifying.

That forced a 4-for-3 playoff from which Hanson, Singleton and Sweden’s Floren advanced when England squad member Marsh bogeyed the second play-off hole.

Challenge Tour golfer Hanson – who turned professional in 2006 – will now line up at Royal Liverpool on July 17 against the best players in the world, all hoping to challenge for the famous Claret Jug.