Limited times at Dunham Forest Pairs Thursday 17th
Times at Conwy AM AM Monday 21st
Limited times at Knutsford SINGLES 24th April
Maxitours at The Mere
The 2014 golf season officially started with 92 of the best players in the world competing for the US Masters. Nearly 150 of the best Maxitours competitors arrived at classy Mere today looking forward to the start of their golf season.
Arnold Palmer teed off in the first group at Augusta this afternoon. Bob Sutton also teed off in the first group at Mere this morning.
Arnie has been one of the games greats. He is perhaps the most charismatic and well loved golfer ever to have lived, he played with panache, aggression and flare and wowed the crowds with his tremendous ball striking. However he is struggling to walk due to problems with his hips. Bob is very similar to Arnie as he also has problems with his hips.
Paul Hodgson struggles to look on the bright side of life. ‘Are you still off 13?’ I enquired. ‘No I’m down to 12 now.’ he replied gloomily. ‘That’s good- has your golf improved?’ ‘No, my handicap’s just come down’.
Steve Morfitt from Barnsley always plays in the Mere event. His broad Yorkshire accent is hard to understand. Today he confused one of the well spoken young blonde Mere waitresses. She asked him what sandwich he would like to order ‘can I have chicken, duck.’ He answered.
In today’s competition Ted Taylor opened his clubface and feathered in a high rescue club to within two feet of the pin on the 14th and take the nearest the pin prize. Playing partner Mick Kerin said he couldn’t break the news that he wasn’t in the 2’s sweep until after Ted rolled the ball confidently into the middle of the cup. Young Joe Campion took nearest the pin on the 8th hole.
Three teams tied for 3rd position on 81 points and all had to be separated on the best last three holes. Every golf shot is enjoyed by someone and a missed 8 inch putt by Andrew Holmes left his team close to tears. This meant Jim Caldwells team were delighted to finish a seasons best fourth and the Wigan team of Phil Dermott, Phil Cooney, Danny Ritchie and Carl Dermott took to the podium in third place.
Second place went to the Didsbury low handicap team of Paul Dalby, Paul Sherlock, Phil Vokes and Steve Latchford with a solid 83 points. Taking today’s honours were top cricketer Gary Garner and his son Jordan, Graham Robins and big musician Phil Ashcroft. A wonderful birdie at the last saw Phil dancing as he entered the clubhouse as his team took their first victory of the year.
Many thanks to Lancashire amateur golfing legend John Gallagher from Cleveland/Srixon who kindly sponsored today’s event and he also provided the srixon ball fitting facility.
In todays event:
Nearest the Pin 8th Joe Campion Dozen Soft feel
Nearest the Pin 14th Ted Taylor Dozen Soft feel
2’s £132.50 12 AD333s, soft feels or 6 Srixon Z Stars per 2.
2’s Steve Morfitt Steve Roberts Pete Cleaver Ian Trow Andrew Holmes Danny Ritchie
|1||Graham Robins, Gary Garner, Jordan Garner, Phil Ashcroft||84||12||Cleveland wedge each|
|2||Phil Vokes, Paul Dalby, Paul Sherlock, Steve Latchford||83||10||Dozen Z Stars each|
|3||Phil Dermott, Phil Cooney, Danny Ritchie, Carl Dermott||81||8||Dozen Z Stars each|
|4||Jim Caldwell, Duncan Cheslett, John Sheringham, John Kelsall||81||6||Dozen AD333s each|
|5||Kevin Barnes, Andrew Holmes, Mark Homer, Mark Sinclair||81||4||Dozen AD333s each|
|6||Dean Jagger, Keith Perason, Mick Kerin, Ted Taylor||80||2||Srixon Cap each|
|7=||Neville Dennis, Jimmy O’Reilly, Frank Massey, John Reilly||79||seniors: Dozen soft feel each|
|7=||Dave Blood, Ian Gibson, Jim Cox, Andy Sandham||79||Srixon Glove each|
|9=||Lewis Marland, Kevin Seaton, Nick Ford, Alf Shillitoe||78||Srixon Glove each|
|9=||Andy Stubbens, Andy Hockenhull, Johnie Walker, Mike Harrington||78|
|11=||Steve Morfitt, Rob Platt, Carl Mollard, Ricky Absen||77|
|11=||Joe York, Mo Afzal, Carl Kennedy, Zahir Mahmood||77|
|11=||Colin Lynch, Stuart Roach, David Barker, Rob Hands||77|
|11=||Paul Wrigley, Aiden Hoosen, Brett Sutcliffe, Gav Sutcliffe||77|
|15=||Steve Garnett, Sam Garnett, Joe Campion, George Weardon||76|
|15=||John Farnworth, Richard Palmer, Dave Westwood, George Davies||76|
|17||Dave Chambers, John Brazier, Gerry John, Chris Belfield||75|
|18=||Darren Whittaker, Peter Maxwell, Dave Keen, Mike Fergusson||74|
|18=||Mike Gauden, Harvey Mattinson, Steve Mattinson, Jack Coleman||74|
|18=||Liam Harrison, Paul Bennett, Malc Brownhill, Graham Brownhill||74|
|18=||Brian Hopkins, Tim Wrigley, Mike Powell, Alan Pengelly||74|
|18=||Jim Driscoll, Kevin Hart, Jim Daley, Dave Povill||74|
|23||Pete Cleaver, Mick East, Paul Clegg, Pete Alsop||73|
|24=||Neil Higgins, Andy Burns, Ian Waller, Keith Long||72|
|24=||Steve Parle, Gary Parle, Bill Melia, Barry Judge||72|
|26=||Geoff Haynes, Ian Ainsworth, Alan Clough, Alan Worthington||69|
|26=||Ben Luscombe, Geoff Underhill, Brian Saunders , Martin Young||69|
|28=||Roger McMullan, Mick Gorrill, Steve Hindley, Steve Higham||67|
|28=||John Neale, John Lawson, Joe Dougherty, Ken Granell||67|
|30=||John Stubbs, Dave Parsons, Ian Trow, Guy Hall||66|
|30=||Ted Ellis, David Smith, Alan Brough, Doug Edmonds||66|
|30=||Gordon Warke, Ray Royle, Bernard Wood, Ian Neilson||66|
|33||Steve Hall, Raju Misra, Paul Raven, Scott Cairns||65|
|34||Bob Sutton, Dave Arthur, Mike McGoun, Stuart Blake||61|
|35||Tom Wilson, Chris Dykens, Terry Day, Brian Mason||56|
|36||Chris Ernill, Rod Barlow, Tom Costley, Mike Taylor||55|
Dunham Forest start times
Thursday 17th April
8.09 Colin Roberts x4
8.36 Phil Vokes x4
8.54 Ian King x4
9.12 Dave Blood x4
9.21 Neville Dennis x4
9.30 Steve Hall x2 Kevin Chisnell x2
9.39 Liam Harrison x4
9.48 Dave Stanhope x4
10.06 Mick Mahon x4
10.15 Frank Stapleton x4
10.33 Lewis Marland x2
10.42 Pete Short x2 Ruel Spence x2
10.51 Jason Waite x4
11.00 Gary Garner x4
11.09 Sam Leach x4
11.18 Charles Herbert x4
11.36 Gav Nixon x4
11.45 Sean Kirkby x4
11.54 Andy Stubbensx4
12.03 Phil Lockett x4
12.12 John Stubbs x4
12.20 Danny Ritchie x4
12.28 Paul Lord x2 Carl Kennedy x2
12.36 Kenny Plumb x4
12.44 Richard Blackwell x4
12.52 David Hillier x4
1.00 David Hillier x4