Former student is Tour topper

Alex Croston (Fleetwood Golf Club, left) and David Ashley (Royal North Devon, right) both members of the Myerscough Golf Academy, receive coaching advice from Chris Hanson
Alex Croston (Fleetwood Golf Club, left) and David Ashley (Royal North Devon, right) both members of the Myerscough Golf Academy, receive coaching advice from Chris Hanson
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MYERSCOUGH College golf academy was basking in reflected glory after one of their former students – Chris Hanson – topped the standings in the PGA EuroPro Tour order of merit.

Chris picked up £37,000 as he headed the listings for 2010-11.

And he showed he was prepared to put something back to the college which shaped his game by making a return there, which had a practical – as well as nostalgic – purpose.

Hanson returned to the College’s golf academy for a week of coaching Myerscough’s current young hopefuls who aim to follow the trail he blazed.

Hanson challenged the students to a series of skills tests designed by PGA Golf Professional and head golf coach at Myerscough College, Craig Lea.

In addition, Hanson and the Myerscough academy students descended on his home course at Moortown in Leeds to play against him in a round of golf.

It was a beneficial experience all round.

Lea said: “Chris is an exceptional role model for all Myerscough College golf students.

“His success shows the students that with the right desire, attitude and work ethic, life as a golf pro on the PGA European Tour is achievable, and a target well within their reach”

On his final day, two Myerscough students finally did the ‘unthinkable’ and recorded victories over the 26-year-old PGA tour pro.

In a challenge to test the students’ distance control at Myerscough College’s driving range, two students recorded higher scores than Hanson

Hanson said: “After one of the biggest weeks of my professional career, winning the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, it was fantastic to come back to Myerscough College and spend the week with such a talented bunch of young golfers.

“It doesn’t seem long ago that I was in their shoes.”

“I hope I’ve given the golf academy students a taste of life as a professional golfer, and hopefully it won’t be long until I see some of them at PGA tour events in the future.”