Results from one of Cheshire’s finest – Vale Royal

Space now for 2 teams at Caldy next Thursday

Maxitours at Vale Royal Golf Club

Vale Royal was in amazing condition for the visit of Maxitours. This class course is now right up there with the very best in Cheshire and is more than playable twelve months of the year. Head green keeper John is highly rated in the profession and his well cared for greens are played on throughout the Winter and they remain superb throughout the summer- brilliant work John.

Thanks to Ian Embury and his lovely team for all their work today.

The very strong winds meant that players were faced with extremely exhilarating conditions. It has been a long time since Dale Beaghan was called fresh faced by anyone but that is how he described himself after a windswept 18 holes at Vale Royal today. ‘That really blew the cobwebs away’ said the Pleasington man.

John Dickenson hits the ball left to right. In calm summer conditions this could be kindly described as a controlled fade. Today playing into a howling gale on the first hole slicing John was aiming further and further left as he set up over the ball. Eventually he was aiming so far left decided to turn all the way around and start again.

Speaking to the golfers after they completed their gale force round the general consensus was that it was a tough challenge but very enjoyable.

Mike Hill looked worried in the Clubhouse as he nibbled on his bacon butty and asked if it was going to stay dry through the day ‘I hate getting cold and wet on the golf course’ he informed me.

I told him that clear skies were forecast so he had absolutely no need to worry. He began his round on the 14th hole and as he prepared to play his approach into the green he watched his electric trolley career out of control towards the green-side pond. After a fruitless chase he had to climb waist high into the icy water to pull it out. He spent the rest of the day trying to defrost.
‘You were right about the forecast’ he admitted after his damp round. ‘We didn’t get wet’.

John Stubbs is on the 2/5 diet which is two days fasting each week and five days eating normally. ‘It was tough going out there- it’s a good job it wasn’t a fasting day or I might have really struggled’

I asked him if he got grumpy with wife on his fasting days as even I have been known to get a little short tempered with my wife Suzy when I am hungry. ‘He’s miserable seven days a week so his wife hasn’t noticed any difference’ informed his playing partner and good pal John Royle.

Playing in his second Maxitours event FC United manager Carl Margison enjoyed Vale Royal but his team struggled. ‘I tried to substitute Alan Vaughan on the back nine because he was that bad but he wouldn’t come off’ said the Davyhulme man.

In today’s event Wilmslow member Jim Caldwell(11)played alongside Andrew Aherne(18), Richard Blackwell(13) and Peter Freeman(15). They made the most of the downwind holes as they picked up 6 shots on the 7th 8th and 9th holes and managed to limit the damage into the wind.

Clitheroe’s Mark Jones(14), Eddie Sterling(7)Ian Brooks(18) and Mike Parkin(12) ony dropped one shot on the 1st hole and they played solid golf to score an impressive 81 points to take second place.

Winning the second event of 2017 was Gary Neiles(6) from Sandiway playing alongside Lymm’s Joe Yates(15) John Longworth(14) and John Morton(12). They picked up two shots on the 17th followed by two birdies on the downwind 18th hole which gave them a real boost over the closing holes. Well played chaps.

Good luck to all players heading off with me to Portugal tomorrow. Clear sunshine is forecast all week and tomorrow is set for 17 degrees. I hope to take 20 teams next year please let me know if you would be interested so I can negotiate another great rate for next year.

Thanks to everyone for turning out in testing conditions, I hope you enjoyed your day . Yours in Golf, Tim
2s £107.50 16 pro V1s or 36 srixon AD333s each Hugh Mullin John Hewitt
Nearest the Pin 10th Dean Hibbert Dozen AD333s
Nearest the Pin 16th Dozen AD333s

Vale Royal 11-Jan-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Gary Neiles, John Longworth, Joe Yates, John Morton 83 12 Callaway wind top each
2 Mark Jones, Eddie Sterling, Ian Brooks, Mike Parkin 81 10 PGA tour jacket each
3 Jim Caldwell, Richard Blackwell, Andrew Aherne, Peter Freeman 79 8 Ashworth sweater each
4 Phil Vokes, Paul Dalby, Barney Ross, Hugh Mullin 79 6 Dozen AD333s each
5 Phil Dermott, Reece Cranfield, Dave Peel, Andy Peet 79 4 Maxitours winter hat each
6 John Aikenhead, Mark Gauchie, Gordon Hamlett, Pete Hamlett 78 2 Maxitours winter hat each
7= Munro Donald, Nigel Clowes, Nigel Compsty, Phil Hanson 76
7= Dale Beaghan, Pete Ledger, Peter Cross, Jack Smith 76
9 Pete Holmes, Mark Brierley, Pete Tinkler, Rod Price 75
10= Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Paul Wodbine, Pete Keena 73
10= Anton Johnson, Russ Johnson, James Osborne, Eric Smith 73
10= Martin France, Pete Atherton, John Hewitt, Peter Heald 73
10= Paul Salt, Mike Hill , Andy Corner, John Taylor 73
14= Alan Vaughan, Dave Reynolds, Joe Bazuki, Carl Margison 72
14= Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon 72
14= Eddie Jordan, Dave Ashton, Dean Hibbert, Brian Carroll 72
17 Dave Marchant, Bob Sincair, Rob De Coninck, John Rigby 71
18= Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly, Alan Smith, Roy Hargreaves 70
18= Lewis Marland, Kevin Seaton, John Seaton, Joe Loughman 70
20= Jim Rymer, John Dickenson, Bob Mottershead, Paul Lord 68
20= Trevor Foster, John Fielding, Matt Mortimer, Chris Taylor 68
22= Craig Dyson, Ben Lever, Russell Lees, John Kilner 67
22= Simon Poucher, Greg Brown, Ken Brown, Campbell Wilson 67
24 Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Alan Costello, Ian George 64
25 Kenny Chinn, John McCartney, Alan Burton, Ken Ackers 63

Maxitours at Caldy Thursday 19th January
11am Shotgun
1a Colin Roberts x4
1b Jim Rymer x4
2 Ian King x4
3a Trevor Foster x4
3b Richard Blackwell x4
4a Roger Percival x4
4b Mark Jones x4
5 Mick Fenton x4
6 Koos Alders x4
8 Les Russon x4
9a Dale Beaghan x4
9b Adam Galvin x4
10 Adam Galvin x4
11a Dave Parsons x4
11b Chris Adams x4
12a David Kelly x4
12b Rob Weston x4
13 Simon Poucher x4
14a John Stubbs x4
14b Simon Hemsley x4
15 Brian Hopkins x4
16a Steve Aspinall x4
16b Dave Goodwin x4
17 Bev Crute x4
18a Mick Mahon x4
18b Eddie Jordan x4