|*Room for 1 2 or 4 players at Worsley on Thursday and room for 1,2 or teams of 4 at Bramall Park on Tuesday -both next week
Maxitours at ‘pure class’ Pleasington
Pleasington was in absolutely terrific condition for today’s Maxitours event
Thanks to everyone at this Club for their tremendous hospitality- especially Barney the catering manager who was terrific all day.
Paul Fell thought retired headmaster Nigel Ashton was having one of his funny turns again.
The breeze picked up as the day progressed and the wind swirled through the trees lined fairways. The excellent greens were rolling very true but very fast!
John Hilditch is a top estate agent and he explained to me before he went out why he has such excellent selling success: ‘The housewives of Cheshire are like putty in my hands.’
Bramall nice guys Charles Beadle(16), Russell Humphries(13), Tom Hollis(12) and Martin Higgins(11) were delighted with their best finish for a few years as they took third place with 80 points.
Brian Greenbank’s(5) Hale team are regular players and they have been overachieving recently. Today they were surprised and delighted to take 2nd with just 80 points.
Taking the honours was the Hale ‘c’ team. These guys normally just turn up for the bacon butty before play. Today they were on fire and even Andy Veitch(19) played well. Chris Brown(6) Peter Veitch(10) and Ian Goulty(9) all contributed well. Two well-earned pars by the Veitch brothers on the tricky 15th hole gave them a vital boost late in the round.
Nearest the pin 16th Ian Ponter Dozen AD333
Bramall Park start sheet Tuesday 21st May
Worsley Start sheet Thursday 23rd May
10.00 Si Hemsley x4
|*Room for 2 teams has just come free in the Welsh Classic 10th and 11th June- at Conwy and North Wales!*
Room at Pleasington for 1,2 or 4 players next Thursday- Open Qualifying course
Space at Bramall Park 21st and also Worsley 23rd May
Spaces in Knutsford ‘East Cheshire Hospice’ Charity Golf Day Thursday 13th June please contact Letty Whitehead if you wish to play in this fine event for a great cause 07989 748995
Maxitours at Superb Vale Royal
Maxitours visited stunning Vale Royal in the heart of Cheshire for today’s event.
The course is a firm favourite with my players and once again Vale Royal didn’t disappoint. A superb Clubhouse and beautifully presented course greeted the competitors.
It was also great to see the Captain of Vale Royal down at the Club welcoming our players – he is a class act- Thank you.
The report is shorter than usual as I promised to watch my son in a cup match tonight!
There was a huge localised hail storm at twelve o’clock which flooded the ninth and tenth greens. Incredibly Simon Pouchers group on the far side of the course only got a gentle dusting of small hails stones when the holes near the clubhouse were underwater for twenty minutes. Fortunately the weather was glorious before and after the downpour and the day was still a huge success.
Simon Hemsley checked in and announced he had a new player with him, Simon Allport. The name rang a bell with me ‘Is he a plumber from Macclesfield? I asked. ‘I actually need a plumber at the moment.’
Knutsfords Dave Stanhope is focussing well on his target at the moment when he plays his shots rather than choosing one of 57 different methods to take the Club away. This is producing some fine golf from this lovely man. Despite having Phil Smeathers, Giles Terry and Tom Jarvis in his team he managed to finish in 6th position.
Rob Kenyons’ Bramall team were 5th and Rob Platt from Silkstone always come over the hills to play the gem that is Vale Royal and his Barnsley men were delighted to take 4th spot.
Andy Buckley and Craig Schietaert played in their first Maxitours today and I teamed them up with regular players Dave Cooper and Dave Okell. The quartet debutised with an excellent 86 points and third place.
The Hale team of Brian Greenbank, Dave and Mike Wainwright and Guy Levers play most weeks and for the last three years they have been hopeless. Something clicked a month ago and they have had three podium finishes. Today they took 2nd place and for Liverpool fan Greenbank this topped one of the best weeks of his life. Unfortunately, it is all going to go pear shaped when Liverpool lose the title on Sunday.
Taking the honours was Paul Fells(6) Carden Park team who between them recorded five two’s. Colin Bryan(10)Ian Venables(13) and Carl James(10) all contributed well, Congratulations chaps very well played!
Thanks to all players for your support and speedy golf, brilliant.
Nearest the Pin 10th Hole Mike Webb Doz AD333
2’s £230 4 prov1 or 9 srixon Ad333 per two
33rd John Atkin team 72pts
|Room at these great upcoming events:
2 teams at Vale Royal next Friday
Pleasington 16th – 2 spaces
Parkland Classic individual and 2 day events:
Bramall Park Tuesday 21st 2 spaces
Worsley Thursday 23rd 3 spaces
Maxitours at brilliant Bolton Old Links
Bolton Old Links’ Head green keeper Steve Hemsley and his class team were up at 5 o’clock this morning ready for their 6.30am start to get the course prepared for Maxitours. You can see why he enjoys getting out of bed so early- the golf course was fantastic!
Thanks to everyone at this great Club. PGA professional Sean Owen is also one of the best in the business and Liz and her catering staff were also first class.
Dunscar’s Mike Holmes checked in and asked ‘What tees are we off today?’
Graham Jackson was thinking about food rather than his golf once again today. He had a sausage roll in the car park before he teed off and then couldn’t resist a pork pie from behind the Bolton Old Links bar after his round.
There are some great nick names for players on Maxitours but my personal favourite was playing today when ‘Painless Pete’ Moss checked his team in this morning. He is the local dentist. He struggled into 17th place on the tricky course’
Chris Morgan registered with me this morning. I might be wrong but I don’t think he is the sharpest tool in the box. I asked him for the names and handicaps of all the players in his team. He gave me three names but was really struggling to remember his 4th player. After racking his brain for about twenty seconds it came to him in a flash – ‘Oh it’s me!’
There was a hole in one for wealthy Phil Singh from Prestbury on the 17th hole– congratulations Phil. It was his first ace and he celebrated by kindly buying a drink for everyone in the Clubhouse. Top man.
Shrigley Halls Brian Hopkins (5) Darren Whittaker (15) Gary Bresnahan (14) and Neil Worthington (12) took third place with a solid 83 points.
Hale’s Mike Wainwright(16) is the man on form at the moment and he had three birdies in his round to really help his team win the first event of the Summer series. Guy Levers(18) Brian Greenbank (7) and Frazer Gunning (10) completed the quartet. Well played chaps great golf!
Thanks to all players I hope you had a great day out there!
Nearest the Pin 14th hole Simon Hemsley Dozen Srixon Ad333
Vale Royal start sheet Friday 10th May
The Final Stuburt Order of Merit 2019
Dear Maxitours player
Many thanks for your terrific support this Winter, I hope you have enjoyed playing golf on some great courses as much as I have enjoyed running the events!
Congratulations to Gary Neiles from Sandiway who takes the Stuburt Order of Merit crown and wins a fantastic Pair of Stuburt evolve golf shoes after some very consistent Golf this Winter alongside his excellent team of friends.
Finally a huge thanks to ‘legend of the golf industry’ Steve Grant from Stuburt for his continued support of Maxitours – Brilliant .
Please take time to look at the terrific new Stuburt range:
1st Stuburt evolve shoes
2nd -5th place Stuburt Pro sport zip neck
6th -12th Stuburt evolve shirt
Roll on the Summer!
Yours in Golf,
The Final Winter Stuburt Order of Merit 2019
|*Spaces available at Bolton Old Links next Friday 3rd May
Excellent Food is available at Bolton from 8.15 onwards I have spoken to acouple of members and the course is superb at the moment!
Maxitours at Classy Caldy
Caldy Golf Club was the premier setting for todays Maxitours event.
The catering at Caldy is perhaps the best on the circuit. My players know how good the food is and well over 100 fantastic meals were served to us throughout the day. Thanks to all players for supporting the caterers so well once again.
Sam Leach is trying to forget about the several putts he missed from inside two feet. If anyone sees him in the next few days please don’t remind him about them.
I’m not sure which golf course Paul Evans was playing today but he told me that every hole he played was into the wind.
Slazenger stopped making their sub standard golf balls nearly ten years ago but Paul Fell found a scruffy mis-shapen old one in the semi rough next to the 12th fairway. He absently tossed it into the nearby stream. Wealthy retired policeman Ian Appleton then appeared around the corner after he hit a vicious hook off the 13th tee.
John Linsky won a Cutter and Buck waterproof top and he picked it up off me today. He forgot to take the clothing pins out and was nearly stabbed to death when he tried to put it on in a hurry during a sudden hailstorm when he was playing the 12th hole.
Third place went to Lymm’s Roger Percival(5) Ed Wilkinson(6) Josh Brand(4) and Pete Atherton(12) (or the incredible Bulk as he is fondly known as by Maxitours players. ) Percival is the best chipper of the ball I have ever seen and he made some great up and downs today. Atherton also loves chips and he celebrated with a large portion in the Clubhouse after his round.
Stockport veteran and all round top man Ian Gemmell(5) who looks well into his sixties, shot four under gross on the tough Caldy back nine to help his team into 2nd spot. Joe Kirwan(6) Bob Coley(11) and David Hall(11) watched on in awe. Good friend Bob Coley had never seen his pal play such magical golf. Well played Ian- superb play from someone so old.
The very likeable quartet on John Hilditch(12) Iain Bartholomew(3) John Owen(11) and Martin Keats(2) were delighted to score 86 points for their first win of the year. They only picked up 5 points in total after two holes but then the putts really started to fall. Well played chaps great golf.
In the overall two day competition Nigel Ashtons team beat Steve Aspinalls team by a single stroke after two great days of stunning links golf. Congratulations to both teams on fine performances!
The final Stuburt Order of Merit will be sent out tomorrow!
2’s £197.50 7 pro v1s or 16 srixon AD333s John Hilditch Iain Bartholomew Martin Keats David Hall Jimmy Booth Tony Preston Paul Evans Andy Stapley Grant Benson
N pin 10th John Atkin Doz AD333
|Maxitours ‘Wilson Classic’ at fantastic Fairhaven
Maxitours players enjoyed a real treat today as we visited the stunning Lancashire links course of Fairhaven. This event was previously cancelled twice due to poor weather this Winter but all players agreed that it was well worth the wait. Thanks to top Manager Lindzi Stones for being so accommodating.
The course and greens were superb considering the very dry conditions and Fairhaven looks like it will be in terrific condition to host the qualifying for the Senior British Open this summer,
Koos Alders and his team looked confident and full of energy when they arrived until I asked their new signing if he was going in the twos sweep.
Thunder storms were forecast but fortunately they stayed away for us however the weather was extremely warm and very muggy. Paul Stones looked absolutely exhausted as he entered the bar after his game. He had played wearing two pairs of socks and full thermal underwear.
Steve Aspinall finished 2nd and 3rd today . It was the Birchwood Steve(9) and his team who finished runners up. The eight points they picked up on the 15th hole with birdies by Aspinall and Colin Berry(12) made all the difference. Graham Wilkinson(9) and Alan Hoy(11) completed the team.
Lovely man Mike Tarrant (11) and his team with the less talented Steve Aspinall rued picking up just two points on the 17th hole as they finished in 3rd spot.
City fan Nigel Ashton(12) is currently enjoying a beer in the Fairhaven bar with his unused match ticket for tonight tucked in his back pocket as he is too nervous to go to the game. His team thought he had stayed at home on the golf course today after a pointless start but he played great golf later in his round. Mike Lowe(9) Paul Fell(4) and Colin Bryan(10) were delighted and surprised to win with just 85 points – Congratulations!
Tomorrow sees the final event of the Stuburt Winter Order of Merit with Joe Yates and Gary Neiles leading the way. The top 10 in the Order of Merit will receive Stuburt product.
Huge Thanks to Lancashire golfing legend John Gallagher who has kindly sponsored the last two events (Galvin Green Classic at Helsby and today). The new Wilson ball, bag and club range is well worth a look. Wilson have just signed US tour star Gary Woodland as the brand continues to flourish.
Thanks for your terrific support today, everyone was around in less than four hours also which is wonderful.
Nearest the Pin 10th Barney Ross Doz Wilson soft feel balls
Colin Berry Mark Hudson Barney Ross Hugh Anthony Martin Bramwell Duncan Challen Ken Hardy Koos Alders Paul Fell x2 Rick Sym Graham Pike Ian Mosss
**Prizes will be allocated after the event at Caldy tomorrow as teams can only win 1 prize and a few teams are in the two day event (top 5 will definitely pick up!)
Fairhaven WEDNESDAY 24th April
And Caldy THURSDAY 25th April -spaces
Start times below- please check them carefully
Bolton Old links 3rd May- spaces
Maxitours at lovely Helsby
Helsby in deepest Cheshire was the lovely venue for today’s Maxitours event. Playing off lovely parkland turf amid mature oak trees was a pleasure for all. Many thanks to all the green staff.
Cheshire golfing legend Gareth Bradley has had more than a few bacon butties in his time but he rated the Helsby baps as the best on the Maxitours circuit. The catering and service really was first class. Barman Rob was incredibly friendly and their stewardess Julie never sat still or stopped smiling all day – brilliant.
Everyone was around in less than four hours – thanks guys that’s excellent.
Barry Wilson chipped in for a two in front of the Clubhouse which overlooks the green. None of his team witnessed it as they were busily raking bunkers or searching in the scrub. Barry came in the clubhouse which happened to be nearly empty.
Graham Jackson looks like he enjoys a pie and he arrived an hour earlier than normal for his tee time today. I asked him why he was so early.
Congratulations to Stephen White who had a hole in one on the 11th to win nearest the pin. I don’t like talking about myself as most of you know but I also had an ace on Monday in a tournament. Maxitours players Roger Percival and Roy Ainsworth kept congratulating me which I thought was very nice of them until I realised, they were only after a free drink in the bar. No chance.
Hazel Groves Ian Walters is a good man. He kindly supported his home Club who were buying some course furniture last year. There is a lovely large bin on the 15th tee at Hazel Grove which announces ‘sponsored by Ian Walters -because I am rubbish.’ He was less trash than usual today and finished 6th with 83 points.
Preston based nice guy John Dickenson(20) and his team took 5th place with 83 points, Roger Percival’s(6) Lymm team took 4th place with 84 points and Gary Neiles(6) Sandiway men took 3rd with 85 points.
Wilmslow’s Jim Caldwell(11) teamed up with John Hume(14), Andrewe Aherne(18) and Manchester City in house football commentator Liam Pilkington(12). Pilkington looked in despair this morning after last nights events but his mood improved with a spirited performance on the course.
Shrigley Hall’s Darren Whittaker(15) has played Maxitours for twelve years but has been without a win for the last five. His dreams came true with a terrific team performance today, team Captain Brian Hopkins(4) shot level par and Neil Worthington(18) and Charles Herbert(14) also chipped in well. Great golf chaps well played!
Nearest the pin 11th Stevephen Whire (hole in one) Dozen Ad333
2’s sweep £195 6 pro v1s or 14 srixon Ad333s per two