Maxitours at fabulous Formby
Maxitours visited Formby Hall Championship golf course and all my players enjoyed the dry warm conditions. The course was excellent considering we are in late March when most golf courses are notoriously looking tired and in need of some growth. Indeed, many courses in Cheshire were closed today after recent monsoons.
The course has held some big events and the last time I played here was in a European Challenge Tour event in 1998. My Dad caddied for me and there were hundreds of people following me around. To be perfectly honest there was an old man and a dog following me around but playing in the group behind was Justin Rose who had nearly won the Open as an amateur down the road the previous year. The scousers had come out in force to follow their man. He narrowly beat me by 16 shots if anyone is remotely interested.
I set my registration desk up at the entrance to the bar and restaurant and had the shock of my life when a slightly luminous-orange skinned brunette with very plump lips and her blond pal who was an even brighter shade of orange and had even bigger lips came over and told me that their room number was one hundred and eleven. I nearly fell off my chair. It took me a few seconds to realise that they were trying to check-in for breakfast.
Scoring was tough on this Championship golf course. The wind picked up on the back nine and the course really showed its teeth.
It was good to see Richard Blackwell back playing Maxitours after a recent boozy trip to Dubai. He had a huge bandage on his hand but that didn’t stop the golf mad businessman from teeing up today. He fell over while holding a glass of red wine and cut himself. ‘It cost me £500 to get stitched up -not too bad really as it works out than less than £20 a stitch!’ Said the quick minded and extremely positive New Mills man. His team finished 7th.
The breeze didn’t faze Mike Hill from Bramall Park who had his first ever hole in one today with a well struck 6 iron on the sixth hole- brilliant. It helped his team into 4th place.
Stamfords Steve Moores(6), Paul Traynor(5), Rick Margreave(7) and Ian Fearns(14) were out last in the wind and they played superbly to finish in 3rd place.
Late in the day Birchwood Captain Dave Monk, retired Barry Wilson, eighty year old John Lynsky (who looks about sixty), and Simon Wilkinson (looks eighty but is only sixty) scored 88 points to narrowly miss out. Retired coach driver Wilson was on fire scoring a career best 4 over on this proper golf course. They were happy to finish second.
Jim Caldwell(9) was out early and he played alongside John Sherrington(12) who seems like a really nice bloke. I have only seen John three times at the local driving range and he is always very friendly but each time he has told me that he is going to the Masters. When he checked in today he told me that he was off to the Masters next week. I can’t wait until he gets home so he can tell me all about it… (I’m only jealous.) John knocked in five huge putts to give his team an early lead. Peter Griggs(11) and John Roome(15) completed the quartet. Well played chaps.
Thanks for your 100% attendance everyone. Class.
Naerest the pin 13th Matt Hughes Doz AD333
Nearest the pin 16th Paul Rudkin Doz AD333
4 pro v1 or 9 AD333 per two
2’s £200 Mike Hill hole in one (x2 balls ) Andy Parrington x2 Simon Moorhouse Fred Bridge Graham Wilkinson Paul Wrigley John Roome Tony Hope Glenn Mills Ian Fearns Rick Margreave
|Formby Hall||16th March|
|1||Jim Caldwell, John Sheringham, John Roome, Peter Griggs||89||12||Maxitours Chill out top|
|2||Simon Wilkinson, Barry Wilson, Dave Monk, John Lynsky||88||10||FJ shirt each|
|3||Paul Traynor, Steve Moores, Rick Margreave, Ian Fearnes||84||8||Callaway shirt each|
|4||Jon Hudson, Rob Blain, Andy Corner, Mike Hill||82||6||Callaway shirt each|
|5||Gary Neiles, Alan Giles, John Longworth, Rick Shaw||82||4||Maxitours cap each|
|6||Gav Sutcliffe, Paul Wrigley, Brett Sutcliffe, Aiden Hoosen||81||2||Maxitours cap each|
|7=||Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Gary Smith, Andy Hamett||81|
|7=||Martin Humphries, Keith Shale, Adrian Brown, Barry Caldwell||81|
|7=||Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood, Richard Wakefield, Jim Wardle||81|
|7=||Martin Prescott, Chris Adams, Nick Hargreaves, Geoff Bickerton||81|
|11||Jimmy McEwan, John Harker, Tony Hope, Steve Woods||80|
|12=||Pete O’Neill, Alan Leigh, Matt Hughes, Steve Dawson||79|
|12=||Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Paul Moonan, Chris Clarke||79|
|12=||Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Carl Marginson, Alan Vaughan||79|
|15=||John Harrop, Gary Berrisford, Chris Burnett, Paul McDermott||78|
|15=||Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Ian Smith, Colin Gallimore||78|
|15=||Paul Rudkin, Mike Lomax, Graham Butler, Craig Gorton||78|
|18||Dave Hughes, Steve Lamont, Pete Gold, Steve Rawlinson||77|
|19=||Ed Pysden, Henry Petrie, Fred Bridge, Simon Moorhouse||76|
|19=||Paul Price, Colin Brown, John Richardson, Steve Jackson||76|
|21=||Gareth Bradley, John Coop, Alex Fau Goodwin, Steve Brown||75|
|21=||Andy Taylor, Andy Parrington, Andy Strickley, Chris Perry||75|
|21=||Phil Dickens, Lewis Marland, Neil Evans, Dave Whaley||75|
|21=||James Mooney, Steve Grady, Ian Cash, Adam McKenna||75|
|25||Gary Phillips, Pete Maher, Charlie Beadle, Nigel Hall||74|
|26=||Steve Aspinall, Graham Wilkinson, Mark Dignan, Colin Berry||73|
|26=||Paul Brown, Dave Carlile, Dale Wallace, Howard Johnson||73|
|28||Tim Spencer, Paul Higgs, Steve Marshall, Barry Pendlebury||72|
|29||Alan Konasky, Glenn Mills, Alan Sadler, Bill Martin||70|
|30=||Mick Mahon, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald, Gary Hodkinson||69|
|30=||John Bradbury, Norrie Erwin, Jim Meldrum,||69|
Prestatyn start sheet
Thursday 23rd March
10.04 Simon Hemsley x4
10.12Jim Caldwell x4
10.21 Colin Roberts
10.29 Dave Blood
10.38 Dave Goodwin x4
10.46 Jim Clarke x4
10.55 Paul Fell x4
11.03 Martin Humphries x4
11.12 Mick Mahon x4
11.20 Dave Sully x4
11.29 Kev Hart x4
11.38 Neale Laurent x4
11.46 Paul Salt x4
11.55 Dave Monk x4
12.04 Steve Aspinall x4
12.13 Richard Blackwellx4
12.21 Gary Neiles x4
12.30 Sam Leach x4
12.38 Roger Percival x4
12.47 Peter Maher x4
12.58 Lee Tilley x4
1.07 John Hunt x4
1.15 Simon Ashton x4