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Crawley amateur golfer swings his way to British Masters

40-year-old Chris Hasell says getting to the British Masters would be ‘a dream come true’.



Chris Hasell from Tilgate Forest Golf Club is one step closer to a round of a lifetime with a European Tour star after he won through a regional final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.

The 40-year-old kept alive his dream of a place in the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports when he qualified at Mid Herts Golf Club.

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Now he’ll head to England Golf Week in August at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire for the national finals of the Chase Your Dream Trophy. The top players there will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge and the winning team there will make a date for the British Masters.

It’s a journey which already capturing the imaginations of thousands of amateur golfers in clubs affiliated to England Golf, just as it did in its inaugural year 12 months ago.

Last year, the three overall winners partnered Ryder Cup hero Nicolas Colsaerts at the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House.

Chris Hasell, 40

Chris, who scored a net 71 in qualifying on the St Albans course, was surprised that he managed to qualify.

He said:

“I really didn’t think I had a chance on the day. There are some fantastic golfers in this tournament and I’m so glad I’m one of them.

“The tough course was beautiful but really tight. It was just a case of keeping to your natural game and grinding out a result.”

The 5 handicapper is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Tilgate Forest member Neil Jonas: “I know Neil quite well and he got really far last year.

“Getting to the British Masters would be a dream come true – especially for a golfer from a small golf club in Crawley.”

Bridgestone’s Consumer Sales & Marketing Director, Farrell Dolan said:

“Chris has done fantastically to qualify for the next round amongst a field of fantastic golfers. He’ll continue to chase his dream of playing at the British Masters!

“Our Chase Your Dream Trophy has captured the imaginations of many, many golfers. We want to build on our 2017 successes and create another competition that is etched in the diaries of English amateur players – including Chris!”

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Police drop investigation in alleged bullying of Oriel High School boy



Sussex Police have confirmed they have made the decision to drop an investigation into an incident of alleged bullying.

The investigation was launched following an outcry from concerned residents when a video emerged on social media.

The video has since been taken down from most social media accounts.

Earlier Susses Police had confirmed they had launched an investigation into the incident and were liaising with Oriel High School.

Now it appears their investigation has turned up new information which has led to their decision to drop the police’s involvement and hand it over to the school.

A statement from Sussex Police said:

“Police have investigated the circumstances surrounding a video on social media showing the alleged bullying of a boy by fellow students from Oriel High School in Maidenbower, Crawley.

As a result, the matter has been passed to the school for any action they feel is appropriate.”

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