|*Spaces in the two day Cheshire classic at Prestbury and Mottram Hall (just £55) Thurs 28th and Fri 29th March*
*Still Room at rearranged Fairhaven Team of 4 on 24th April- the course should be terrific!!*
Maxitours at tremendous Vale Royal
As most other Cheshire golf courses were closing due to heavy overnight rain this was never going to be a problem at the best draining course in Cheshire -Vale Royal.
Maxitours players love this place and Vale Royal didn’t disappoint with hand mown greens and freshly cut holes. Thanks to head green keeper Justin Lee, his excellent reputation continues to grow- a top man!
Jim Caldwell had to get a late replacement late last night after the usually reliable Bob Picthall had his latest bout of gout. Bob has just returned from 6 weeks in Australia but the vast quantities of Australian shiraz he consumed is just starting to kick in.
Paul Gilbert emailed me yesterday afternoon asking me if today’s event was going to go ahead. I had to email back immediately to apologise and explain that my crystal ball wasn’t working at the moment. I did manage to predict that he wouldn’t come in the prizes and I got that one right.
The scoring looked pretty average throughout the day as a reflection of how tough this layout plays in a breeze. Alsagers Dave Mason(12) and Dave Marchant(16) were delighted with 42 points but just got pipped into 5th place on the back nine by Dave Cooper(15) and Paul Fell(4).
Taking the early lead was Damien Wasey(10) and Rob Fairhurst(22) from Lymm. Damien likes to keep this quiet but his favourite hobby is NEEDLEWORK!! The two friends patched together a good core. I asked them how they played after their round:
Retired Joe Yates(14) and Gary Neiles(5) from Lymm have found some form lately as they took second place with a battling 43 points.
As the wind eased a little late in the day Wolstantons’ strange talking Dave Sayer(8) and Rob Bentley(12) took first place. Bentley only came in twice on the first 14 holes as his partner held things together before finishing strongly , the highlight being a par on the superb 17th hole.
Well played chaps. Thanks to everyone for your support today- I hope you enjoyed the very fresh air!
Nearest the Pin 10th Dave Sayer Dozen AD333
David Kelly x2 Scott Ryan Roger Parsons Brian Hopkins Martin France Paul Dalby Tom Dobbins
Dunham Forest start times Thursday 21st March
8.00 Colin Roberts x4
Course open today – looks excellent
Holes freshly cut
Bring on the sunshine !!
*Great news- Fairhaven Wilson sponsored event now rearranged for Weds 24th April and is now a team of 4 event as well as an event on its own it will also be part of a two day links Classic with Caldy on Thursday 25th April let me know if you wish to play*
Dear Maxitours player,
Vale Royal are very confident that the event will go ahead tomorrow as no rain is forecast after 8am and the course has superb drainage.
My website will be updated at 8am for the later starters.
I coached all afternoon and it was very pleasant out there in the wind today!
There is room for pairs at 8.29am, 9.15am 10.48am and 1.12pm let me know if you want some fresh air on a great course!
8.20 David Kelly x4
8.29 Colin Roberts x2 – 1 pair required
8.38 Jim Caldwell x4
8.47 Simon Hemsley x4
8.56 Craig Dyson x4
9.06 Neil Drummond x4
9.24 John Dickenson x3 Andy Moss x1
9.30 John Johnstone x4
10.39 Mick Mahon x4
10.57 Steph Hamilton x4
11.06 Paul Fell x4
11.15 Brian Hopkins x2 Lewis Marland x2
11.24 Mike Gray x4
11.33 Peter Birtwistle x2 Dave Keen x2
11.42 Bev Crute x4
11.51 Dan Huffman x4
12.00 Pete Maher x4
12.09 Roger Percival x4
12.18 Sam Leach x4
12,27 Paul Gilbert x4
12.36 Barrie Simpson x2 Mike Lambe x2
12.45 Les Russon x4
12.54 John Hilditch x4
1.03 Paul Dalby x4
1.21 Richard Williamson x4
1.30 David Smith x4
1.39 Gary Parle x4
1.48 David Smith x4
1.57 Bernard Wood x4
2.06 Chris Ernill x4
2.24 Joe Yates x 4
Dear maxitours player
Just had the club on Off !!! Sorry
|Next weeks fantastic venues !
Fairhaven-Tuesday 12th March -spaces
Vale Royal Friday 15th March- spaces
Maxitours at Classy Conwy
A Blustery day saw nearly 100 windswept Maxitours golfers relishing the stunning challenge that is Conwy Golf Club.
The freshly rivetted bunkers looked in excellent condition and the fast running fairways are getting back to their very best. The superb greens were freshly cut and rolled and the holes were changed for our players today. -Brilliant.
New general Manager Matt Parsley is doing a superb job and is well on the way to establishing Conwy as the premier venue in Wales. Thanks to everyone at this lovely Club for your efforts today.
Jonny Barton never gets a mention in my reports due to his average personality, average looks, average height and very average golf. He gave me a piece of paper to help me with my report after staying up all night thinking how he could get a mention.
Graham Jackson is very competitive but he hit some shorter than usual drives today. He was in the bar blaming his poor form on his recent weight loss. ‘How much have you shed?’ I enquired to the portly Heyrose man.
Peter Freeman has no idea how to charm the tournament organiser. I haven’t seen him for a couple of years and the first comment he made after looking at me was:
Peter Ledgers’ team were going well until they had to rely on him on the 14th hole. He was faced with a delicate chip over a bunker which was marked as GUR. His new nickname is OKE COKE as he went in and out of it three times before turning around and shaking his head all about.
The best scores of the day were from the early starters who missed the afternoon squalls.
Bramall battlers Steve Merricks(4), Les Russon(12), Rob Kenyon (13)and Gavin Spencer(16) were surprised and delighted to take 3rd spot with 79 points.
Wilmslow Jim Caldwell (11) Bryce Brooks (6) Russell Cash (6) and Liam Pilkington(12) all played well to score 82points but they were quieter than you would imagine after picking up just two points on their final hole to narrowly miss out on victory.
Paul Fell(5) has waited 8 months for a win and then he has two on the bounce. I watched Ben Kinsey(5) and Mark Hughes(8) both make birdies on the closing hole to leap frog into the lead. Dave Cooper(16) was their 4th player. Well played chaps – great golf in the breeze!
Thanks to all players for your attendance today.
Nearest the Pin 2nd Dozen AD333s Jim Clarke
Fairhaven start sheet 12th March 2019
Vale Royal start sheet 15th March
|Spaces at these great events this Spring!
Fairhaven 12th March
Vale Royal 15th March
Knutsfprd 4th April
Galvin Green Classic at Helsby 18th April
Maxitours at Wonderful Wlimslow
Maxitours visited another of Cheshire’s greatest courses today as nearly 100 golfers enjoyed playing golf on the hottest February day ever recorded,
The course is always a treat to play especially with the best tees in Cheshire together with excellent fast running fairways.
Award winning Caterers Karen and Simon are lovely people to work with and they a real asset to this great Club. The professional staff are also on the ball and assistant pro Ben Stanier can’t be more helpful -he has a very bright future. Thanks to all the staff- great work today, thank you.
You can’t beat it when you are carefully checking nearly 50 scorecards and trying to input all the results correctly in the computer and the last group out forgets to bring in the nearest the pin marker. It was actually quite nice today however having a lonely wander for nearly a mile over the firm dry fairways with the sun still nice and high in the sky and the evening really starting to draw out.
I often overhear some strange conversations in the bar and I am not sure if this one was a compliment or not. Bob Mottershead was talking to his pals about his partner John Dickenson who was having a comfort break.
The scoring was very close in todays event with 5 pairs sharing 3rd place on 45 points. It was my ex Chemistry teacher Neil Drummond(12) and Brendan Leighton(18) from Macclesfield Golf Club who took 3rd place on the card play off. They narrowly pipped Knutsfords Dave Kelly(9) and Dave Harlow(17).
Second place was won by two welsh wizards from Carden Park- Paul Fell(6) and Colin Bryan(10) These two live near Wrexham and played great golf after successfully sobering up from watching the rugby union at the weekend.
Taking first place was Turton golf clubs attractive Sarah Ormrod(17) and her less attractive partner Dave Greenwood(11). They had a strong finish to their round inspired by Sarah’s impressive birdie on the tricky 14th hole. Well played guys – great victory.
The report is shorter than usual as I have had a few issues inputting scores on my computer!
Thanks to everyone for your 100% attendance -ONCE AGAIN.!
Yours in golf,
Nearest the Pin 17th Paul Fell Dozen AD333
2’s £135 3 pro v1s or 6 srixon s per 2
|Fairhaven 12th and Vale Royal AM AM 15th March nearly full!
Maxitours at lovely Llangollen
Another amazing February day greeted Maxitours players at Llangollen today. The greenkeeper was up at the crack of dawn preparing his smoothly ironed greens and freshly cut fairways – many thanks.
‘Those Greens were fantastic -really, really quick and true.’ Said Colin Roberts
The world’s top golfers work hard on staying positive in everything they do and this tends to transmit itself into great performances on the golf course. A few Maxitours golfers need to take note:
There is a large sign in the entrance to the Clubhouse warning golfers not to enter the fast flowing river Dee under any circumstances. Mike Rowe’s Pro V1s failed to obey and his three new balls entered the river Dee with an expensive splash.
Thomas Cook pilots Mike Ferguson and Dave Keen played together in their first Maxitours event since they both retired earlier this year.
Winning the two day event was the Bramall Park team led by charismatic Steve Merricks(5). Rob Kenyon(13), Les Russon(12) and Simon Burgess(17) listened to Steve’s intelligent advice and were delighted to take first place (168pts). Mick Mahon’s(164) talented team took 2nd and Colin Roberts team(163pts) were 3rd. Congratulations eveybody.
It was nice to see the Evans family (Tony, Audrey and son Paul) enjoying the Welsh sunshine. I upset sixty two year old Tony Evans last year when I called him a seventy year old in my report. He must have had a child bride because Audrey looks great – at least 20 years younger than her husband. She is also the best golfer in the family and her par on the 15th was critical to their success. They were delighted with 4th place.
Lymm’s badly dressed Steve Lambert(3) Steph Hamilton(10) Dougie Main(11) and Russ Jones(7) were 3rd today with 85 points.
Styals Charles Herbert(18) continued his good form alongside Martin Firth(6) and Andy Bethell(12) to earn a 5 shot handicap reduction and taking 1st place was the Wychwood Park team of Tom Butler(9), Eddie Sterling(8), Seam O’Conner(18) and Saj Hashmi(14) . Tom was the main contributor with excellent birdies on the 2nd , 4th and 15th holes. Well played chaps. Great golf.
Thanks to everyone for your terrific support,
Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest the pin 14th Les Russon Doz Ad333
Overall 1st Les Russons team Callaway shirt each