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Maxitours Shotsaver Classic at Prestbury GC

Prestbury Golf Club was once again prepared to a very high standard for today’s Maxitours event. The dank conditions didn’t stop the full field from enjoying this wonderful Cheshire course. In addition to praising the Green keepers, thanks must also go to Maggie and Emma behind the bar who are really special and always make the Tour feel very welcome whenever we visit their Club.

There are rumours that Ian King has been stealing his daughters chocolates off the Christmas tree and the full figured Bramall man certainly seemed a little more round faced than usual today as he struggled to a mediocre 38 points.

Strictly come dancing fan Peter Sutton doesn’t do things by half. Today he fell over twice, once as he was waltzing after his approach up the steep 9th hole and he followed it up with an impressive American quickstep and graceful slide down the steep bank of the 17th . His playing partner and brother Bob tried to help him off the ground but he was hampered by the fact he was laughing too much.

England fan Des Kelly was disappointed with this weeks terrible draw – I always get picked to play alongside Phil Lockett said a distraught Kelly. He was also less than optimistic about England ’s World Cup draw.

Northern Ireland striker and hardman Iain Dowie was a terrific header of the ball and I once saw him score a terrific goal in a 4-3 thriller for Southampton against Leicester City at Filbert Street when he leapt like a salmon and nodded one into the top corner. Today he played like a wet fish as he struggled to tackle the testing Prestbury course.

In todays competition Bramalls Richard Blackwell and Ron Jolley took fifth place with 43 points. This was beaten by Maxitours regular and ex-marine Andy Stubbens who has finally found happiness on the course playing alongside his new partner Gareth Lover. Ex partner Charles Herbert is currently working in the states but he is reported to be very jealous of Stubben’s new Lover.

Close golfing brothers from Upton-by-Chester, Dave and Phil Murphy, played great golf to take third place ‘I was terrific’ said Phil ‘but my brother was hopeless.’

Sunday sees the BBCs Sports personality of the year show, and this will be watched by Andy Hamlett and Simon Helmsley. Hamlett has a great personality but unfortunately is not very good at sport. Today he played great golf and he was delighted to take second spot.

The Didsbury maestros Paul Dalby(4) and Barney Ross(4) recorded eight gross birdies as the notched up an impressive 45 points for a first win of the season. Dalby and his partner looked even more ridiculous than usual today as they turned up wearing Christmas reindeer sweaters. Well played chaps –great golf in the rain.

Many thanks to Steven and Jason Ballard from Shotsaver their continued and very kind sponsorship of Maxitours events

Nearest the Pin 7th John Colquitt doz AD333s
Nearest the Pin 17th Colin Roberts doz AD333s
2’s £85 24 pro V1s or 48 AD333s 3PRO V1S OR 6 Srixon AD333s each

Brian Greenbank Martin Firth Andy Sharratt Chris Buckley Barney Ross x2 Frank Hindle Frank Gill Dave McDougall

Prestbury 12-Dec-2013
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Paul Dalby, Barney Ross 45 12 Shotsaver s320
2 Andy Hamlett, Si Helmsley 44 11 Cleveland Bag
3 Dave Murphy, Phil Murphy 44 10 Limited Edition Maxitours Sweater
4 Andy Stubbens, Gareth Lover 43 9 Dozen Srixon Z Stars
5 Richard Blackwell, Ron Jolley 43 8 Greg Norman Shirt
6 Sam Turner, Jae Bowers 41 7 Puma Shirt
7 Jimmy O’Reilly, John Reilly 41 6 Over 60’s
8 John Rigby, Tony Evans 41 5 Taylor Made Cap Each
9 Colin Lynch, John Colquitt 41 4 Taylor Made Cap Each
10 Moby Rawthore, Steve Best 41 3 Taylor Made Cap Each
11 Bob Mottershead, Dave McDougall 41 2 Taylor Made Cap Each
12 Martin Firth, Andy Bethell 40 1
13 Graham Jackson, Rick Leighton 40
14= Jim Driscoll, Frank Massey 39
14= Colin Baxendale, Ross Sellors 39
14= Mark Richardson, Andy Dutton 39
14= Sean Kirkby, Frank Gill 39
14= Phil Vokes, Mike Wardrop 39
14= John Kemp, Andy Judson 39
20= Ian King , Alex Elliott 38
20= Joe Stanley, Dave Arthur 38
20= Richard Palmer, Keith Fitzhenry 38
20= Frank Hindle , Tony Wilson 38
20= Nigel Comsty, Ian Dowie 38
20= Gary Amos, Lou Andrews 38
26= Steve Roberts, John Locke 37
26= Steve Roche, Scott Grayson 37
26= Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly 37
26= Dave Blood, Ian Gibson 37
30= John Hilditch, Phil Smeathers 36
30= Reuben Fielding, Mike Clewley 36
30= Gail Hegarty, Chris Hegarty 36
30= Geoff Haynes, Ian Ainsworth 36
30= Jim Caldwell, Jay Kelsall 36
30= Dave Keen, Charlie Rooney 36
36= Mark Davin, Chris Buckley 35
36= Nigel Jenkins, Brian Greenbank 35
36= Tony Cooper, Liam Harrison 35
36= Phil Gow, Andy Sharratt 35
36= Brian Gibbons, Rob Lavery 35
36= Glynn Jones, Mike Bell 35
42= Darren Whittaker, Mike Spencer 34
42= Colin Roberts, Bob Sinclair 34
44= Arthur Jowell, Bernard McDonnell 33
44= John Aikenhead, John Russell 33
46= Rob Tabbron, Colin Walton 32
46= Alan Green, Michael Bentley 32
48= Lewis Marland, Nick Ford 30
48= Bob Sutton, Peter Sutton 30
48= Des Kelly, Phil Lockett 30
51 Jim Rymer, John Dickenson 29
52= Andy Adshead, Bob Kwan 28
52= Steve Rimmer, Chih Hu 28

Start times for the Ringway AM AM
Thursday 9th December.
£20 per person
1a Neville Dennis x4
1b Colin Roberts x4
2 Mark Wheeler x4
2 Russell Humphries x4
3 Paul Waite x4
4a John Aikenhead x4
4b Steve Latchford x4
5 Pete O’Neill x4
7a Lee Tilley x4
7b Lee Tilley x4
8 Rob Tabbron x4
9bJim Caldwell x4
10a Ian King x4
10b Malc Wells x4
11Chris Lee x4
13a Phil Vokes x4
13b Geoff Haynes x4
14a Mick Mahon x4
14b Dave Blood x4
15 Trevor Harrison x4
16a Charles Herbert x4
16b Simon Helmsley x4
17 Richard Blackwell x4
17b Colin Baxendale x2
18 Dave Stanhope x4