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Maxitours at ‘breathtaking’ Hopwood
The Manchester Golf Club was the superb setting for today’s Maxitours event. ‘This must be the best course we play all year’ remarked a knowledgeable Andy Stubbens, many players in today’s strong field would agree with him.
The friendly club has Brian O’Connor as their top class PGA pro and businessman. His wife Geraldine does a great job as the Club Secretary and daughter Rachel is a class player currently studying in the US , the whole family was extremely efficient and wonderfully hospitable today.
On arrival at the club there was an eerie smoky mist covering the course as the Bredbury plastic fire fallout incredibly continued to affect distant areas. Through the haze 76 year old Neville Dennis was a solitary figure on the range. He was mastering his bunker play ‘I practice every day’ wheezed the dedicated legend as he struggled with the poisonous fumes.
Another Maxitours legend is the food loving Dave Antrobus. This morning he looked like a boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar when a large portion of chips arrived with his pre-round cheese on toast. ‘I didn’t know it would come with chips- honestly. I ordered it from the breakfast menu’ said a distraught Antrobus ‘I never ever eat chips before 11 o’clock’.
Today thousands of schoolchildren received their GCSE results. There was the usual spread of success and disappointments. There were also bad results for golfers George Maxwell and Willie White who must do better after they scored just 28 points. Terry Day and Chris Ernill could be getting a letter home after they also failed with just 29 points. Worryingly Bill Melia and Alan Brough have been advised to take up woodwork as they could only manage 27 points.
In today’s competition it was a case of trying to make your score on the easier front nine before trying to hang on in there over the famous tough closing holes. John Beech and Glynn Jones went ‘From Penthouse to Doghouse’ as a sparkling front nine of 23 points was followed by a paltry 13 points on the back nine.
Scoring at the top of the leaderboard was once again was very close with just 2 points separating the top 8 pairings.
Taking 4th place was Mark Woodhead(12) and Paul Kuiper(12) with an excellent 43 point haul. Third place went to the veteran pairing of Dave Alcock(11) and Ian Appleton(16) who could be found whimpering in the corner of the clubhouse after picking up just three points on their final two holes. Frustrated John Reilly(9) and Jimmy ‘six daughters’ O’Reilly(9) could be seen head butting the tables in the Hopwood dining room after several lipped putts over the closing holes cost them a momentous victory.
First place today went to the pairing of businessman Ian King(9) and student Matt Spencer(14) who also scored a respectable 44 points, a strong back nine from the golf mad Bramall duo saw ever present King record his first victory for over two years. Great golf chaps.
It is great to see top blokes Colin Roberts and John Rigby take the senior prize (best over 60’s not in the top 3). A poor finish also cost this likeable duo from winning the main event.
Many thanks for your support today, Tim.
Nearest the Pin 13th Dave Alcock Dozen AD333s
Nearest the Pin 16th Ian King Dozen AD333s
2’s £142.50 4 pro v1s or 9 srixon soft feels each Tony Wilson Martin Firth Dave Alcock Pete O’Niell James West Dave Kelly Greg Fee Billy Coleman Lee Tilley