Maxitours at Classy Caldy
Over one hundred golfers made the worthwhile journey down the M56 to the ‘Land of the Posh Scouser’ (otherwise known as the Wirral). The first twelve holes were played in lovely benign conditions however for the last hour the heavens opened and the magnificent Golf Course showed its true teeth.
The maestro James Braid designed the Caldy course which is half seaside links and half parkland. In recent years the club has spent thousands on protecting the cliff tops and golf course from coastal erosion as the sea continues its march inland. Bob Sutton’s team of Barry Dale, Jonty Geake and Dave Harlow also caused their own little bit of coastal erosion as he and his Knutsford team took plenty of divots on their way down the 6th fairway.
Curly haired Keith Fitzhenry has a look of World number one Rory McIlroy, he is also taking a little while to get used to his new clubs as he and his team finished in a lowly 14th place.
Thirty five years ago with his hair flowing in the wind Terry Davison(7) shot the round of his life when he played Caldy in 75 strokes. Today an older, wiser and almost completely bald Davison repeated that feat in todays tough conditions and this helped his team into 4th place. His shot of the day was on the 17th hole where he nearly holed his tee shot. Geoff Haynes (6), Alan Clough(17) and Arthur Jowell(17) made up the rest of the team.
Macclesfield Golf Club has produced some tremendous golfers in recent years. World number twenty nine Jamie Donaldson won the Irish Open last year and also beat a world class field including Tiger woods and Luke Donald in Abu Dhabi last month. Another Macclesfield youngster Tim Maxwell memorably won the Rhyl Classic in 1998 (by two clear shots). Today Macclesfields Pete Holmes(13) and his talented team of Mark Breirley(9), Bill Ross(16) and Club Steward Steve Hackett(13) were absolutely delighted to finish 3rd with 80 points, especially against such a high quality field.
Des Kelly (16), Glynn Hampton(13),Mike(21) and Pete Hall(3) had a career best 2nd place Maxitours finish as they scored an excellent 81 points. Glynn made birdies on both par 3’s on the front nine as the team went out in a wonderful 44 points.
Despite dropping 2 shots on their final hole, winning todays event with an excellent 83 points was the Tytherington team of Andy Stubbens(6), Andy Bethell(15), Martin Firth(5) and the on form Charles Herbert(16). Ex marine Stubbens picked up three birdies in an impressive run of holes around the turn.
Congratulations to Romiley Golf Clubs Dave Blood who made an excellent 2 on perhaps my favourite hole in Cheshire -the dog leg 3rd hole.
Many thanks to all who played at Caldy, I hope you enjoyed your day.
Nearest the pin 10th Gary Hornby Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin 17th Terry Davison Dozen AD333s
2’s £122.50 3 proV1s or 6 Srixon AD333s per two.
Bill Dinnie Steve Hackett Pete Holmes Steve Parle Glynn Hampton x2 Mick Mahon Jim Cox Dave Blood Ray Standridge Gav Sutcliffe Gary Hornby John Royle.