Results from High Class Hopwood

Maxitours at high quality Hopwood

A stunningly beautiful summers day greeted the Maxitours competitors at sunny Middleton today.

As you drive into the lovely Golf Club there is a huge sign announcing that Hopwood is Manchester’s premier Golfing venue and absolutely no one was arguing against that claim after they played this classic parkland masterpiece.

‘That was awesome’ said Silkstone’s Rob Platt ‘what a course! ‘
‘Wow, what an excellent track’ said Ashton on Mersey star Ian Thompson.

The food was terrific and the O’Connor family who run both the Pro shop and the Secretary’s office were terrific to deal with. The only criticism of the day came from salad dodger Dave Antrobus. He was shocked to see some lettuce and a tomato on his plate next to his bacon butty. ‘What a waste of time, I’d prefer another rasher any day’ he complained.

As all my Maxitours players were out on the course by 2.30pm I enjoyed a quiet half hour watching a talented Japanese golfer by the name of Khoki Idoki lead the British Seniors Open at Carnoustie. As the first cards came back in it looked like Richard Palmer and John Farnsworth had been doing the Oki Koki rather than playing golf as they could only manage a paltry 28 points to finish in last place.

I am no fashion expert but I do know dark colours can make you look slimmer. Smartly dressed Roger Percival was picking up a shirt for his portly pal Pete Atherton after they had a high finish two weeks ago. ‘What colour does he want?’ I asked Roger ‘ I’m not sure- but the darker the better’ came the response.

‘The buggy was great thank you’ said polite Trevor Foster to respected Hopwood pro Brian Connor after his round. ‘Any chance I can hire a partner next time I play here? My mate Frank Wade was hopeless.’

In today’s event conditions were absolutely perfect for golf. The recent dry weather meant that the ball was running well and the superb greens led to the best scoring of the season.

Congratulations to my 75 year old father-in-law Rob Weston and his friend Trevor Webb. They had the second best front nine of the day with an excellent 24 points. In order to maintain a happy, functional family life we won’t mention their back nine.

Brookdale’s Gareth Winston((10) and Matt Sayers(2) finished 4th with a 44 point haul and Stuart Coupe(11) and Mark Robinson(10) from Shaw Hill were delighted with a season best 45 points to take 3rd spot

Clitheroes Mark Jones(14) and Paul Nightingale(7) were singing with joy after 46 points earned them second place.

Respected Sale Captain Dave Moore(15) was Head of HR at the BBC in Manchester. He recruited well today as he teamed up with ex newspaper photographer Dale Wallace(11) to record 47 points. Dale was focussing on his golf today but it was Dave Moore who did the most damage. They won a pair of Fj shoes each. ‘Just give Dale a single shoe- it’s all he deserves’ said Moore giving me a friendly wink.

Well played chaps great score.
Thanks to everyone for playing today.
Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the Pin 13th Mark Robinson Dozen Srixon AD333s
Nearest the Pin 16th Chris Beaghan Dozen Srixon AD333s

2’s ¬£140 sweep (3 prov1s or 8 srixons per 2) Mark Robinson Jim Caldwell Nigel Compsty James Hampton Dave Stanhope Dave Gavin Joe Stanley Martin France Roger Percival Tony Andrews John Lawson Keith Coxon Mark Taylor

Hopwood 22-Jul-2016
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Dale Wallace, Dave Moore 47 12 FJ Contour Casual shoes each
2 Mark Jones, Paul Nightingale 46 11 Ashworth wind sweater each
3 Mark Robinson, Stuart Coupe 45 10 Sunice shirt each
4 Gareth Winston, Matt Sayers 44 9 Sunice shirt each
5 Jim Caldwell, Nigel Compsty 43 8 Maxitours shirt each
6 Leigh Smart, Ray Tennant 43 7 Titleist cap each
7 Tony Baldwin, Robert Bullock 43 6 Titleist cap each
8 Steve Maxwell, Mike Johnson 43 5 FJ Socks each
9 Derek Simpkins, Paul Sloane 43 4 FJ Socks each
10 John Anderton, Dave Stanhope 42 3 Taylor Made pitch repairer each
11 Adam Thomas, James Hamson 42 2
12 Rob Platt, Steve Morfitt 42 1
13 Mark Waterman, Rob Williams 42
14= Carl Mollart, Gary Youall 41
14= Frank Wallace, Geoff Andrews 41
14= Paul Donnelly, Ian Thompson 41
14= Paul Woodbine, Pete Keena 41
18= Farouk Shafi, Joe Stanley 40
18= Darren Whittaker, Neil Worthington 40
18= Andy Jackson, Billy Rawsthore 40
18= Gary Whittaker, Dave Gavin 40
18= Mike Priestley, John Stockdale 40
18= Rob Weston, Trevor Webb 40
18= John Royle, Keith Coxon 40
18= Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly 40
26= Trevor Foster, Frank Wade 39
26= Paul Lord, Tim Southwick 39
26= Josh Brand , Martin France 39
26= Joe Donnelly, Martin Farnsworth 39
26= John Lawson, Jeff Howarth 39
31= Tom Jarvis, Dave Antrobus 38
31= Joe Kirwan, Dave Eadforth 38
31= John Dickenson, Jim Rymer 38
34= Paul Simpson, Chris Brown 37
34= Mark Patton, Chris Beaghan 37
34= Steve Hunstone, Johhny Turner 37
34= Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle 37
34= Ian Buxton, Mike Kinsley-Smith 37
34= Mike Dobson, John O’Brien 37
40= Dave Wainwright, Matt Nelstrup 36
40= Roger Percival, Ed Wilkinson 36
40= Alan Smith, Mark Taylor 36
43= Colin Roberts, John Rigby 35
43= Damien Clayton, Steve McDermott 35
45 John Horsley, Tony Andrews 34
46 Bob Sutton, David Kelly 33
47= Rob Kenyon, Dave Williams 32
47= David Wilkinson, Jamie White 32
49 Richard Palmer , John Farnworth 28

Start sheet at Dunham Forest AM AM
Friday 29th July
7.51 Simon Ashton x4
8.00 Colin Roberts x4
8.08 Jim Caldwell x4
8.17 Rob Little x4
8.26 Steve Johnson x4
8.35 David Kelly x4
8.44 Jack Coleman x4
8.53 Simon Poucher x4
9.02 Les Penson x4
9.11 Les Russon x4
9.21 Dennis Whelan x4
9.30 Keith Workman x4
9.39 Ian King x4
9.48 Dave Stanhope x4
9.57 Paul Kennedy x4
10.00 Brian Greenbank x4
10.06 Lewis Marland x4
10.15 Chih Hu x4
10.24 Mick Mahon x4
10.32 Ed Wilkinson x4
10.40 John Berry x4
10.46 Roy Ainsworth x4
10.51 Chris Adams x4
11.00 Nigel Davenport x4
11.09 Dave Blood x4
11.18 John Dickenson x4
11.24 Trevor Foster x4
11.27 Dan Huffman x4
11.36 John Stubbs x4
11.45 Colin Baxendale x4
11.54 Jason Henderson x4
12.03 Liegh Smart x4
12.12 John Hudson x4
12.20 John Lawton x4
12.28 Sam Leach x4
12.37 Richard Blackwell x4
12.45 Dave Bowers x4
12.53 Ray Jones x4
1.00 JP X4

reserves
Archie Tahir x4
Mike Dudley x4
Stuart Royle x4
7.40 Garry Dowdle???
Ian Mathers x4