Terrific June events all filling fast!(still room at brilliant Bramall Park this Tuesday)
Thurs 2nd June Ringway 9-2.30pm Taylor Made AM AM £25
Fri 10th June Hesketh 10.30-3pm Holiday4golfers Pairs £30
Thurs 16th June Fixby 10-3pm Pairs £25- nearly full
Thurs 23rd June Worsley Footjoy Classic 10-3pm AM AM £22.50
Mon 27th June Conway 10.30-3pm AM AM £30 -full
Maxitours at Vale Royal
Summertime finally arrived at Vale Royal Golf Club! Glorious sunshine, not a breath of wind and temperatures in the 70’s meant a great day was had by all.
Head green keeper Jonathon Betts does a world class job and has turned Vale Royal into one of the top courses in the North West. The hand mown greens were running at eleven on the stimp meter and this caused a few problems for the less talented golfers in the field.
General manager Ian Embury is a good man and excellent to work with, his team run a very smooth operation. – Many thanks to all his staff.
It was great to see Sam Leach back in full swing. He had a dodgy curry the night before last week’s Maxitours event at Llangollen and had to retire after 6 holes from food poisoning. ‘I must have been more poorly than I thought ‘ he reported’ ‘I felt so bad I didn’t have a pint for nearly two days.’
Unfortunately today’s sunshine brought out the golfing shorts. Ian Buxton is an award winning baker from Darwin but his legs looked like a pair of undercooked sausage rolls. Chester’s Mark Howson is a keen ornithologist and his sparrow like knee caps were also a cause for concern.
As expected due to the perfect conditions and yellow tees scoring was excellent. ‘Do we get any extra courtesy shots as we were playing best 2 scores from just 3 players?’ enquired Mere’s Dave Madely.
‘Did one of your team not arrive?’ I asked.
‘ No, Mark Wheeler was hopeless’ .
Phil Smeathers’ (6)Knutsford team played some great golf to finish in 5th place, Joe Stanley(5) recorded five birdies, Dave Stanhope(10) came in twelve times and even Dave Antrobus(10) played well. Brendan Leighton’s(16) Macclesfield team also scored 84 points and a strong finish saw them take 4th place.
Sandiway’s Gary Neiles (5) Jim Doran(15) John Longworth(14) and Joe Yates came in late in the day to scrape into 3rd place with 85 points- well played.
Colin Roberts(18) Alsager team is getting better with age. After eight very barren years the team of seventy -something -year -olds have eventually hit some form . Softly spoken Dave Marchant(15) had a career round and he birdied the first and ninth to pick up eight very useful points. Geoff Andrews(21) and Tony Adams(20) also contributed well as the team finished in second.
After over 50 events Brookdale’s Gareth Winston(10) and Gareth Kershaw(13) had their first ever Maxitours victory at Vale Royal in March this year. It was a case of horses for courses as once again playing alongside Alf Shillitoe(19) and Josh Ainscough(3) the likeable lads were delighted to record another win -well played chaps!
Thanks to all players for your terrific support. I hope you have a great summer of golf, Tim.
ps the report is slightly shorter than usual as it’s my birthday and I’m off for a pint.
Nearest the pin 10th Josh Ainscough Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin 16th Anthony Bloor Dozen AD333s
Wealthy Knutsford farmer Anthony Bloor rolled back the years with a brace of two’s on the tough par three holes to win some golf balls for his team-Excellent play.
2’s £185 Dave Murphy x2 Anthony Bloor x2 Archie Tahir Gareth Winston Mike Stott Jim Hodges Ollie Tovee Joe Stanley Monro Donald Stuart Pearson Gary Youall Chris Heggarty Terry Rathbone Greg Aspinall John Allman Joe Yates
|1||Gareth Winston, Alf Shillitoe, Gareth Kershaw, Josh Ainscough||87||12||Clevleand Wedge each|
|2||Colin Roberts, Tony Adams, Dave Marchant, Geoff Andrews||86||10||Maxitours sweater each|
|3||Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Jim Doran, John Longworth||85||8||Maxitours shirt each|
|4||Brendan Leighton, Paul Tovee, Ollie Tovee, Martin Routley||84||6||Sunice shirt each|
|5||Dave Stanhope, Phil Smeathers, Dave Antrobus, Joe Stanley||84||4||Sunice shirt each|
|6||Jim Caldwell, Ray Tuft, Jamie Stewart, David Williams||84||2||FJ Socks each|
|7||Fizz Ahmed, Archie Tahir, Tom Boyd, Talut Mahmood||84||FJ Socks each|
|8=||Kenny Chinn, Peter Hampson, Harry Lopez, Trevor Kenny||83|
|8=||Richard Blackwell, Anthony Jennison, Andy Hamlett, Daniel Moore||83|
|8=||Greg Aspinall, Nigel Davies , James Shiel, Paul Yarwood||83|
|11=||Richard Palmer, John Farnworth, Monro Donald, Phil Hanson||82|
|11=||Terry Rathbone, Ray Tennant, Terry Chaplin, Peter Jones||82|
|13=||Les Russon, Ken Clarke, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon||81|
|13=||Steve Parle, Gary Parle, Gordon Warke, David Smith||81|
|15=||Brian Greenbank, Martin Bramwell, Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright||80|
|15=||Trevor Foster, Dale Beaghan, Peter Ledger, Mark Patton||80|
|17=||Ian King, Simon Hemsley, Darren Whittaker, Neil Worthington||79|
|17=||John Berry, Ray Hopton, Paul Abbott, Chris O’Regan||79|
|17=||Jack Coleman, Anthony Bloor, Mike Gauden, Steve Mattinson||79|
|17=||Stuart Pearson, Frank Stapleton, Kevin Hawkins, Dave Wilson||79|
|17=||Nigel Oakes, Andy Thomson, Dave Aiden, Kine Stott||79|
|22=||Les Penson, Paul Salt, Steve Blakeway, Mark Hazeldine||78|
|22=||Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Mike Barker, Pete Mills||78|
|24||Graham Littler, Peter Daniels, Brian Hitchen, Peter Dolan||77|
|25=||Jason Waite, Steve Pinnington, Steve Lowe, Howard Baker||75|
|25=||Chris Hegarty, Paul Bennett, Malcolm Brownhill, Graham Brownhill||75|
|27=||Rob Platt, Steve Morfitt, Carl Mollart, Gary Youall||74|
|27=||Mark Wheeler, Mike Smith, Dave Murphy, Dave Madely||74|
|27=||David Kelly, Dave Harlow, David Fellows, Neil McKinlay||74|
|30||John Allman, Jamie Hughes, Mick Thompson, Robert Bloomer||73|
|31||Bev Crute, Trevor Nicholson, Steve Gibbons, Dave Bentley||72|
|32||Colin Baxendale, Ross Sellors, Phil Wise, Mo Dar||71|
|33||Ian Buxton, Mike K-Smith, Mike Tarrant, Peter Noblett||67|
Bramall Park start times
Tuesday 10th May
10.00 Terry Rathbone x4
10.09 Jim Caldwell x2 Monro Donald x2
10.18 Ian King x4
10.27 Ian Ainsworth x4
10.36 Matt Cheffins x4
10.45 Jason Henderson x4
10.54 Roger Percival x4
11.03 Mick Mahon x4
11.12 John Dickenson x2 Al Reid x2
11.21 Dave Stanhope x4
11.30 Trevor Foster x4
11.39 Brian Greenbank x4
11.48 David Kelly x4
12.06 Richard Taylor -Carr x4
12.15 Les Russon x4
12.24 Gareth Winston x2 Colin Baxendale x2
12.33 Steve Johnson x4
12.42 Paul Wrigley x4
12.51 Ian Bartholomew x2 Josh Brand x2
1.00 Martin Cullen x2 Richard Blackwell x2
1.09 Tony Andrews x4
1.18 Archie Tahir x2
1.36 Pete Short x4
2.12 Brian Hopkins x4
2.20 Dave Goodwin x4
2.30 Gary Neiles x4