Maxitours at Conwy
A glorious sunny day on the seaside links was enjoyed by the full field of Maxitours competitors at beautiful Conwy today.
On the drive to the land of the sheep there was continual drizzle followed by torrential rain and then hailstones. I was also inundated with phone calls and text messages ‘Is it still on?’ As I approached the golf course gates the clouds parted and Conwy was bathed in sunshine.
Incredibly not one of todays competitors experienced any rain whatsoever during play as there were clear blue skies and just enough wind for classic challenging seaside conditions.
Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and all of todays top golf stars have to suffer trans-atlantic flights, they travel through many different time zones and yet they still manage to play great golf. Unfortunately the 55 minute drive over the border to Wales combined with some sausages played havoc with Max Hendersons body clock and he struggled today as his team of millionaires managed just 70 points.
Before playing today Bernard Fee went to Bangor University to pick up one hungry son and four bags of dirty washing. The lectures seemed to be paying off as Business student David carefully managed his outgoings and allowed his Dad to pay for his entry fee, full english breakfast, a fizzy drink, mars bar and a bag of tees.
In todays competition John Broadhursts team were struggling in the wind. They were over par when charismatic Roger Carter holed his second on the tough 16th, he also birdied the last as his team were inspired and picked up eight shots on the last three holes to finish in a commendable fourth place.
The main attraction of Conwy Golf Club to the very average golfer Paul Hodgson(11) is the full English breakfast. Today he also enjoyed the golf as his low handicap team of Laurie Cole(4) Bobby Aston (scr) and Gary Sinclair(8) finished 3rd with 81 points.
The Didsbury team of Malcolm Wells(3), Barney Ross(3) Bob Vickers(8) and Adam Hart(8) recorded a terrific 84 points to take the early clubhouse lead. Their score could have been much better had they not dropped two shots on the last after playing towards the 10th green by mistake.
Paul Crisp(8) was delighted to hear this week that Kate Middleton is expecting her first baby. He can also sympathise with her as he normally gets a bit of morning sickness most Saturdays after a good night out with the lads. The Royal good news inspired him and his patriotic Ashton on Mersey team of Mike Lynch(10) Trevor Golds(7) and Gordon Hamlett(12) to score a terrific 84 points to take 1st place on a card play off. Well played chaps!
The short 2nd hole was playing tough today. The pin was tight to the front of the green on this tricky downwind hole. A high soft shot loaded with backspin was required. John Royle has never hit a shot like that in his life so he decided to scuttle his 7 iron through the bunker instead. He won his second nearest the pin in as many weeks. David Smith was closest on the 15th hole.
Many thanks to the full field of players who travelled today, once again despite a dodgy forecast there were no late withdrawals which is really appreciated. Yours in Golf, Tim.
Nearest the pin 2nd Dozen Balls John Royle
Nearest pin 15th David Smith FJ Shirt
£100 7 pro vs or 14 srixons each
Gary Sinclair Bobby Aston Guy Hall Andy Hallowes David Smith