***Please note next Thursday at Caldy -course excellent but possibility of a trolley ban***
The Shotsaver Masters at Stunning Sandiway
Sandiway was once again in outstanding condition for todays Shotsaver Masters event. The course was dry and firm and the greens were tremendous considering it is early January.
There was plenty of rain during the course of the day and the scorecards were returned in a variety of states of repair. Immaculately dressed and well organised businessman Paul Dalby managed to return a dry well written card. Landscape gardener Dennis Bamfords card looked like it had been dragged through a hedge backwards and pet shop owner Roy Hargreaves card looked like it had been chewed on by one of his puppies.
Steve Rhodes and Carl Kennedy are two top players who always feature in the prizes. Today they struggled and looked slightly tense for some reason. They were paired for the first time alongside serious crime squad officers Gerry John and John Brazier.
Sir Alex Ferguson is currently attempting to sign Frank Lampard and this shows the importance he places on experience. Someone not lacking in this department is Neville Dennis(15) and Frank Massey(11) and these ageing golfers picked up 1st place in the over 60’s event with 39 points.
Iain Bartholomew(3) and John Hilditch(14) saw their beautiful relationship strengthen further as they scored an excellent 40 points in the damp conditions to take 4th place.
Gary Garner(7) and Mark Green(12) finished in 3rd place to move them to the top of the Order of Merit, also scoring 40 points.
Sale Golf Clubs Moby Rawthore(3) has struggled in recent months however he was back to his battling best as he teamed up with Hopwood member Tony Ramatowski(22) as they also scored 40 points for a second place finish.
It was slightly disappointing that there were no real 3rd round shocks in the FA Cup this year however todays event saw golfing ‘minnows’ Neil McKinlay(11) and Bob Sutton(19) incredibly take first place. Earlier this year in three consecutive events Bob Sutton finished last, 2nd to last and then last again. If he had been a racehorse somebody would have shot him by now. Today he was inspired and teaming up alongside Neil McKinlay their 40 point haul was good enough to take the honours. Well played chaps.
Many thanks to the Ballard brothers from Shotsaver for their kind and continued sponsorship of Maxitours events.
*Dave Ryder lost his 52 wedge please contact me if you found it!
2s 117.5 John Russell x2 Mike Lynch Lee Tilley Dave Rhodes Dick Perry John Grint x2 Paul Dalby John Bent Andy Bethel Martin Firth Neil Mckinlay Barney Ross Guy Hall Mick Mahon Dave Henshall Al Noden x2 John Hilditch x2 Steve Tyrell
2 pro vs or 4 srixons
Nearest the pin 6th Dave Henshall Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin 18th John Hilditch Dozen AD333s