Hancock has final say
MATTHEW Hancock stormed through the field to cause a surprise in the Ron Thomas Trophy competition at Grimsby Golf Club.
Gary Neal had one hand on the silverware when he carded net scores of 67 and 72 in the 36-hole net contest.
Ross Ward, who scored 63 to lead the field of almost 60 players after the morning round, faded in the afternoon and returned 80 to finish on 143.
Neal, who totalled 139, was two shots clear of Jimmy Cribb, who added a 73 to his morning round of 68 to total 141.
He had also overtaken Mark Genney, who had moved into the lead temporarily with two solid rounds of 71, for a total of 142.
No-one suspected Hancock, who carded 72 in the morning, would be a contender. But he excelled after lunch while his rivals posted higher scores.
Hancock, one of the last players to hand his card into the clubhouse, stunned his rivals by returning an afternoon 66.
That gave him a total of 138, making him the winner by one shot.
Jamie Kinnaird returned the best gross score over 36 holes, with rounds of 76 and 75.
Jack Harding matched him, carding 73 and 78, but finished second on countback.
Three twos scored in the morning came from Jeff Flindall (6th), Chris Tuck (9th) and Keith Goodwin (13th).
There were four in the afternoon – Jack Harding (2nd), Ivan Bennett (13th), and Ashley Maddocks and Steve Fenty (both on the 6th).