Summer Maxitours events filling fast!!
Maxitours at stupendous Sandiway
I thought I was back in Portugal as the best day of the year so far was enjoyed by just over 100 Maxitours competitors at Sandiway Golf Club in the heart of Cheshire.
Thanks to top Head Golf Professional Gareth Jones and all the Clubhouse staff for looking after us so well. Nearest the Pin markers are taken out, registration tables are set up and breakfast is cooking before I arrive in the morning- Sandiway is a class act- thank you.
Sandiway is also great track and famous for its free draining fairways and greens. Despite heavy overnight drain the course was incredibly dry and even John Graham’s tatty old shoes which have been leaking for well over five years didn’t let any water in. He was delighted to be wearing dry socks as he enjoyed his pint in the clubhouse for the first time this winter.
It was great to be back organising Maxitours in this country after running and playing in a small overseas pro-am last week and I am feeling mentally stronger than ever ready for the playing season ahead. My twenty stone pro-am team mate Dave Antrobus kept dancing on my line but I didn’t lose my temper once and I haven’t mentioned it to anyone.
In today’s event conditions really were ideal all day so there could be no excuses for any poor scores. Any pairing scoring less than 36 points have got problems.
Fifth place went to Gary Bailey(21) and Pete Hamlett (7)with 43 points. They were rocking like an MFI wardrobe over their closing holes but then managed to hole a couple of tricky putts and were delighted to record their best finish for over a year.
Brian Greenbank(6) travelled the world as a professional paint baller when he was younger. He was hitting the target with some fine shooting today and they would have taken first place had his partner John Newton(21) not missed a one foot putt. Brian only mentioned it five times in the bar.
Sale Golf Club nice guys John Berry(9) and Chris O’Regan(18) took third place and pal Terry Benson marked their card. He kept telling John how good his partner was:
‘your partner Chris has a superb swing’
‘your partner played some solid iron shots’
‘your man there- he is very handy’
‘Your partner has great feel around the greens’ eventually John got fed up with all the compliments and asked him ‘what the hell are you after?’
‘ I’m after your partner’ replied Terry.
Wilmslow’s Jim Caldwell(11) is well into his seventies and fit as a fiddle. This shrewd businessman is even shrewder on the course. He used all his guile and stamina to finish in second place after a strong finish playing with Steve Barlow(4)- brilliant.
Prestbury members Chris Adams(12) and Steve Hall(16) took first place with 44 points. These extremely wealthy retired bankers were feeling sorry for themselves after they only picked up a single point on their first hole. Adams then caught fire, recording three birdies including two, two’s.. Steve eventually contributed with four points after a class birdie on the tough seventh to help them squeeze into 1st place. Well played chaps you have played great golf on a great course.
Thanks to all who played today I hope you enjoyed the day.
Yours in Golf Tim
Nearest the pin on the 8th couldn’t be separated so they share the prize!
Nearest the Pin at 8th hole John Berry/George Buchan 6 srixons each
Nearest the Pin 18th hole Dan Huffman Dozen Srixons
4 pro v1s or 10 srixons
Mike Clewley Chris Adams x2 Brian Greenbank John Royle John Stubbs Pete Mellor Steve Barlow John Berry Jim Clarke Roger Percival
|1||Chris Adams, Steve Hall||44||12||Cleveland Wedge each|
|2||Jim Caldwell, Steve Barlow||43||11||Maxitours Merino sweater each|
|3||John Berry, Chris O’Regan||43||10||PGA Tour Jacket|
|4||Brian Greenbank, John Newton||43||9||Callaway shirt each|
|5||Pete Hamlett, Gary Bailey||43||8||Callaway shirt each|
|6||Neil Higgins, Ian Waller||42||7||Maxitours Shirt each|
|7||Steve Merricks, Simon Burgess||42||6||Maxitours Shirt each|
|8||John Hunt, Gary Vaulks||42||5||Maxitours Shirt each|
|9||Dave Marchant, Bob Sinclair||41||4||Winter Mitts each|
|10||Dan Huffman, Pete Mellor||41||3||Winter Hat each|
|11||Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley||41||2|
|12||Mark Jones , Jordan Garner||41||1|
|13=||Paul Donnely, Damien Clayton||41|
|13=||Jason Henderson, Paul Clay||41|
|15=||Richard Palmer, John Farnworth||40|
|15=||Barney Ross, Chih Hu||40|
|15=||Ian King, Mike Spencer||40|
|15=||Frank Stapleton, Stuart Pearson||40|
|15=||Graham Jackson, Vernon Hayes||40|
|15=||Phil Scott, Joe Nicholson||40|
|15=||Bill Harvey, Brian Rogerson||40|
|22=||Eddie Jordan, Dave Ashton||39|
|22=||Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright||39|
|22=||Jon Hume, Bob Day||39|
|22=||Dave Thomas, Jim Clarke||39|
|22=||Martin France, Pete Atherton||39|
|27=||Mike Clewley, Richard Johnson||38|
|27=||Brian Hopkins, Mark Taylor||38|
|27=||John Royle, Guy Hall||38|
|27=||Ray Stringer, Joe Shelley||38|
|27=||Roger Fielding, Mike Stott||38|
|27=||Phil Vokes, Paul Dalby||38|
|27=||Dave Blood, Jim Cox||38|
|27=||Duncan Challen, Tony Walsh||38|
|27=||Jim Hodges, Chris Burrows||38|
|27=||Pete Ledger, Matt Mortimer||38|
|27=||Wayne Harris, Mark Simister||38|
|38=||Terry Benson, Stan Devlin||37|
|38=||Ian Ainsworth, Geoff Haynes||37|
|38=||Sam Leach, Johnny Barton||37|
|38=||Simon Walton, Peter Smith||37|
|42=||Mike George, Chris Ickley||36|
|42=||Martin Cox, Barry Simpson||36|
|42=||Les Russon, Rob Kenyon||36|
|42=||John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew||36|
|46=||Steve Johnson, Gary Crier||35|
|46=||Dale Beaghan, Gary Beaghan||35|
|46=||George Buchan, Dave Garnett||35|
|46=||Neil Ainsworth, Gary Lavers||35|
|50=||Neale Laurent, Gareth Winstone||34|
|50=||John Stubbs, Dave Moores||34|
|52||Dave Jones, Carl Henshall-Jones||33|
|53||Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle||30|
Ormskirk Pairs Thursday 16th Feb 11am shotgun
1a Mick Mahon x4
1b Trevor Foster x4
2 Roger Percival x4
2 Lewis Marland x2 John Hilditch x2
3 John Stubbs x4
4 Dave Blood x4
4b Si Hemsley x4
5a Greg Adams x4
5 Brian Hopkins x4
6 Chih Hu x4
7a Mark Pasquill x4
7b Steve Aspinall x4
8 Dale Beaghan x4
9aKoos Alders x4
9b Chris Adams x4
10a Mick Fenton x4
10b David Kelly x4
11 Simon Poucher x4
11a Lee Jevons x2Richard Blackwell x2
12Simon Taylor x4
13a Mark Jones x2 Keith Tunstall x2
13b Nigel Compsty x2 John Hunt x2
14 George Buchan x4
15a Les Russon x4
15b John Heaton x4
16 Eddie Jordan x4
17 Phil Vokes x4
18a Colin Roberts x4
Ray Jones x4