Maxitours Shotsaver Masters at Reddish Vale
Well draining Reddish Vale was very much open for business and although a little damp underfoot all players agreed the course and hospitality was excellent.
The Maxitours Summer Series started this May amid fears of drought and water bans, today was the last event of the Summer and most Cheshire courses were closed due to torrential rain and flooding. At Reddish the greens were hand cut and tees were presented in tremendous condition by the Reddish Greens staff, many thanks for all your efforts to help us have a wonderful days golf in the sun.
Frank Havard likes to mark his balls clearly for identification purposes. He carefully marks his first ball in the sleeve with his initials FH1, the second FH2 and so on. It was clear he was having a bad day when a ball with FH8 scrawled on it was found stuck in a tree near the river on the 15th hole.
Before his round likeable Steve Hindley was in two minds whether or not to order a new battery for his electric trolley. ‘It should get me round’ he said optimistically. Five hours later he collapsed in the clubhouse after climbing unpowered up heart attack hill. After a few deep breaths he summoned up enough energy to whisper ‘get me a lithium one’.
The blonde Stewardess, Michelle, is a lovely lady and does a great job at the club. She looked worried however when I asked her if she was having a good day. ‘One of your guys has an outstanding tab but he didn’t give me his name. He jokingly told me put it under ‘big, tall and ugly bloke’ any ideas who it may be? I think he may have gone home!’
Just then Steve Welch walked in with his scorecard and we both new she had her man.
In todays event John Gibson and James Spark from Lymm finished 4th with 42 points. Third place went to Joe Kirwan (who holed his second on the par four 5th hole) as he collected 43 points playing alongside Charlie Rooney.
Simon Helmsley and Alan Demmy from Bramall also scored an excellent 43 points taking second place.
Taking the honours with a tremendous 47 points was the experienced pairing of John Hilton and Ron Jolley. The sparks were flying as retired electrical engineer Jolley played the golf of his life. Ex European table tennis champion John Hilton showed his class and competitive streak with two excellent pars to finish in style. The two sixty-plus year olds were delighted to record their first ever victory in nearly twenty starts, great golf chaps.
Many thanks to Steven and Jason Ballard from Shotsaver for their continued fantastic support of Maxitours events
Nearest the Pin 4th Lewis Marland Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin 12th Cath Rawthore Dozen AD333s