Results from marvellous Mottram Hall

Maxitours at marvellous Mottram Hall

A great day was enjoyed by those Maxitours competitors who travelled to Mottram Hall today. The greens are always terrific throughout the year and today was no exception. The course drains very well especially on the front nine and all players were extremely happy with playing conditions. Thank to George and all the Mottram staff for their help. I don’t know how he does it but Stuart the green keeper always presents his course in tip top condition despite 100 golfers a day throughout the year- top man.

‘ That course is amazing considering the rain’ noted three handicapper Iain Bartholomew.

‘The course was terrific, much better than we expected’ reported Graham Bates

‘Well that beats sitting at home with the wife’ admitted John Royle

Punctual John Farnsworths pet hate is arriving late. He also carries a large flask of whisky with him to help him relax on the golf course. His playing partner was delayed by half an hour and picked him up late so stressed John emptied his flask even before he left his house this morning. Another large nip in the clubhouse with his coffee calmed him a little more and another gulp on the 1st tee helped to smooth out his restricted back swing. John staggered down the 1st and played his best golf for some months finishing 6th with 42 points. Well played John.

In today’s event starting at the bottom of the leaderboard Chris Icely didn’t play nicely as he scored 34 points and Ray ‘Haddock’ missed a couple of ‘Tiddlers’ on his way to 37 points.

Near the top of the leader board was legendary Cheshire player Gareth Bradley (+2).He recently finished second in the televised European father and son championship. Many people could be forgiven for thinking fresh faced partner Simon Hemsley was his son but Simon assures me he is a similar age to Gareth. It was the far less talented Simon (9) who did the damage with three birdies of his own on the front nine as the pair scored 44 points to take 4th.

Maxitours regular John Rigby(14) is a lovely man who has his very own technique. Today for some reason it was working well as he played with Alsager’s Tony Adams(20) They also recorded 44 points. John’s birdie on the second helped get the pair off to a good start. They were getting nervy on the tougher back nine however and on their last six holes scored 1,3,1,3,1,3. They narrowly won the card play-off and were delighted with a season best third place.

Andy Stone(17) worked for Astra Zeneca in statistics (whatever that means). Today he was estimating a last place finish after just 19 points on the front nine playing alongside fellow Astra Zeneca man Neil Drummond(13). On the back nine they felt the chemistry develop and between them they parred every hole for an impressive 26 point haul to take 2nd .

Winning today was ex-Hollyoaks heart-throb Rob Norbury(15) and Lee Tilley(11). Unfortunately the only throbbing Lee has ever done was when he dropped his golf bag and broke his toe last year. After a strong front nine Rob felt the pressure and decided to let his Saddleworth partner score on all the closing seven holes. Lee is a class act and despite playing under intense stress picked up vital points after excellent pars on the 12th, 14th and 17th. Well played chaps – great golf.

Thanks to all those who travelled today despite this weeks change of venue and heavy rain this morning- (including from Barrow, Matlock and Bakewell!)
I’m sure you enjoyed your day, Tim

Nearest the pin 7th Richard Palmer Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin 11th Barney Ross Doxen AD333s
2’s 6 pro v1s or 15 srixons AD333s £77.50 Darryl Parker Pete Norbury Kris Icely Chris Beakey

Mottram Hall 02-Mar-2017
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Lee Tilley, Rob Norbury 46 12 Cleveland Wedge each
2 Neil Drummond, Andy Stone 45 11 PGA Tour jacket each
3 John Rigby, Tony Adams 44 10 PGA Tour jacket each
4 Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley 44 9 Callaway shirt each
5 John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew 43 8 Maxitours shirt each
6 Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth 42 7 Winter Mitts each
7 Chris McKellor, Mike Hillman 42 6
8 Steve Merricks , Ken Clarke 42 5
9 John Stubbs, John Royle 41 4
10 Paul Dalby, Andrew Leather 41 3
11 Jim Clarke, Darryl Parker 41 2
12 Pete Norbury, Mike Norbury 40 1
13= Phil Vokes, Barney Ross 40
13= Dave Lomax, Jeff Clements 40
13= Alan Pengelly, Andy Bairstow 40
16= Dave Moore, Dave Parsons 39
16= Richard Blackwell, John Hilton 39
16= Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle 39
19= Colin Roberts, Greg Pointon 38
19= Les Russon, Rob Kenyon 38
21= Mike George, Kris Icely 37
21= Chris Gregory, Neil Fennah 37
21= Bri Hopkins, Ray Haddock 37
24 Ged Elton, Chris Beakey 35
25 Gordon Tilsey, Chris Icely 34
26 Graham Bates, Peter Booth 33

Dunham Forest start times
Thursday 9th March
8.00 Colin Roberts x4
8.09 James Wilson x4
8.18 Chris Webster x4
8.27 Ian King x4
8.36 John Hunt x2 orx4 (later)
8.45 Phil Vokes x4
8.54 Kenny CHinn x4
9.03 Barry Wilson x4
9.12 Bev Crute x4
9.21 Bob Mottershaed x4
9.30 Dave Blood x4
9.39 Mick Mahon x4
9.48 Brian Greenbank x4
9.57 John Berry x4
10.06 John Hilditch x4
10.15 Bob Kwan x4
10.24 Les Russon x4
10.33 Roy Ainsworth x4
10.42 Barry Simpson x4
10.45 Ian Ainsworth x4
10.51 Trevor Foster x4
11.00 Dale Beaghan x4
11.09 Frank Stapleton x4
11.18 Dave Parsons x4
11.27 Graham Jackson x4
11.36 Eddie Jordan x4
11.45 Martin France x4
11.53 Steve Johnson x4
12.01 Steve Parle x4
12.09 Mark Maguire x4
12.17 Mark Berrisford x4
12.25 Paul Rudkin x4
12.33 John Stubbs x4
12.41 Richard Blackwell x4
12.50 Paul Donnelly x4
12.59 Brian Hopkins x4