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Vale Royal 14th Dec- full
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Maxitours at sizzling Stockport
Incredibly mild and slightly drizzly weather greeted today’s Maxitours competitors at Stockport Golf Club . Thanks to Liam Harrison for videoing the event- please click on this link to watch some high quality golf!
As you can see this class golf course is in really terrific condition for the time of year and Stockport is definitely back to its very best. Adam the new greens keeper has a growing reputation and is earning plenty of respect from members and visitors alike. There has been extensive drainage work on the course and this has paid off allowing us to play when most other local courses were closed due to the large volume of rain that fell last night.
Thanks to everyone at Stockport for making me feel so welcome. Throughout the day various club dignitaries always pop in for a chat and it is noticeable how friendly everyone is. There is a great atmosphere in the clubhouse and pro Gary Norcott is also top man.
Les Russon handed over his team entry fee before play and told me that team mate Rob Kenyon who rarely goes in the 2’s entered as last night he had a dream that he would make two twos. Unfortunately he must have been slightly delirious as it took him at least two shots before he got close to the green on any of them.
Stoke on Trent’s Terry Rathbone was in for a shock when I teamed him up with Neale Laurent and Craig Moylan.
‘What the hell are you doing putting us with two undercover coppers?’ Said the excitable Staffordshire man. He finally calmed down when I told him it was their day off.
Roy Hargreaves from Shrigley Hall teamed up with Alan Pengelly, Alan Smith and Alan Frazer. In an amazing twist of fate Roy’s all time favourite song is Paul Simon’s ‘You can call me Al.’ Which is what he was doing to his team mates all day. Interestingly when he hit his ball out of bounds on the 4th all he could hear was the ‘sound of silence’ and when he hit the pond on the 6th he could be seen looking for a’ bridge over the troubled water.’
In today’s event Les Russon’s cosmopolitan Bramall team were on form again to pick up 5th place with 84 points. Team mate Steve Merricks was talking about himself in the bar again after play. ‘Did you notice I had three birdies today Tim?’
This score was matched and bettered on the last three hole card play off by Knutsford’s Les Penson(15) and his pals from Heyrose golf Club-Graham Jackson(11), Mike Hazeldine(19) and Steve Blakeway(3). These four are drinking buddies in the Station pub at Mobberley and that was where they were headed to celebrate after a successful day on the links.
Craig Dyson(8) is known as ‘the jigsaw’ because his game often falls to pieces. Today it all came together with some great shot making. The missing piece of the puzzle was new team mate Russ Lees(7) who picked up six shots during his round. John Kilner(5) and Dave Smith(12) completed the talented quartet.
Eddie Jordan(14) from Chorley is a lovely man and he had his best finish for nearly eight years as his team scored an impressive 87 points to take 2nd place. Five handicapper Dean Hibbert recorded four gross birdies as the whole team contributed well. Brian Carroll(11) and Dave Ashton(11) also played very well.
When a fresh faced emotional Greg Norman won the Australian Masters in 1981 he said ‘ I would like to thank my parents for all they have done, especially my mum and dad.’ Hugh Mullen(9) was also overcome with emotion and talking gibberish in the bar after his first victory of the year. Team mates Barney Ross (4), Paul Dalby(5) and Phil Vokes(4) were delighted to be back in the prizes after a barren spell. Well played chaps, great scoring.
‘The green keeper deserves a big pat on the back- those greens were firm and true all day’ said a delighted Vokes.
Thanks to all who played today, once again there was a 100% attendance- brilliant.
Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest the Pin 16th Ian Berresford Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin in two 18th Martin Routley Dozen AD333s
2’s £170 3 pro v1s or 8 srixon AD333s per two
Phil Vokes Geoff Bloom Andy Corner Brendon Leighton Terry Rathbone Keith Tunstall Ian Berresford Dave Harris x2 Steve Blakeway Frank Stapleton Richard Blackwell Jim Caldwell Mike Masser Nigel Warley
|1||Phil Vokes, Barney Ross, Paul Dalby, Hugh Mullen||87||12||FJ Merino sweater each|
|2||Eddie Jordan, David Ashton, Brian Carroll, Dean Hibbert||87||10||Ashworth Sweater each|
|3||Craig Dyson, Russ Lees, John Kilner, Dave Smith||85||8||Sunice shirt each|
|4||Les Penson, Mike Hazeldine, Graham Jackson, Steve Blakeway||84||6||Maxitours shirt each|
|5||Les Russon, Rob Kenyon, Ian Handy, Steve Merricks||84||4||Maxitours shirt each|
|6||Frank Stapleton, Stuart Pearson, Dave Wilson, John Gripton||83||2||Cleveland winter hat each|
|7||Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Alan Costello, Ian Smith||83|
|8=||Andy Salt, Mike Hill, Andy Corner, Hjohn Taylor||82|
|8=||Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, John Hilton, Chris Marshall||82|
|8=||Ian King, Joe Kirwan, Darren Whittaker, Mike Spencer||82|
|11||John Rigby, Dave Marchant, Bob Sinclair, Alan Hunt||81|
|12||David Kelly, Dave Harlow, Bob Sutton, John Atkin||79|
|13=||Mike Dean, Neil Swarbrick, Mike Masser, Pete Tomlinson||78|
|13=||Jim Caldwell, Nigel Milroy, Bryce Brooks, Nigel Nichens||78|
|13=||Simon Ashton, Lawrence Boswell, Dave Harris, Mick Jones||78|
|16=||Alan Pengelly, Alan Smith, Alan Frazer, Roy Hargreaves||77|
|16=||Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle||77|
|16=||Trevor Foster, Peter Cross, Nigel Warley, Pete Houston||77|
|19=||Terry Rathbone, Keith Tunstall, Neale Laurent, Craig Moylan||76|
|19=||Dale Beaghan, Pete Ledger, Anthony Wilson, John Fielding||76|
|21=||Bev Crute, Geoff Bloom, David Shelmerdine, Graham Pike||75|
|21=||Lewis Marland, Alf Shillitoe, Rob Laurent, Gareth Winstone||75|
|21=||Peter Noblett, Peter Veitch, Andy Veitch, Dave Lomax||75|
|24=||Geoff Haynes, Bernard McDonald, Peter Fidler, Trevor Harrison||73|
|24=||Ray Jones, Steve Tyrell, Ian Berresford, Dave Scholes||73|
|24=||Paul Salt, Jon Hudson, Rob Hughes, John Hudson||73|
Vale Royal Weds 14th December 2016
1a Jim Caldwell x4
1b John Stubbs x4
2a Dave Blood x4
2b Brian Hopkins x4
3 Paul Salt x4
4 Simon Taylor x4
4b Dale Beaghan x4
5 Eddie Jordan x4
5b Les Penson x4
6 Phil Dermott x4
7 John Berry x4
7 Rob Little x4
8 Frank Stapleton x4
8b Les Russon x4
9a Ian King x4
10 Mick Mahon x4
11a Lewis Marland x4
11b Trevor Foster x4
12a Richard Blackwell x4
12b Phil Vokes x4
13 Dan Huffman x4
14 Dave Moore x4
14b Dan Huffman x4
15a Rob Weston x4
15b Dave Goodwin x4
16 Pete Tinkler x4
17 Paul Smith x4
18a Bev Crute x4
18b Chris Adams x4
res Si Hemsley x4
Gary Neiles x4