Results from pure Preston

Event news:
Lancaster 6th July – full – superb clubhouse catering available
Hopwood 16th July- full
Lymm 21st July –venue changed to lovely Romiley– please let me know if you can’t play.(entries open for rearranged Lymm on 15th September)

Maxitours at pure Preston

Head greenkeeper Jonny Roberts is at the top of his game and he did a fantastic job to get the Preston course in amazing condition. The phenomenal greens were cut and ironed for our players. They were also incredibly fast considering the rain that has fallen. Other courses in the area were underwater but this class green keeper doesn’t know the meaning of a course closed sign- brilliant.

‘Those Greens were magnificent!’ Reported Cheshire senior Captain Gareth Bradley.
Regular player Andy Buckley announced that it was ‘The best course I’ve played in a while.’ His girlfriend gives birth next week so it will be the only course he will play for a while. Good luck Andy.

Registration for today’s event was in the driving range academy so I had the pleasure of working alongside head pro Andy Greenbank. He was great company and a huge help to me and my players. Thanks to a top, top professional.

Pete Dolans team had an impressive 14 putts between them on the first green to get their round of to a desperate start. Things didn’t improve very much throughout the day.

At the half-way house the superb sausage rolls were the talk of the day.
Paul Woodbine had a near death experience when a gust of wind blew the puff pastry back into his mouth just as he was taking a mouthful. It took him three holes to recover.

Kev Hart was cold, wet and famished when he reached the promised land of the half way house. He was just about to savour his first delicious bite into his warm sausage roll when it was snatched from his grasp.It was card payment only and his team just had cash. It started to rain a little harder on the unlucky Swinton man as he trudged hungrily to the tenth tee.

There were plenty of soggy scorecards handed in to me but retired policeman Andy Hall gave me an immaculate looking card. I don’t know how he did it. Playing partner Mick Fenton suggested that it could have been stored in his wallet which is known to be watertight.

There is no chance of Dave Knight getting corona virus. His damp waterproofs haven’t been washed for years so all his team were keeping at least thirty feet away from him throughout the day,

In today’s event two teams tied second with 81 points. Neale Laurents(15) Dukinfield team of John Harrop(11) Chris Clough(13) and Paul McDermott(14) had 44 on their front nine but fell away with 37 points on the back nine.

Ed Wilkinsons Lymm team had 37 on their front nine but an impressive 44 on the back nine to win the card play off. Ed’s golf has improved since he started eating an orange a day. Unfortunately for his waist line it’s a Terrys chocolate one. Roger Percival (5) Martin(2) and David France(18) were his team mates.

The Fixby Hall team took first place with 82 points. Mike Dempsey(12) had back to back birdies on the 11th and 12th holes. John Dickenson(18) Arthur Gray(12) and Pete Newey(14) completed the team. Well played guys.

Many thanks to everyone for your tremendous support today. I had just one team I know well cancel with a legitimate reason. Everyone showed their class – thank you very much this is really appreciated. I hope you enjoyed this great venue.

Nearest the pin 12th Mike Dempsey Doz AD333
Nearest the Pin 14th hole Martin France AD333s

2’s £210 3 pro v1s 8 srixon AD333
Dave Greenwood Munro Donald John Hilton Dave Cooper Gareth Bradley Charlie Bradley Darren Burgles Mike Dempsey Roger Percival x2 Martin France x2 Andrew Cox Lee Jackson Alastair Holloway Janet Heywood Donna Sully Josh Street

Preston 3-Jul-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 John Dickenson, Pete Newey, Mick Dempsey, Arthur Gray 82 12 Maxitours lined footjoy sweater
2 Roger Percival, Martin France, Andy France, Ed Wilkinson 81 10 Dozen Taylor made tp5 balls
3 Neale Laurent, John Harrop, Paul McDermott, Cris Clough 81 8 Maxitours shirt each
4 Ian Hellens, Steve Blakeway, Norrie Irwan, Josh Street 78 4 Galvin Green cap each
5 Paul Fell, Dave Cooper, Mark Hughes, John Evans 78 2 Galvin Green cap each
6= Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Simon Hemsley, Charlie Bradley 77 Maxitours bag towel each
6= Gareth Winston, Gareth Kershaw, Barry Lees, Darren Burgess 77
8 Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Paul Vernon, Andrew Mansfield 76
9= Andy Hall, Don Milligan, Mick Fenton, Paul Brookshaw 74
9= Brian Greenbank, Nigel Jenkins, Guy Levers, Ian Ponter 74
9= Graham Littler, John Waterfield, Dave Watts, John Lamb 74
9= Andy Buckley, Mark Buckley, Dave Goodwin, Paul Woodbine 74
13= Colin Roberts, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant, Any Williamson 73
13= Nigel Curran, Steve Fairclough, Tracy Taylor, Liam Rex 73
13= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Dave Greenwood, Sarah Ormrod 73
16= Pete Dolan, Brian Hitchen, Jimmy Doran, Peter Daniels 72
16= Richard Blackwell, Mark Austin, Andy Hamlett, John Hilton 72
16= Munro Donald, Andy Faulkner, Nigel Clowes, Simon Raine 72
16= Gary Owen, Lewis Ramsden, Alaster Holloway, Mark Bone 72
16= Ste Woods, Dave Lee, Adie Price, Dave Parry 72
21 Pete Norbury, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, Lee Tilley 71
22 Steve Marsh, Steve Owen, Gary Bresnaham, Bri Hopkins 69
23= Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Dave Westwood 68
23= Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood, Donna Sully 68
25 Steve Aspinall, Graham Wilkinson, Colin Berry, Barry Wellings 67
26 James Wilson, Steve Aspinall, Mike Tarrant, Steve Halliwell 65
27 Martin Cox, Andrew Cox, Pete Sinclair, Barrie Simpson 64

Lancaster Golf Club start sheet
Monday 6th July
Full catering available- please support these lovely caterers.
Superb breakfast rolls , sandwiches salads etc

10.00 Simon Hemsley x4
10.09 Colin Roberts x4
10.18 Jim Caldwell x4
10.27 Lewis Marland x4
10.36 Dave Goodwin x4
10.45 Neale Laurent x4
10.54 Mike Kirchin x4
11.03 Koos Alders x4
11.12 Mick Mahon x4
11.21 Chris Adams x4
11.30 Jim Clarke x4
11.39 Ian Hellens x4
11.48 Bob Eastwood x4
11.57 Paul Fell x4
12.03 Andy Cox x4
12.12 Tim Spencer x4
12.21 Roy Ainsworth x4
12.30 Sam Leach x4
12.39 Pete Fotheringham x4
12.48 Simon Poucher x4
12.57 Nigel Uttley x4
1.06 Roger Percival x4
1.15 Graham Pike x4
1.24 Les Russon x4
1.33 Dave Sully x4
1.42 Martin Humphries x4
1.51 Dave Buckley x4
2.00 Bri Hopkins x4
2.09 Kev Hart x4
2.18 Gary Neiles x4
2.27 Barry Jackson x4 in
2.36 Andy Bennett x4
2.42 Andy Bennettt x4
2.50 Lee Tilley x4
2.59 Simon Ashton x4

Preston on

Dear Maxitours player,

Todays event is still on.
The excellent USGA Greens ensure the course is still open for play and the greenkeeper is very positive that they can take the current rain.

I will update the website again at 10 am

Yours in Golf, Tim

Results from marvellous Mere

*Preston on Friday- strt sheet below. Please collect cards from the driving range which will be open to warm up. There will also be a half way house available for snacks

Maxitours at marvellous Mere

Perfect golfing conditions greeted 140 Maxitours Competitors at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa.

The greens were rolling superbly and there were lots of positive comments about this phenomenal Cheshire venue.

Even before his round Sam Leach was looking forward to the Preston event on Friday rather than his game at Mere today. ‘I’m not playing with this lot at Preston- I’ve got half a chance.’
When he finished his round today I asked him how today’s team performed ‘They started badly and then crumbled.’

Graham ‘the pie man’ Jackson is a fast-food loving Maxitours legend and his eating habits are regularly mentioned in my reports. I have also been known to enjoy the odd portion of chips. Today I called in at the Cranford café on the way to Mere and surprised myself by ordering a salad box. Just as I opened the box at Lunch time Graham walked in with his team scorecard and his eyes lit up ‘Ha! Caught you eating! What is in that box! He chuckled.
‘Salad.’ I replied.
He took a quick peek to remind himself what a cucumber looked like and then made a quick exit.

In todays event ex- Club Captain Nigel Eckersley(10) led his under-rated Knutsford team into 5th place with 80 points playing alongside Jeremy Lawton(14), Dave Horsley(6) and Matt Clement(12).

Taking 4th place late in the day was Richard Blackwell(13), Garry Smith(11) Nick Moores(12) and John Hilton(13)
The Withington team of Martin Keates(3), John Owen(11), Kev Hawkins and Simon Raine(6) took a card play-off third also on 82 points.
Taking second was the Wilmslow low handicap team of Paul Dalby(6) Phil Vokes (4) Matt Birch (2) and Kevin Hamilton (scr). They had eight gross birdies between them to secure eighty six.

Winning today was the Macclesfield Golf Club Captain Chris Massey(3) and his team. I have known Chris since we played together nearly every day as Juniors. He won his fair share of mars bars off me. Rick Ward (4) Tom Hollingworth(3) and Tom Silcock(8) all played great to score a magnificent 88 points to take their first ever victory. The team had four 2’s. Brilliant.

The closed Clubhouse saved Liam Rex a fortune after he had a hole in one on the 3rd hole. Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone for another full house. Tim

Nearest the pin 12th Nigel Eckersley Doz AD333
Nearest the pin 16th Jim Clarke Doz AD333

2’s £255 3 pro v1s or 7 srixon AD333

Liam Rex x2 (hole in one)Kevin Hamilton Mark Hughes John Russell John McCaffrey Lee Charnley Josh Street Steve Aspinall Alan Simpson Craig Forsyth Graham Davenport Andrew Monk Brian Greenbank Dave Sarsfield Jim Hodges Christie Beakey Munro Donald Jim Kenyon Nigel Eckersley Dave Horsley Jim Kenyon Simon Beswick Bernie Scott Chris Burrows Rick Ward Tom Hollingworth Tom Silcock

Mere 30 jun-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Rick Ward, Chris Massey, Tom Hollingworth, Tom Silcock 88 12 Galvin Green shirt each
2 Paul Dalby, Phil Vokes, Kevin Hamilton, Matt Birch 86 10 Dozen Taylor made tp5 balls
3 John Owen, Martin Keates, Kev Hawkins, Simon Raine 82 8 Under Armour shirt each
4 Richard Blackwell, Garry Smith, Nick Moores, John Hilton 82 6 Callaway shirt each
5 Nigel Eckersley, Matt Clement, Jeremy Lawton, Dave Horsley 80 4 Maxitours cap each
6 Paul Fell, Ian Venables, Mark Hughes, John Evans 80 2 Maxitours bag towel
7= Jim Caldwell, James Cash, Lee Charnley, Russell Cash 79
7= Paul Browne, John Russell, John McCaffrey, Steve Snape 79
7= Steve Fairclough, Nigel Curran, Liam Rex, Tracy Taylor 79
10= Ian Hellens, Steve Blakeway, Josh Street, Norrie Irwan 78
10= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Georgie Clarke, Pete Ledger 78
10= Martin Humphries, Mike Lowe, Nigel Ashton, Kieran McCarthy 78
10= Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Paul Yates, Martin Reilly 78
14= John Cox, Peter Ellis, Joe Mann, Chris Iceley 77
14= Phil Lockett, Dave Wowen, Chris Burrows, Tery Broadhurst 77
16= Steve Aspinall, Graham Wilkinson, Ken Booth, Alan Simpson 76
16= Colin Roberts, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant, Nigel Armitage 76
16= Mike Spencer, Darren Whittaker, Simon Allport, Richard Coulson 76
16= Andy Buckley, Mark Buckley, Don Philips, Pete Woodbine 76
16= Chris Lister, Bernie Scott, Simon Beswick, Robert Vickers 76
21= Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Simon Hemsley, Ian King 75
21= Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Richard Wakefield, Graham Davenport 75
21= Dave Blood, Jimmy Cox, Phil Hudson, Mike Grainger 75
24= Bob Eastwood, Mike Lamb, Ashley Elliott, Mark Clewley 74
24= Simon Langdon, Andrew Monk, Mike Cooksey, Kul Panesar 74
26= Neale Laurent, John Harrop, Paul McDermott, Paul Butler 73
26= Brian Greenbank, Ian Ponter, Dave Wainwright, Guy Levers 73
26= Allan Brown, Andy Bennett, Neil Worthington, Mike Brown 73
26= Adam Carolan, Shaun Mudalige, Graham Pike, Chris Heptinstall 73
30= Pete Norbury, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, Lee Tilley 72
30= Jim Kenyon , Eddie Ellis, Mike O’Reilly, Tony Tighe 72
32 Chris Gregory, Christy Beakey, Mick Wain, Tony Price 70
33 Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Jonny Barton, Chris Walley 69
34 Jim Lindsay, Bob Mather, Andy Stapley, Alan Booth 67
35 Mick Mahon, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood 64

One of our Maxitours players Bob Pickthall is a more talented singer than he is a golfer and he has forwarded this email;
Like most of you, I have had a lot of spare time during Lockdown. I decided quite early on that I wanted to do something creative and worthwhile with my time so I joined forces with my full-time musician friend, Ian Lawton, to write a couple of songs.

We wrote one of the songs with the intention of raising funds for Cancer Research UK. The song ‘When it’s Really Really Over’ is about all the things we long for after Lockdown and when we get a magical vaccine!We’ve called the project FUTURESCOPE.( for obvious reasons)

Unfortunately, a lot of Cancer Research UK’s normal sources of funding (such as the London Marathon and Race For Life etc) have been cancelled due to the pandemic. The charity is predicting a 20-25% decline in fundraising income this financial year and has already been forced to make £44m cuts to its research spend.

Whilst the pandemic will hopefully be behind us this time next year, the need for Cancer Research goes on! My wife, Jenny, and I have both recovered from Cancer due to amazing improvements in treatments over the past 20 years. We are committed to keeping these improvements moving forward to help future generations.

We hope that you can help by doing 3 things:
1. Watch and hopefully enjoy the Video to our song, ‘When it’s Really Really Over’, use the following link
For best AUDIO/VISUAL go to You Tube on a Smart TV, Search IANROB for the video.
2. Please donate if you can. To donate press this link to the Cancer Giving page

3. Please pass on to friends, family and colleagues (10 other or more if you can). Momentum is so vitally important to maximise the fundraising.
Your donation and sharing of the details will make a great difference and

See our other song ‘Let the World Unite’ by following the link IANROB- Unite. You’ll find both songs if you search for IANROB on YouTube on your Smart TV.

Preston start sheet
Friday 3rd July

9.50 Ian King x4.
10.00 Colin Roberts x4.
10.10 Gareth Winston x4
10.20 Steve Fairclough x4.
10.30 Jim Clarke x4
10.40 Nigel Jenkins x4.
10.50 Sam Leach x4.
11.30 Lewis Marland x4.
11.40 Neale Laurent x4.
11.50 Pete Dolan x4
12.00 Pete Dolan x4
12.10 Paul Fell x4. (£50)
12.20 Richard Blackwell x4.
12.30 Munro Donald x4. (£50)
12.40 Ian Hellens x4
12.50 Steve Aspinall x4. (£50)
1.00 Jim Rymer x4
1,10 Dave Buckley x4 (£50)
1.20 Mick Mahon x4.
1.30 Kev Hart x4.
1.40 Dave Goodwin x4.
1.50 Lee Tilley x4.
2.00 Martin France x4
2.10 Martin Cox x4. (£50)
2.20 Garry Owen x4.
2.30 Dave Sully x4.
2.40 Bri Hopkins x4
2.50 Gary Neiles x4. (£50)
3.00 Ian Hellens x4.
3.10 Dave Griffiths x4
3.20 Neil Edwards x4
3.30 Neil Edwards x4



Maxitours at charming Cavendish

Maxitours at must play Cavendish

All golfers must play this great course before they die.

At just 5552 yards with fast running fairways, stunning tees and greens and just a gentle breeze to keep the players cool it looked like the course was for the taking.

No way.

The brilliant Mackenzie design outfoxed most of the teams with the average score being around the 73 mark.

Thanks to everyone at this great club for their hospitality. Rachel in the pro shop is a real favourite with our players/smoothies. Cavendish sell Mars bars,, snickers, kit kats and Rolos in the pro shop. Love struck Graham King nearly missed his tee time after he busily scoffed his chocolates in order to be able to offer Rachel his last rolo. Great service with a smile all day. Brilliant.

Mark Hagerty tells me every week that I get his name wrong. He says reading my reports is similar to the start of Fawlty towers as he never knows what name will appear in the results. He was down on the start sheet today as Mark Hagery which was a new one. After todays performance he is thinking about changing his name completely after his team could only manage 70 points.

Pete O’Neill is a top man and he was looking VERY well after the lockdown (I think it was ‘choc down’ for Pete) He said it was like being on a two month all inclusive holiday except he could stay at home. He got a nice sun tan from his fridge bulb he was in and out of there that often. The Buxton hillside was a shock to his system and the team could only manage a last place 67 points.

English teacher Gary Hornsea has also been taking it very easy at home for the last ten weeks and he is really looking forward to relaxing even more during the Summer holidays which start next month. Despite being a literature fan he couldn’t read the Cavendish greens today.
‘They absolutely baffled me.’ He admitted. ‘I’m going home for a lie down and a another relax’ Was his only solution.

In todays event:
Neale Laurents(15) Dukinfield team were surprised to take fourth place with 82 points. John Harrop(10), Gary Berrisford(10) and Paul Butler(9) were his team mates.

Cheshire senior players Andrew Hill (1)and Don Campbell (2) played with a couple of other tasty players Mike Kelsall(4)and Dave Stewardson(10) and the Hazel Grove team were happy with 3rd place. Andrew Hill is one of Cheshire finest ever putters and he enjoyed the Augusta like greens.

Alsagers’ finest -Colin Roberts- has had the golfing week of his entertaining life. After three years without a prize he followed up a surprise third place at Vale Royal yesterday with a second place today! Incredible. They had a run of four six-point holes on the back nine and they were about the only team on the course to master the tricky Cavendish greens. Their 85 points was good enough to take 2nd place.
Well played Colin(18), Andy Williamson(14), Dave Marchant(16) and Dave Mason(13). Brilliant.

Winning today were the strange talking local Matlock team of Mick Wain(8) Don Claxton(2) Tony Price(11) and Sean Heenan (24). Sean had the shots and it looked like he was the danger man but he only came on the card once. It was 2 handicapper Don Claxton who picked up four birdies- the most impressive being on the tough tenth hole where he received a shot. These guys know the course and they used their local knowledge very well. Great golf chaps.

Thank you for another full field once again. Amazing. Two long but great days. I’m off to bed.

Nearest the Pin 15th 4ft 5inch Andy Williamson Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin 17th Jordan Brown 6 inches Dozen AD333

2’s £142.50 3 pro v1s each or 6 srixon Ad 333
Steve Blakeway x2 Anne Greenough Andy Brechin Rick Cotton Simon Ledger Tony Evans Jordan Brown Mark Gebbie Tony Price Don Claxton Don Campbell Mike Kelsall Dave Stewardson Alan Entwistle Alan Squires Mick Jones Russell Humphries

Cavendish 25-Jun-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Mick Wain, Don Claxton, Tony Price, Saen Keenan 86 Maxitours lined footjoy sweater
2 Colin Roberts, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant, Andy Williamson 85 Maxitours Footjoy shirt each
3 Andrew Hill, Don Campbell, Mike Kelsall, Dave Stewardson 83 Under Armour shirt
4 Neale Laurent, John Harrop, Gary Berrisford, Paul Butler 82 Under armour shirt
5 Pete Short, Carl Marginson, Sam Garnett, Rhoddri Giggs 79 Maxitours cap each
6 Ian Hellens, Steve Blakeway, Richard Greenill, Paul Robinson 78 Maxitours bag towel
7= Andy Buckley, Mark Buckley, Don Philips, Pete Woodbine 77
7= Mark Richardson, Bob Kwan, Andy Adshead, Pete Draper 77
9 Chris Gregory, Christy Beakey, Mark Gebbie, Gareth Johnson 76
10= Paul Fell, Colin Bryan, Nigel Ashton, John Evans 75
10= Richard Blackwell, Andy Hamlett, Nick Moores, John Hilton 75
10= Andy Dunster, Alan Squires, Nick Kerrin, Alan Entwistle 75
10= Russell Humphries, Nigel Hall, Nick Longworth, Peter Maher 75
14= Dave Blood, Jimmy Cox, Phil Hudson, Mike Grainger 74
14= Ian Greenough, Anne Greenough, Phil Okill, Chris Wakefield 74
16= Simon Wells, Pete Close, Andy Brechin, Ade Waring 73
16= Fred Bridge, Steve Levitt, Mike Murray, Bernie Mullins 73
16= Simon Ashton, Mick Jones, Ian Cole, Richard Major 73
19 Rick Cotton, Nick Fox, Stuart Fox, Carl Davidson 72
20= Chris Lee, Steve Heywood, Richard Wakefield, Graham Davenport 71
20= Warren Newton, Pat Keenan, Matt Jansen, Mickey Gray 71
22= Pete Norbury, Mike Norbury, Andy Wilde, James Owen 70
22= Mark Hagarty, Ronnie Moore, Simon Ledger, Richard T-Carr 70
24 Sean Ellam, Gary Collis, Steve Shields, Mark Ellam 69
25= Dave Waite, Jordan Brown, Nigel Yates, Martin Horsfield 68
25= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Nick Ford, John Safill 68
27= Mick Mahon, Andy Faulkner, Richard Palmer, Dave Westwood 67
27= Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Pete O’Neill, Jimmy Booth 67

Mere AM AM
Tuesday 30th June

11.40 Ian King x4.
11.50 Colin Roberts x4.
12.00 Bob Eastwood x4 (£25)
12.10 Jim Caldwell x4.
12.20 Simon Langdon x4
12.30 Neale Laurent. x4 (£25)
Lee Tilley x4
12.40 John Owen x4.
12.50 Jim Clarke x4. (£25)
1.00 Brian Greenbank x4.
1.10 Mick Mahon x4.(25)
1.20 Chris Gregory (£25)
1.30 Mike Spencer 4.
1.40 Chris Adams x4 (£25)
1.50 Sam Leach x4
2.00 Les Russon x4 (£25)
2.10 Steve Aspinall x4. (£25)
2.20 Dave Sully x4.(£25)
2.30 Roy Ainsworth. (£25)
2,40 Ian Hellens x4,
2.50 Paul Dalby x4.
3.00 Martin Humphries x4.
3.10 Paul Fell x4.
3.20 John Cox tbc
3.30 Jim Kenyon x4.
3,40 Jim Kenyon x4.
3.50 Jim Kenyon x4.
4.00 Dave Blood x4
4.10 Allan Brown x4
4.20 Chris Lister x4
4.30 Steve Fairclough x4.
4.40 Gary Neiles x4 (£50)
4.50 Richard Blackwell x4.
5.00 James Callow x4 (£50)
5.10 Andrew Cornes x4
5.20 Andy Buckley x4.
5.30 Mark Ellam x4