Spaces at the fantastic team of 4 AM AM Vale Royal Abbey Golf Course this Monday! (30th January)
Maxitours at Delamere Forest GC
Delamere Forest was the glorious setting for todays terrific Maxitours event.
Most players normally turn up in plenty of time to settle down in the quaint clubhouse, order a bacon sandwich, smell the flowers, relax and mentally prepare for the challenge ahead on this great course. (In fact this was the venue where Cath Rawthore set a fantastic new Maxitours record a few years ago when she consumed three bacon sandwiches before play).
Everyone arrived on time except policeman Ian Hayles. When I was a boy I was always told to ask a policeman if I ever got lost, however for PC Ian Hayles of Greater Manchester Police geography was never his strongest subject. Ian could be found scratching his head and wondering where everybody was as he happily warmed up on his own 20 miles away at Dunham Forest golf course this morning.
The excellent greens and running fairways led to some great scoring.
Ex premiership footballer Neil Cox recorded 5 points as he eagled the 11th hole, partner Pete Keena supported him well as they finished in 6th place with 42 points. Pete was so delighted with his performance he set a new land speed record as he flew past me in his bright red TT on his way home to tell his wife how well he had played.
Andy Moran and Brian Craven teamed up well and they were able to match 42 points when the charismatic Moran birdied the tough 15th hole to set up a strong finish.
Big John Grint and old Frank Byatt rolled back the years today and played some exhibition golf as they scored 43 points. Byatt rifled a career three wood to set up a simple tap in birdie on the tough 5th hole, Grint however was not to be outdone and nipped in a little wedge from 70 yards which rolled into the hole and sent the watching greenkeepers into a wild uncontrolled frenzy.
Pete Atherton and Martin France from Lymm were excellent today, as were ‘under the thumb’ Graham Aspinall and Ben Davies who all scored 44 points. Aspinall struggles for permission to get out nowadays and he made the most of his freedom by notching up a rare birdie on the 13th hole.
Paul Sherlock and ‘dangerous’ Chris Cyprus from Didsbury with 46 points posted the score to beat. They athletic duo scored 4 points on the 3rd,5th, 7th and 11th holes! Five handicapper Sherlock complained ‘it could have been a lot better if only I’d had a decent partner!’
Skill full joiner Andy Taylor and top scaffolder Martin Firth from Shrigley Hall also constructed a great score of 46 points. After a wonderful opening 14 holes the pair were having the round of their lives, Taylor then suffering a late bout of the shanks, Firth was struggling to breathe under the immense pressure, however the talented pair just limped home to take first place. ‘you could see the panic in their eyes’ reported marker Liam Harrison.
Many thanks for all who played today.
There are several spaces available for the newly arranged Am Am at Vale Royal on Monday, Please let me know if you want to play at this superb venue.
Nearest the Pin 6th Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin 12th Dozen AD333
2’s £110 4 pro v1s or 8 srixon Ad333s
Andy Moran x2 Mick Mahon Roger Percival Barry Harrison x2 Russ Johnson Trevor Golds Bobby Aston