Results from Epic Vale Royal

*Additional New Event on the Winter Schedule- This will fill fast as the links course will be exceptional this Spring – Fairhaven Golf Club Tuesday 10th March
(There will also be a prize for the best 2 day team score including the Conwy event on Monday 9th)

**Space at North Wales next Thursday – see below

Maxitours at Vale Royal

Perfectly still and mild conditions made for a very enjoyable day at the lovely Vale Royal complex. This is an exceptional venue with possibly the best Winter greens in Cheshire and always a firm favourite with our players. Thanks to all the staff for their hospitality.

All the reports from my players after their rounds were very positive indeed.

It was great to be back on British soil after living the dream in Portugal and I really enjoyed the cool dank, cloudy conditions in Cheshire today.

The report is slightly shorter than usual as I cant remember what my children look like.

The Lymm team of Phil Young(9) Rick Shaw(10) Paddy Moran(11) and Russ Collitt(13) took 4th with a solid 84 points. Rick Shaw was in the bar afterwards and explained how the team score could have been much better. He hit his best drive of the day but it only went 140 yards and disappeared into a bunker. He blamed it on the faulty lake ball he had just taken from his bag. I’ve heard every excuse under the sun but this is a new one on me.

Lovely Heyrose member Lewis Marland(15) was treated to a 1st tee start and he teamed up with Dukenfields Neale Laurent(14), Phil Dickens(13) and John Harrop(10) to take 3rd place also on 85,

Second place went to the strange talking Accrington team. I can’t write anything funny about them as I cant understand a word they say. They scored 86 points. Dave Waite (10) Pete Houston (14) Connor Taylor (10) and Jordan Brown(4) were the team members.

Winning today was the Sandiway/Lymm team of Alan Forber(15) Gary Neiles (6) John Norton(12) and Jimmy ‘five pars’ Ainscough(21) who made the most of his 16 shots. Well played guys I am delighted you had a great day.

Thanks to all players for your 100% attendance once again,

Tim

Nearest the Pin 16th Alan Pengelly Doz AD333
Nearest the pin 10th Phil Vokes Doz AD333

2;s £160
Dave Wainwright Steve Heywood Barry Wilson John Moorfield Phil Vokes Paul Dalby Matt Birch 6 pro V1s or 15 Ad 333

Vale Royal 22-Jan-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Gary Neiles, Alan Forber, John Norton, Jimmy Ainscough 88 12 FJ Chillout top each
2 David Waite, Pete Houston, Connor Taylor, Jordan Brown 86 10 Under Armour shirt each
3 Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Neale Laurent, John Harrop 85 8 Under Armour shirt each
4 Rick Shaw, Phil Young, Paddy Moran , Russ Sollitt 85 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Paul Dalby, Matt Birch, Phil Vokes, Barney Ross 84 4 Maxitours scorecard holder
6 Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly, Steve Marsh, Martin Keates 84 2 Maxitours scorecard holder
7 Jim Caldwell, Liam Pilikington, Andrew Aherne, James Cash 83
8= Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Barry Wilson, Graham Wilkinson 82
8= Ste Woods, Adie Price, Dave Lee, Brian Smith 82
8= Simon Poucher, Moby Rawthore, Dave Carlisle, Brendan Lieghton 82
8= Colin Lynch, Rob Hands, Arthur Holmes, Stuart Heaton 82
12= Les Russon, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks, Rob Harris 81
12= Brian Greenbank, Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright, Guy Levers 81
12= Martin Humphries, John Evans, Dave Hest, Adrian Brown 81
15= Pete Tomlinson, Bill Smith, Ian Stanton, Chris Garett 80
15= Pete Fotheringham, Tim Royle, Mark Rowden, Neil Coverley 80
15= Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe 80
18= Richard Blackwell, Sarah Ormrod, John Hilton, Dave Greenwood 79
18= Gareth Bradley, Joe Kirwan, Reg Maddock, Ian Handy 79
18= Martin Higgins, Russell Humphries, Peter Maher, Charles Beadle 79
21= David Kelly, David Wilkinson, Bob Sutton, Stuart Blake 77
21= John Moorfield, Mark Paquall, Dave Tongue, Andy Shaw 77
23 Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Darren Beckford, Neil Painter 76
24= Pat O’Dowd, Ross Birch, Des Kelly, Mike Hall 74
24= Colin Roberts, Dave Marchant, Bob Sinclair, Neil Armitage 74
24= Mike George, Chris Iceley, Kris Icely, Gordon Tilzey 74
27 Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood, Graham Davenport, Dave Sully 73
28 Sam Leach, Bob Chester, Jim Hodges, Jonny Barton 72

North Wales start sheet
Thursday 30th Jauary

9.20 Colin Roberts x4
9.30
9.38 Chris Adams x4
9.47 Jim Clarke x4
9.56 Dave Blood x4
10.05 Jim Caldwell x4
10.14 Mike George x4
10.23 Richard Blackwellx4
10.32 Steve Aspinall x4
10.41 Paul Fell x4
10.50 Kev Hart x4
10.59 Simon Hemsley x4
11.08 Ray Tennant x4
11.16 Roger Percival x4
11.25 Simon Willway x4
11.34 Bri Hopkins x4
11.43 Gary Neiles x4
11.52 Peter Maher x4
12.01
12.10 Neil Edwards x4
12.18 Neil Edwards x4
12.27 Ian Hellens x4
12.35 Simon Ashton x4
12.54 Dave Griffiths x4
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Results from wonderful Warrington

Maxitours at a Windy but dry Warrington

Thank you to Warrington Golf Club for being wonderful hosts and to all the staff for their hospitality and especially Head Greenkeeper McCouglin for presenting the course in super condition for the time of year under trying conditions earlier in the week.

No main report today as I am still away in Portugal but word got back to me that the highlight of the day came from Richard Blackwell on the 11th (stroke index 1) for managing to follow his ball into the bunker after playing his 3rd shot from a rather precarious position. To his credit he then splashed out to 30 feet and managed to roll it in for an unlikely bogey nett par to salvage a 2 pointer. Well done Richard for not burying your head in the sand !!!

Well done to winning pair John Owen and Ian Bartholomew with an excellent 47 points followed closely by Richard Blackwell and his partner John Hilton on 46 winning on count back from John Hilditch and Steve Lawless.

A big thank you once again to my friend Matt Turnock for running my event this week.
Todays results were:

2’s – £170 = 7 Pro V1’s or 19 Srixon AD333’s
Ewan Dunbar, David Kelly, Luke Bartrum, Martin Keates (x2), Ross Sullitt

NP 6th – was not handed in to Matt and was not to be found on 6th green – Any clues guys ????

NP 13th – was AMAZINGLY a tie between John Lynskey & Steve Howsen – 6 Srixon AD333’s each

Scores OOM Prizes
John Owen Ian Bartholomew 47 12 Cleveland Wedges
Richard Blackwell John Hilton 46 cpo 11 Maxitours Merino Sweaters
John Hilditch Steve Lawless 46 10 FJ Sweaters
Ross Sullitt Barry Simpson 45 9 Under Armour Shirts
Richard Palmer John Farnsworth 44 cpo 8 Under Armour Shirts
Neil Laurent John Harrop 44 7 Maxitours Shirts
Steve Austin Gary Smith 42 cpo 6 Maxitours Shirts
Les Russon Rob Kenyon 42 cpo 5 Maxitours Scorecard Holders
Brian Greenbank Guy Levers 42 cpo 4 Maxitours Scorecard Holders
Leo Sewell Neil Tidd 42 3 Maxitours Scorecard Holders
Keith Park Stuart Park 41 cpo 2 Maxitours Scorecard Holders
Martin Keates Kevan Hawkins 41 1 Maxitours Scorecard Holders
Phil Vokes Reg Maddock 40
Tony Jennison Chris Marshall 40
Jim Rymer Dave McDougall 40
Craig Dyson Russell Lees 39
Peter Fotheringham Tim Royle 39
David Carlile Chris Diggle 39
Brian Hopkins Darren Whittaker 39
Richard Shaw John Oldknow 39
Jim Cox Dave Blood 38
Gordon Tilzey Jim Fletcher 38
Rusell Humphries Charlie Beadle 38
Dave Bowers Hugh Mullen 38
Dave Greenwood Sarah Ormrod 38
Paul Dalby Barney Ross 38
Gary Neiles John Morton 38
Lewis Marland Phil Dickens 38
Don Cambell Adam Carolan 37
Mike George Caroline George 37
Dave Lowe Ian Hebenton 37
Steve Heywood Janet Heywood 37
Luke Bartram Sam Wilson 37
Peter Maher Chris Church 37
Ray Tennant John Hughes 37
Steve Lamont Dave Hughes 37
Rob Harris Steve Merricks 36
S. Blakeway J. Rigby 36
Duncan Bullough John Simmons 36
Simon Poucher Brendon Leighton 35
Mick Mahon Dave Westwood 35
David Kelly R. Sutton 34
S. Blake J. Atkin 34
Steve Aspinall Colin Berry 34
Pete Tomlinson Ewan Dunbar 34
Mark Ronden Graham Davenport 34
Roy Ainsworth Brian Ankers 34
Martin Rose Steve Walmsley 34
Alan Hoy Graham Wilkinson 33
Tony Walsh Ian George 33
Tom Beevers Alan Morris 33
John Lynskey E. Fernandez 32

Maxitours Quinta do Lago Classic final results

Maxitours final results at Qunita Do Lago Classic

Incredible weather once again was the reward for the sixty Maxitours Quinta Do Lago Classic players who travelled to Portugal.

Many thanks to everyone for your terrific integrity and behavior. throughout the trip I have just spoken to the hotel manager and he was impressed by the superb standards and behavior of our players this week. Brilliant.

Here is a link to some more photos kindly provided by Mark from holidays4golfers

https://photos.app.goo.gl/svxTnPkhDkRLB8mi9

Before we list the prize winners there are a few congratulations to be made to players and their achievements this week.

Andy Bennett was over the moon after his first ever hole in one with a superb 5 iron into the 17th hole at Laranjal on the first day – a brilliant shot he will remember for the rest of his life.

Huge congratulations are also due to Dave Goodwin and his team. They set a new world record of 22 glasses of red wine balanced on a small table in the hotel bar. This was set at 7.28pm last night just as the free bar was closing.

Paul Woodbine also set a record for fastest person to get lost in Portugal. He had been on the Algarve for 20 minutes and whilst 59 golfers were in the shuttles heading to the Quinta resort I finally located Paul happily enjoying the sunshine and drinking a pint on his own in the outside bar at Faro airport. Well done Paul.

In the overall touranament Knutsfords father and son Jim(11) and Chris Clarke(14) teamed up with Heyriose man Graham Jackson(8) and Abersochs Pete Ledger(19). They arrived three days early and prepared well with serious practice round on each course. I followed them around today and rapidly improving Chris was the star of the show with two birdies and an eagle on the back nine! Congratulations on a great team performance- A two shot handicap reduction each should slow the likable quartet down next year!

Laranjal on Day 1 was won by Allan Browns team with a terrific 82 points. ‘ It proved to be a very frustrating day for Pete Atherton though. He actually played really well but he was annoyed as he was too small to reach the oranges growing on the numerous trees around the course.

Jim Clarkes team took the honours on the final two days at Quinta North and South. Tubby team member Graham ‘the pie man’ Jackson had a disappointing start to the week when someone told him the Pie Ella was good. His ears pricked up as Graham has eaten every variety of pie on offer but he had never had a Pie Ella before. He was devastated when a healthy bowl of rice with a few shrimps arrived. His excellent golf soon put the smile back on his face.

Thanks to all players for making the trip so enjoyable to run. I hope you enjoyed the four days as much as I have.
Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the Pin 16th Dave Westwood 150 Euro
Nearest the Pin 16th Chris Adams 150 euro

Best Day 1 team not in the top 5 overall
Alan Konarski team 80 1 dozen Titleist Pro V1 or 2 dozen AD333 each

Day 2 at Quinta South not top 5
Peter McCulloch team score 82
1 dozen Titleist Pro V1 or 2 dozen AD333 each

Day 3 at Quinta North not top 5
Richard Williamson team score 82
1 dozen Titleist Pro V1 or 2 dozen AD333 each

Final Overall Scores 17-19 Jan20
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Chris Clarke 255 12 Titleist cart Bag each
2 Mike Clewley , Mark Clewley, Noel Chapman, Mike Thomas 242 10 Tielist Travel Coverall each
3 Kev Hart, Jimmy Booth, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycock 238 8 Dozen Pro V1s each + cap and+ FJ Glove
4 Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy, Simon Hemsley 237 6 Dozen Pro V1s each
5 Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Andy Bennett, Neil Worthington 237 4 Dozen Pro V1s each
6= Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson, Paul Woodbine 236
6= Peter McCulloch, Ian Gemmell, Pete Roche, Chris Hammond 236
8 Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Garry Titchen, Bill Riorden 229
9 Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer 225
10 Roger Percival, Andy Wright, Pete Atherton, Martin France 222
11 Ian Fenson , Dean McFadden, John McAttee, Andrew Mansfield 221
12 Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 219
13 Colin Roberts, Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Ron Sloane 217
14 Peter Maher, Martin Higgins, Mike Cooksey, Simon Langdon 216
15 Alan Konarski, Graham Foden, John Wilson, Paul Davidson 215
Todays Quinta North Scores 19-Jan-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Chris Clarke 89
2= Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson, Paul Woodbine 82
2= Mike Clewley , Mark Clewley, Noel Chapman, Mike Thomas 82
4 Kev Hart, Jimmy Booth, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycock 81
5= Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy, Simon Hemsley 80
5= Peter Maher, Martin Higgins, Mike Cooksey, Simon Langdon 80
7 Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Andy Bennett, Neil Worthington 79
8= Peter McCulloch, Ian Gemmell, Pete Roche, Chris Hammond 78
8= Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer 78
8= Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Garry Titchen, Bill Riorden 78
11 Ian Fenson , Dean McFadden, John McAttee, Andrew Mansfield 77
12 Colin Roberts, Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Ron Sloane 75
13= Roger Percival, Andy Wright, Pete Atherton, Martin France 73
13= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 73
15 Alan Konarski, Graham Foden, John Wilson, Paul Davidson 71

Results from special Quinta South

Dear Maxitours player,

Here are todays scores from the wonderful Quinta South course. Early morning rain gave way to a pleasant afternoon. Tomorrow is forecast wall to wall sunshine.

Jim Clarkes team take a five shot lead into the final day but there are several teams set to make a move on the Quinta North course tomorrow. (please note tomorrows start times are next to your overall score.)

Transfers are approximately 1 hr 15 minutes before your times.

Thanks for your patience today, early morning rain meant the early groups before our party on the course were slower than expected.

Have a great night, Tim

Here are Day 2 scores – 3 teams are to complete their rounds in the morning

Day 2 Quinta South 18-Jan-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1= Mike Clewley , Mark Clewley, Noel Chapman, Mike Thomas 84 Estimate score – 1 hole to play
1= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Chris Clarke 84
1= Kev Hart, Jimmy Booth, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycock 84 estimate 2 holes to play
4 Peter McCulloch, Ian Gemmell, Pete Roche, Tony Gregory 82
5 Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson, Paul Woodbine 80
6= Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Andy Bennett, Neil Worthington 76
6= Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy, Simon Hemsley 76
8 Roger Percival, Andy Wright, Pete Atherton, Martin France 75
9= Peter Maher, Martin Higgins, Mike Cooksey, Simon Langdon 72
9= Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer 72
11 Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Garry Titchen, Bill Riorden 71
12= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 70
12= Ian Fenson , Dean McFadden, John McAttee, Andrew Mansfield 70 estimate 3 holes to play
14 Colin Roberts, Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Ron Sloane 68
15 Alan Konarski, Graham Foden, John Wilson, Paul Davidson 64

Overall scores

Portugal Classic after 2 days 17/18-Jan-20
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Chris Clarke 166 11.44am
2 Mike Clewley , Mark Clewley, Noel Chapman, Mike Thomas 161 11.36am
3= Kev Hart, Jimmy Booth, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycock 158 11.28am
3= Peter McCulloch, Ian Gemmell, Pete Roche, Chris Hammond 158 11.20am
3= Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Andy Bennett, Neil Worthington 158 11.12am
6 Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy, Simon Hemsley 157 11.04am
7 Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson, Paul Woodbine 154 10.56am
8 Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Garry Titchen, Bill Riorden 151 10.48am
9 Roger Percival, Andy Wright, Pete Atherton, Martin France 149 10.40am
10 Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer 147 10.32am
11 Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 146 10.24am
12 Ian Fenson , Dean McFadden, John McAttee, Andrew Mansfield 145 10.16am
13 Alan Konarski, Graham Foden, John Wilson, Paul Davidson 144 10.08am
14 Colin Roberts, Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Ron Sloane 142 10.00am
15 Peter Maher, Martin Higgins, Mike Cooksey, Simon Langdon 136 9.52am

results from fabulous Laranjal

*Space for 1 team at Vale Royal on Weds 22nd
* Room at North Wales Thurdsay 30th Jan

Maxitours at Stunning Laranjal Golf Course

Wow, what a great day!
Incredible weather, an absolutely class golf course and a wonderful group of golfers made it a day in paradise for Maxitours players today.

‘Magnificent!’ Reported Ian Gemmell
‘That’s the best course on the Algarve!’ Declared Chris Hammond
‘Does it get any better than this?’ Beamed Richard Palmer
‘That was the most enjoyable round of golf I have ever had’ Announced Dave Westwood (who has had his fair share of bad rounds.)

The course was playing easier than usual with calm sunny conditions and fast running fairways. There is a Hairdresser in Quinta shopping centre who also sells second hand pro V1s. I was tempted to do a deal with him when I had my haircut last week. Hundreds of balls are usually lost in this event but the quality of the golf was such by my players I think he will have to stick to selling overpriced shampoo instead.

Simon Hemsley turned his holiday around today with some great golf. Things got off to a troubled start when he elbowed a complete stranger as he put his luggage in the overhead compartment on his outbound flight, he then got stung by a wasp early on in his round today. He managed to elbow his way onto the leader board with some excellent golf as his team took 3rd place overall with 81 points.

Jim Clarkes team are defending their title and they had a solid start with 82 points but they were pipped on the back nine after some great play from Allan Browns team which included Bramall’s Andy Bennett. Andy had the round of his life culminating in his first ever hole in one on the 17th with a solid five iron which gently fell into the cup. Congratulations.

If any players are after a free drink and are wondering what Andy looks like I will happily point him out to you later. He helped his team also including Mike Brown and Neil Worthington to a surprise victory with 82 points

Kev Harts team is currently in 2nd last place. But apparently it’s not his fault.

Tomorrow we play the fabulous Quinta do Lago South course. This beautiful course is Mrs Maxwells favourite especially after she easily defeated her husband there last week. It’s a cracker.

Thanks to Mark from Holidays4golfers for his photography work. Please click on this link to see your team in action!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/BmbZnSwiKQECZ27v6

Get to bed.

Yours in Golf, Tim

Laranjal 17-Jan-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1= Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Andy Bennett, Neil Worthington 82
1= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Chris Clarke 82
3 Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy, Simon Hemsley 81
4= Alan Konarski, Graham Foden, John Wilson, Paul Davidson 80
4= Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Garry Titchen, Bill Riorden 80
6 Mike Clewley , Mark Clewley, Noel Chapman, Mike Thomas 77
7= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 76
7= Peter McCulloch, Ian Gemmell, Pete Roche, Chris Hammond 76
9= Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer 75
9= Ian Fenson , Dean McFadden, John McAttee, Andrew Mansfield 75
11= Kev Hart, Jimmy Booth, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycock 74
11= Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson, Paul Woodbine 74
11= Colin Roberts, Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Ron Sloane 74
11= Roger Percival, Andy Wright, Pete Atherton, Martin France 74
15 Peter Maher, Martin Higgins, Mike Cooksey, Simon Langdon 64

Saturday 18th January Quinta South from 11:36 – 13:04 (12 tee times) 08:32 – 8:48 (3 tee times)
11.20 Peter McCulloch team
11.28 Alan Konarski team
11.36 Peter Maher team
11.44 Richard Williamson team
11.52 Colin Roberts team
12.00 Roger Percival team
12.08 Jim Clarke team
12.16 Joe Kirwan team
12.24 Bob Eastwood team
12.32 Allan Brown team
12.40 Mick Mahon team
12.48 Chris Adams team
12.56 Mike Clewley team
1.04 Kev Hart team
1.12 Dean McFadden team

Warrington course update

1 player required for tomorrow !

Dear maxitours player

I have just spoken to highly rated Warrington head greenkeeper John Mc Coughlin and he is confident that unless we get more rain that the golf course will be open tomorrow

I will update my website at 8.30 am but the forecast looks very favourable

There may be 1 temporary green in operation

Yours in golf

Tim