*Don’t forget Maxitours handicaps are always reduced by 1 for a win and 1/2 shot after a 2nd place until the end of the season*
Stockport 8th Dec – full
Vale Royal 14th Dec- full
Ringway 22nd Dec – spaces
Mere 5th Jan – spaces
Vale Royal 11th Jan- spaces
Caldy 19th Jan -1 space
Maxitours at sublime Sandiway
Sandiway Golf Club hosted the latest Maxitours event of the Winter tour. This terrific venue was once again in fantastic condition. Many thanks to head green keeper Brian and all his staff for their efforts.
General Manager Anthony Roberts always employs great staff in the Clubhouse and the guys working behind the bar did a great job today- many thanks.
The frosted fairways and crystal clear blue skies led to some spectacular views on what many believe is Cheshire’s finest golf course. Big Dave Wilson loves Sandiway. He loves the rolling fairways , the tall pines, lovely lakes and more importantly for Dave the hot meat and potato pies behind the bar are a particular favourite of his. He had one before play and two in the bar after his round to set a new Maxitours record.
The 18th was playing tough all day and I couldn’t believe that the closest to the pin was 25 feet away. With the very last shot of the day I looked out of the window to see a ball nestle up to within 2 inches. A delighted Trevor Foster tapped in the birdie. Incredibly Ian Handy won nearest the pin on the 8th when his last shot of the day also won him the prize.
The course gradually thawed throughout the day but there were a few tricky bounces to contend with and course management was at a premium.
Unlucky Darren Whittaker was at it again. After another dodgy bounce into a bunker he declared to his team that it is incredible but he is jinxed whenever he plays on a Thursday. His team were delighted to point out that today was Tuesday.
The scoring was incredibly close and after some high scores in recent weeks just FORTY points was good enough to win against a high quality field at Sandiway today!!!!!
Manchester United have plenty of talent and everyone knows they play the best football in the premiership but they are struggling to get on a winning streak this season. The same could be said for two of their legends Frank Stapleton(13) and Stuart Pearson(7). Stuart was one of the best finishers in the game but he three putted the last from close range and they had to settle for 5th place with 39 points.
John Rigby(14) and John McConinck(13) from Alsager finished 4th after excellent back nine. John Rigby was ranked 898th on the Maxitours order of merit which by an incredible coincidence is the same as Tiger Woods’ current world ranking. Rigby was on fire over the closing holes and the silver fox was delighted with his best finish for years.
There were three teams tied on forty points and a card play-off was also required to split the talented trio. Bramall nice guys Steve Merricks(6) and Simon Burgess(15) had a best of the day 24 points on the front nine but after failing to pick up a single point between then on the 15th they had to settle for 3rd place. That didn’t stop them from getting drunk in the bar afterwards.
Denton’s Dave Blood (8)and Jim Cox(5) were pipping after finishing in 2nd place. These two play plenty of Maxitours golf and they used all their experience to also score 40 points. Cox birdied the index 1 fifth hole towards the end of their round to give them a timely boost.
Taking the honours were the pairing of Accountant Phil ‘Duffer’ Davis(6) as he is fondly known and motor industry specialist Steve Lambert(4). Davies loves cold and frosty conditions and proudly informed me that he once appeared on ski Sunday- as a yodeller! He could be heard yodelling down the A556 as he sung his way back to Lymm Golf Club. They were both delighted with the biggest wins of their careers. Steve declared ‘That was brilliant, we really enjoyed it!’
Congratulations chaps , great golf.
Thanks to everyone for your 100% attendance again- superb.
Yours in golf, Tim.
8th Ian Handy Dozen AD333 s
18th Trevor Foster Dozen AD333s
2’s sweep £170 12 srixons or 5 pro v1s
Richard Johnson Trevor Foster Nigel Milroy Terry Rathbone Dave Wilson Stuart Pearson Dale Beaghan Geoff Mitchell Peter Veitch Ian Berrisford
|1||Steve Lambert, Phil Davis||40||12||Cleveland wedge each|
|2||Dave Blood, Jim Cox||40||11||Maxitours merino sweater each|
|3||Steve Merricks, Simon Burgess||40||10||Ashworth sweater each|
|4||John Rigby, Rob McConick||39||9||Ashworth sweater each|
|5||Frank Stapleton, Stuart Pearson||39||8||Cutter and Buck shirt each|
|6||Hugh Mullen, Paul Dalby||39||7||Maxitours shirt each|
|7||Mike Jones, Rick Booth||38||6||Maxitours shirt each|
|8||Carl H-Jones, Gary Crier||38||5||Maxitours shirt each|
|9||Paul Smith, Simon Walton||38||4||Maxitours winter hat|
|10||John Hilditch, Jordan Shepherd||38||3||Maxitours winter hat|
|11||Jason Henderson, Paul Clay||38||2|
|12||Richard Johnson, Tom Davis||38||1|
|13=||Pete Cleaver, Sam Cleaver||38|
|13=||Bob Picthall, John Hulme||38|
|15=||Ian Ainsworth, Greoff Haynes||37|
|15=||Martin France, Pete Atherton||37|
|15=||Jim Caldwell, Andrew Aherne||37|
|15=||John Longworth, Joe Yates||37|
|15=||Alan Simpson, Alan Drew||37|
|15=||Eddie Jordan, David Ashton||37|
|21=||Dave Marchant, Bob Sinclair||36|
|21=||Ray Jones, Ian Berrisford||36|
|21=||Steve Tyrell, Ray Massey||36|
|24=||Simon Hemsley, Dave Howarth||35|
|24=||Trevor Harrison, Ray Stringer||35|
|24=||Paul Rudkin, Kevin Roberts||35|
|24=||Dale Beaghan, Pete Ledger||35|
|24=||Brian Hopkins, Mark Taylor||35|
|24=||Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry||35|
|24=||David Kelly, John Atkin||35|
|24=||Phil Vokes, Barney Ross||35|
|24=||Darren Whittaker, Mike Spencer||35|
|33=||Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle||34|
|33=||Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth||34|
|33=||Chris Wrighton, Geoff Mitchell||34|
|33=||Steve Lamont, Steve Brooks||34|
|33=||Ian George, Ian Smith||34|
|33=||Barry Wilson, Eugenio Fernandez||34|
|39=||Ashley Elliott, Bob Eastwood||33|
|39=||Dave Wilson, Noel Kelly||33|
|39=||Simon Poucher, Vic Nilson||33|
|39=||Terry Rathbone, Keith Tunstall||33|
|39=||Terry Cross, Gerry English||33|
|44=||Lewis Marland, Kevin Seaton||32|
|44=||Stuart Blake, Dave Harlow||32|
|46=||Steve Sutton, Nigel Milroy||31|
|46=||Alan Forber, Dan Murray||31|
|46=||Les Russon, Rob Kenyon||31|
|49=||Peter Veitch, Martin Bradwell||29|
|49=||Pete Taylor, Gavin Laidlaw||29|
|49=||Pete Houston, Steve Riley||29|
|52||Anthony Wilson, John Fielding||27|
Stockport 11am shotgun Thursday 8th December
1a Frank Stapleton x4
1b Ian Ainsworth x4
2 Brian Hopkins x4
3a Richard Blackwell x4
3b Ray Jones x4
4a Martin Bramwell x4
4b Paul Salt x4
5 Jon Hudson x4
6a Simon Ashton x4
7 Craig Dyson x4
7b Simon Hemsley x4
8 Terry Rathbone x2 2 players required
9a Bev Crute x4
9 Les Russon x4
10a David Kelly x4
10b Jim Caldwell x4
11 Simon Poucher x4
12a Mike Dean x4
12b Dale Beaghan x4
13a Colin Roberts x4
13b Ian King x4
14a Mick Mahon x4
15a Phil Vokes x4
15 Trevor Foster x4
16 Les Penson x4
17a Lewis Marland x2 John Hilditch x2
17b Eddie Jordan x4
18 Dave Blood x4
Pete Cotton x4
Nigel Clowes x4
Barry Simpson x4
Richard Williamson x4