Maxitours at delightful Dunham

North Wales Thursday 21st February – one space
Vale of Llangollen Friday 22nd Feb – spaces for teams of 4 at this must play treasure!!

Maxitours at delightful Dunham Forest
Around 100 selfish Maxitours golfers left their sweethearts at home and teed off in the Valentines Day sunshine at superb Dunham Forest today. It is hard to believe that we are still in F E B R U A R Y- the birds were singing and more than a few players were wearing tee shirts as the air mass moving up from Africa kept our Cheshire golfers very warm.

The course was incredibly dry and the greens were superb for our players today. Head Greenkeeper Davis Lippiate has done a truly great job getting the summer scorched fairways back to their usual excellent condition. He is incredibly switched on and planted a new species of grass seeds in the Autumn which can grow in just 4 degrees throughout the Winter- great work David.

Mike and Leslie Saxon run a tight ship and their lovely Clubhouse looks great after recent refurbishment work. Thanks to all your super staff for their hospitality.

There were plenty of frustrated squirrels on the course today. It is a very important time for mating with Spring around the corner and the squirrels need to be left alone in their natural habitat. Unfortunately Tim Johnsons wild tee shots kept disturbing them. ‘By hell there’s a lot of squirrels on that course!’ He reported after his round.

Romantic Dave Greenwood isn’t daft and he chose Valentines day to treat his attractive girlfriend Sarah with a round of golf. They scored a dreamy 40 points together ‘We have shared a wonderful afternoon together’ He concluded. James Shipstone is not quite so romantic and needs to look out. His lovely wife Alison paid the entry fee this morning and then decided to swap partners. She teamed up with the good-looking John Hunt instead and they were in the prizes.

It was so nice out there even I dusted down a couple of clubs and hit some balls off the quality Dunham turf. Dan Moore was so impressed with my swing he decided to get a closer look and hit a vicious hook off the 11th tee which whistled past my right ear and came to rest in the middle of the practice ground.

Mark Stanger turned up again in his red Ferrari California but unfortunately he struggled to find the hole with his golf ball. His Ferrari did find a hole on the way to the course however- a pothole caused by this winters frosty mornings -and Bolton council could be facing a hefty bill for damage to his suspension.

Roger Percival has a terrific short game but can struggle with his long approach shorts. Today he hit a ‘Quasimodo shot’ into the last green (Don’t want that back) to win nearest the pin. Nigel Hall was closest on the 8th.

Mike Verdon(15) was surprised to see his partner John Morgan(23) play well and was astonished to score 46 points and 5th place.
John Moorfield(6) and Mark Pasquall(12) finished in 4th with an excellent 47 points. They had a best of the day 26 points on the front nine.
It is great to see Knutsford nice guys Dave Kelly(9) and Dave Harlow(17) in the prizes. Kelly is playing well after some winter sun in Portugal. Under the gun over the closing holes Dave Harlow birdied one of the toughest par threes in Cheshire (15th) and then they played the closing three testing holes in level par to seal a super performance.

Lymm’s Martin France(3) and Peter Atherton(11) had five birdies between them as they scored 48 points. Martin had five birdies and Pete had none.
Winning on a better back nine was the ever present Brian Hopkins(4) and Gary Bresnahan(14) from Shrigley Hall. Brian has had a quiet spell without a win for a couple of years but he was on form today. ‘The greens were tremendous’ he reported ‘We knocked some putts in today!’

Thanks to all players for your support and 100% attendance.
Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the Pin 8th Nigel Hall Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin in 2 on 18th Roger Percival Doz AD333
2’s sweep £160 5 Pro V1s or 11 srixons
Martin France, Steve Hall, Dave Harlow, Mick Mahon , Neil Painter, Gav Sutcliffe Simon Walton Dave Sully John Wallis Andy Oakes

Dunham Forest 14-Feb-2019
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Brian Hopkins, Gary Bresnahan 48 12 Galvin Green Bay windstopper
2 Martin France, Peter Atherton 48 11 Sunice quilted top each
3 David Kelly, Dave Harlow 47 10 Greg Norman KGC top
4 Mark Pasquall, John Moorfield 47 9 Maxitours shirt each
5 Mike Verdon, John Morgan 46 8 Maxitours shirt each
6 Frank Hindle, Mick Mahon 45 7 Maxitours shirt each
7 Jim Caldwell, John Hulme 45 6 Stuburt top
8 Mike Lamb, Mike Clewley 44 5 Stuburt top
9 Alison Shipstone, John Hunt 43 4 Maxitours bag towel
10 Peter Griggs, Peter Dobson 43 3 Maxitours bag towel
11 Chris Adams, Steve Hall 43 2
12 Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson 43 1
13= Aiden Hoosen, Gary Hornby 43
13= Colin Berry, Steve Aspinall 43
13= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews 43
13= Dave Mason, Dave Marchant 43
13= John Farnsworth, Richard Palmer 43
18= Neil Painter, Darren Beckford 42
18= Peter Veitch, Andy Veitch 42
18= James Shipstone, Denis O’Neill 42
18= Paul Fell, Dave Cooper 42
22= Paul Wrigley, Gav Sutcliffe 41
22= Mick Jones, Dan Moss 41
22= Simon Hemsley, Ian King 41
22= Chris Church, Charles Beadle 41
26= Dave Greenwood, Sarah Ormrod 40
26= Richard Booth, Tim Johnson 40
26= John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew 40
26= Simon Walton, Leo Sewell 40
30= Dave Sully, Ian Appleton 39
30= John Wallis, Dave Tongue 39
30= Alan Pengelly, Darren Whittaker 39
30= Tony Jennison, Dan Moore 39
30= Pete Booth , Jim Clarke 39
35= David Wilkinson, Rob Weston 38
35= Steve Foxcroft, Trevor Webb 38
35= Jim Cox, Steve Rigby 38
35= Les Russon, Paul Carroll 38
35= Bob Eastwood, Stuart Reynolds 38
40= John Pratt, Safari Dave 37
40= Gareth Bradley, Mike Spencer 37
40= Dave Fellows, Stuart Blake 37
40= Richard Johnson, Andy Oakes 37
40= Roger Percival, Ed Wilkinson 37
45= Nigel Ashton, Mark Hughes 36
45= Nathan Pugh, Brian Yardley 36
47= Graham Davenport, Richard Wakefield 34
47= Mark Haggerty, Graham Jackson 34
49= Dave Goodwin, Paul Woodbine 33
49= Paul Robinson, Phil McCurry 33

North Wales start sheet Thursday 21st Feb
9.12 David Kelly x4
9.21 Colin Roberts x4
9.30 Jim Caldwell x4
9.39 Simon Hemsley x4
9.48 Dave Blood x4
9.57 Ed Pysden x4
10.06 Phil Vokes x4
10.15 Neil Drummond x4 tbc
10.24 Dave Sully x4
10.33 Paul Fell x4
10.42 John Hunt x4
10.51 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.00 Chris Adams x4
11.09 Les Russon x4
11.18 Nigel Hallows x4
11.27 Ian Hellens x4
11.36 Steve Aspinall x4
11.45 Neil Drummond x4
11.54 Dave Blease x4
12.03 Neil Edwards x4
12.12 Neil Edwards x4
12.21 Phil Maher x4
12.30 Stuart Reynolds x4
12.39 Sam Leach x4
12.48 Mick Mahon x4
12.57 Joe Yates x4
1.06 Paul Rudkin x4
1.12 Roger Percival x4
1.21 Brian Hopkins x4
1.30 Dave Goodwin x4

Vale Of Llangollen start sheet
Friday 22nd Feb

9.00Colin Roberts x4
9.09 Simon Hemsley x4
9.18 Jim Caldwell x4
9.27
9.36 Barry Simpson x4.
9.45
9.54 Tom Butler x4.
10.03 Neil Drummond x4.
10.12 Chih Hu x4.
10.21 Paul Evans x4
10.30 Mick Mahon x4.
10.48
10.57 Paul Robinson x4.
11.06 Ian Walters x4.
11.15 Stuart Taylor x4
11.24 Les Russon x4.
11.32 Simon Wilkinson x4.
11.42 Dave Griffiths x4.
11.50 John Dickenson x4.
11.59
12.08
12.17 Paul Fell x4.
12.26 Rick Booth x4.
12.35
12.43
12.51 Steve Lambert x4.

Fairhaven off! – rescheduled for 12th March

Dear Maxitours player

It’s a long way to go with the weather forecast I’ve just seen so Fairhaven have kindly allowed me to reschedule this event for Tuesday March 12th.

Can you please let your team know that tomorrow is cancelled.

Please let me know if you wish to play on that date’

I had no cancellations despite the poor forecast – I really appreciate your integrity in these winter months- amazing.

Manager Lindzi Stones and everyone at Fairhaven have also been great to deal with – Thank you.

Sorry for the late notice I have just arrived home tonight from Portugal.

Yours in golf

Tim

Maxitours at Quinta do Lago

*Wednesday at Warrington still on – The manager believes full greens will be in operation as long as the course is not covered in snow- I will update my website at 8.30am on Weds morning *

Maxitours Quinta do Lago AM AM

Tee shirts and shorts were the order of the day once again as 48 Maxitours players enjoyed the stunning Portuguese sunshine.

After two terrific rounds on the best courses that the Algarve has to offer (Laranjal and Quinta South) Roger Percivals team had a four shot lead over Jim Clarkes team.

On the tremendous Quinta North Course they were overhauled after a fine final round by Clarke(12), Graham Jackson(8), Pete Ledger(19) and James Joyce(6). I followed them on the back nine and a great team effort was really excellent to watch.

Third place went to who the Chris Adams’ Prestbury team and Alan Baxters’ Mere team ended the tournament in an impressive 4th place.
Nearest the pins on the final Day were surprisingly won by Shubash Gupta and Martin Cox.

Thanks to everyone for making this trip so enjoyable to run. Terrific wine, food, company and golf throughout the week means eleven teams have already rebooked for next year.

Yours in Golf, Tim

Final scores 21Jan-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce 247 12 Titleist cart bag each
2 Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright 243 10 Hydrolite shoes each
3 Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall 237 8 Dozen Pro V1s each
4 Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell 224 6
5 Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson 221 4
6 Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley 220 2
7 Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane 218
8 Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy 216
9 Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett 215
10 Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley 210
11 Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair 208
12 Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker 204
Final Day Quinta North Scores 21-Jan-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce 85
2 Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall 81
3 Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright 77
4 Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley 76 Maxitours shirt each
5= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson 74
5= Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane 74
7 Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair 72
8 Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell 70
9 Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker 69
10= Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy 67
10= Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett 67
12 Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley 66

Day 1 Winners Not in the top 3 overall.
Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell and Alison Blackwell
Dozen Srixon/Wilson Ladies balls each
Day 2 Winners Shubash Gupta, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley Graham Bonser
Maxitours shirt each
Day 3 Winners Bob Eastwood,Ian King, Ashley Elliott,Peter Robinson
Dozen Pro V1s each

Results from fantastic Quinta South

Second Day at Quinta do Lago

There was barely a cloud in the sky for Maxitours competitors at the gem that is Quinta do Lago South course today.

Incredibly fast greens and the Meditteranean breeze mean scoring was tougher than yesterday.

‘What a course- that is class!’ Enthused Colin Roberts and his team.

Going into the final day the Lymm team of Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton and Andrew Wright have a four shot lead over Jim Clarkes team. Chris Adams Prestbury team lies in third place and Alan Baxters quartet are sitting pretty in 4th place.

I am going out for a meal with Roger Percivals team tonight. (Professionals Tip of the day – always go out to dinner with the daily sweep winners.)

Tomorrow should be very interesting.

Yours in Golf, Tim

Quinta South Scores 20-Jan-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright 80
2 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce 76
3 Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley 73
4 Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell 72
5 Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall 71
6= Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy 70
6= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson 70
6= Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett 70
6= Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair 70
10 Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane 69
11 Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker 68
12 Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley 67
Overall scores after 2nd Day
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright 166 11.20am Tomorrows start time at Quinta North
2 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce 162 11.12am
3 Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall 155 11.04am
4 Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell 154 10.56am
5 Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy 149 10.48am
6 Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett 148 10.40am
7 Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson 147 10.32am
8= Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane 144 10.16am
8= Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley 144 10.24am
8= Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley 144 10.08am
11 Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair 136 10.00am
12 Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker 135 9.52am

Results from Sunny Laranjal!!!

Results from sunny Laranjal!

A terrific first days golf at Laranjal was enjoyed by all 48 Maxitours players.

This is a lovely course and gives players the opportunity to open their shoulders and play attacking golf in the sunshine!

The course is not long but is defended with plenty of water, sloping greens and large sand traps.

Even hard to please Kev Hart couldn’t find anything to moan about.

‘What a venue- that’s the best course I have ever played.’

Martin France was delighted to put his name on the nearest the pin marker after an excellent shot into the 3rd hole. Unfortunately, we aren’t having nearest the pins this week and the markers were put out for a group of lovely old ladies playing after our party.

At the end of round one it was great to see the Mere husband and wife teams of the Baxter’s (Alan and Elspeth) and the Blackwell’s (Alison and Paul) featuring on the leader board. They could be ones to watch after a commendable 82 points.

The Prestbury team of Steve Hall (next years Captain) Chris Adams, Garry Titchen and Mike Clewley have got more money than sense and they came out three days early to acclimatise and this paid off with an 84 point haul.

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Taking the early lead was Jim Clarke, Pete Ledger, Graham Jackson and James Joyce who also had a practice round yesterday and they were joined at the top of the leader board by Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton and Andy Wright both teams recording 86 points. Well played chaps.

We are playing my favourite – Quinta South – tomorrow with wall to wall sunshine forecast. Get to bed Colin Roberts.

Yours in Golf,

Tim

Day 1 Laranjal 19-Jan-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce 86 Better back nine
1= Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright 86
3 Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall 85
4 Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell 82
5 Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy 79
6 Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett 78
7= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson 77
7= Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley 77
9 Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane 75
10 Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley 71
11 Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker 67
12 Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair 66