Maxitours great upcoming events:
Weds 7th May Pleasington –nearly full
Thursday 16th May North Manchester – spaces
Friday 22nd May Hopwood –nearly full
Maxitours at Perfect Prestbury
Gentle overnight rain, a very well presented Prestbury Golf Course and just a breath of wind provided perfect golfing conditions for today’s Maxitours players. The scoring was excellent and even Alan Clough managed a little bit of back spin on one of the soft receptive greens.
Wealthy Prestbury has the best lost property section on the tour. Alf Shillitoe’s wardrobe is in desperate need of an upgrade and he was found in the changing room more than once looking longingly at one of the old sweaters waiting to be claimed.
Dave Stanhope is a great guy and is desperate to be mentioned in the Maxitours report. Unfortunately due to a very balanced personality and very average golf game there is not much to write about him. Once again Dave finished in a mediocre ninth position but apparently he cooked a nice roast dinner on Sunday.
As a young pro my coach Pete Cowan told me to take neat shallow divots like strips of streaky bacon rather than pork chops when striking my mid iron shots. Graham ‘hog roast’ Aspinall prefers a steeper angle of attack as his team finished in last spot.
In today’s event Martin Firth’s rich vein of form continued as he helped his team to accumulate 86 points. In last weeks singles at the nine hole Knutsford course, straight hitting Firth finished in 3rd place but he struggled on the back nine as his ball kept landing in his front nine divots. His team were delighted with a fourth place finish.
It is great to see Carl Kennedy(12) record his first top three finish for nearly a year however Dan Benson(2) was the star of the show as he played the four par threes in just 9 shots. His smooth swinging younger brother Ollie(18) and Ian Broughan(5) completed the team which scored 88 points.
Iain Bartholomew(3) caddied for Jamie Donaldson in the par three event at the Masters a couple of weeks ago and he caused some ‘hoopin and hollerin’ when he rolled in a 30 foot putt at the last when he was allowed to play a shot. Today he played like a top pro and he scored an incredible six birdies in the space of seven holes around the turn. This helped his much less talented team of John Hilditch, Tim George and Ian Noake to an excellent 89 point haul.
Late in the day Gary Garner(6) also scored 89 points playing alongside his son Jordan(17), Pete Walker(14) and Conor Winstanley(7). After a solid front nine the Ellesmere men were struggling on the tough 13th hole before Pete Walker holed a superb 70 yard chip and run to give the team a timely boost.
Well played chaps.
Thanks to all players for your support today and thanks to the excellent Prestbury Golf Club for their hospitality. Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest the Pin 7th Dave Wilson Dozen AD333s
Nearest the Pin 17th Richard Blackwell Doxen AD333s
2’s £107.50 2 Pro V1s or 5 Srixons John Royle Andy Bethell Martin Firth Archie Tahir Dave Wilson Andy Burns Ian Waller Dan Benson x3 David Rowley Paul Lord Pete Ashworth Simon Poucher Brian Hopkins
|1||Gary Garner, Connor Winstanley, Jordan Garner, Pete Walker||89||12||FJ Sport Shoes each|
|2||John Hilditch, Ian Noake, Tim George, Iain Bartholomew||89||10||Maxitours Sweater each|
|3||Carl Kennedy, Ian Broughan, Dan Benson, Ollie Benson||88||8||Maxitours shirt each|
|4||Martin Firth, Andy Hockenhull, Andy Bethell, Rob Parry||86||6||Titleist Cap each|
|5||Archie Tahir, Tahir Mahmood, Mo Rafiq, Nadim Anwar||85||4||FJ Socks each|
|6||Simon Poucher, Gregg Brown, Brendan Leighton, Jan Jagielka||84||2||FJ Socks each|
|7=||Ron Sloane, Tim Spence, Paul Higgs, Pete Walters||84|
|7=||John Farrell, Mike McCurdy, Paul Wrigley, Gav Sutcliffe||84|
|9=||John Stubbs, John Royle, Richard Blackwell, Paul Wareing||83|
|9=||Giles Terry , Dave Stanhope, Dave Antrobus, Phil Wise||83|
|11||Frank Stapleton, Stuart Pearson, Dave Wilson, Kevin Hawkins||81|
|12||Terry Davison, Trevor Harrison, Alan Clough, Geoff Haynes||80|
|13||Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, Frank Havard, Tony Wilson||79|
|14=||John Bent, Andy Burns, Ian Waller, Neil Higgins||78|
|14=||Steve Tyrell, Ray Jones, Barry Eddlestone, Kevin Fahy||78|
|16=||Lewis Marland, Alf Shillitoe, Nick Ford, Kevin Seaton||77|
|16=||Ian King, Mike Spencer, Ashley Elliott, Darren Whjittaker||77|
|16=||Des Kelly, Phil Lockett, Hetash Patel, Pete Hall||77|
|16=||Paul Lord, Pete Ashworth, Nick O’Connor, Howard Bennett||77|
|20||Tony Ramatowski, Pete Waterhouse, Paul Waite, Ian Greenwood||76|
|21=||Bob Sutton, Jonty Geake, Nigel Eckersley, Stuart Blake||75|
|21=||Lee Tilley, Dave Sarsfield, Pete Norbury, Dave Rhodes||75|
|21=||Ed Wilkinson, David Wilkinson, Ben Fallowes, David Rowley||75|
|24=||John Rigby, Bob Sinclair, Geoff Andrews, Trevor Jones||74|
|24=||Eddie Ellis, John Pratt, Ben Davies, Graham Aspinall||74|
Pleasington Start sheet
WEDNESDAY 7th May.
9.30 Neville Dennis x4
9.39 Colin Roberts x4
9.48 Ian King x4
9.57 Phil Vokes x4
10.06 Mick Mahon x4
10.15 Jim Caldwell x2 Ian Bartholomew x2
10.24 Chris Lee x4
10.33 Tony Rains x4
10.42 Dave Blood x4
10.52 Lewis Marland x2 Jon Buckley x2
11.00 Jack Coleman x4
11.09 John Stubbs x4
11.18 Roger McMullan x4
11.27 Simon Hemsley x4
11.36 Keith Jackson x4
11.45 Russell Humphries x4
11.54 Mike Dobson x4
12.03 Ian Broughan x2 Eddie Jordan x2
12.12 Pete Short x2 Steve Cuthbert x2
12.21 Sam Leach x4
1.38 Paul Woodbine x4
1.56 Richard Blackwell x2 Dave Barrow x2
2.05 David Smith x4
2.14 Chris Ernill x4
2.23 David x4
2.32 Paul Baxter x4
2.41 Steve Parle x4
2.50 Bernard Wood x4
2.59 Gary Garner x4
3.08 Charles Herbert x4
3.15 Brian Greenbank x4