Maxitours at very dry Dunham Forest

2 team Spaces at Mottram Hall – next Thursday- ‘The course is in excellent condition’

Maxitours at incredibly dry Dunham

Dunham Forest was once again in terrific condition for the latest Maxitours event.
The greens were like carpets and the huge ancient trees had soaked up any signs of recent rainfall to ensure a great day was had by all. Even Gary Holman who bought some shoes off me 11 months ago (and is desperate to make the most of his 12 month warranty like he did last year) couldn’t complain that his shoes were letting any water in as there wasn’t any to be seen on this great course.

The green keepers were out at 7.15am this morning preparing for us and they were still cutting grass at 6pm tonight – brilliant work. The high quality of the clubhouse staff and food make this a very popular venue for our players- thanks to all at the Club.

Cormack Henry made his debut today and although being an average golfer he is definitely the best ‘flautist’ ever to play on Maxitours. He plays his flute for the Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra. His team mate -the very posh scouser Rob Farnham -reckons that the favourite instrument on Merseyside is the violin as most Liverpudlians he knows are on the fiddle from a very young age.

Old Frank Hardy has worked hard on his mind game with his coach and has decided to have a more positive mental approach to the game this Autumn. He was soon back to his old grumpy ways after two lost balls and a four putt in his first three holes. ‘The only new leaf he ‘s turned over was when he was looking for his ball under that big oak tree ‘ chuckled playing partner Bob Norman.

I have played with Dave Goodwin and I can report that he is not one of the better bunker players I have seen, in fact he is one of the worst. Dave shocked his team today when he was in the sand on the 8th and asked for the flag to be attended . ‘He’s been watching too much golf on sky sports’ Phil Robinson muttered . Dave then chipped in for a two to silence his many critics.

The superb and receptive greens, firm fairways, shortened course and calm conditions led to the best scoring of the year, even Garry Dowdles’ team nearly got 80 points.

Steve Woods and Paul Woods played on the same team but they are eager to confirm that they are not related. They are both good ball strikers but struggle to stay in the fairway. It is rumoured that the phrase ‘can’t see the Woods for the trees ‘ originated from one of their team mates during a recent monthly medal. They weren’t in the trees today however and were delighted to finish in 7th place with Nigel Edwards and Jason Atherton on 85 points.

Leigh Golf Club handicaps travel well and Graham Littler (17)Jim Doran(11) Pete Daniels(19) and Chris Doran (15) took 4th place with 89 points. Chris is a teacher and making the most of his two week half term holidays, he will soon be off for a month at Christmas to work on his skiiing.

The Hale ‘A’ team as they like to call themselves took 3rd place on the card play off with 89 points. Brian Greenbank(6), John Kennedy(12) and the famous Wainwright brothers Mike(18) and David(13) all played excellent golf . Greenbank shot his best round of the year shooting a level par 72.

Runners up spot went to Wychwood Parks s Tom Butler(11) Darren Sumner(9) Gary Nixon(8) and Sean O’Connor. The par 5’s were reachable for the bigger hitters and Tom’s team picked up 7 shots on the two par fives on the back nine.

Winning their first ever Maxitours event after several years of bad golf was Leigh golf Clubs Tom Wallis(19), Dave Tongue(10), Mark Pasqual (11)and Tony Green(15). Mark Pasqual has a big recruitment business and he selected his team well today! -Congratulations on your excellent performance.
Thanks to everyone for your support , I hope you had a great round.

The Maxitours Order of Merit was won by Prestbury Golf Clubs Chris Adams who wins a limited edition Taylor Made Porsche designed putter. Ever present Martin France finished in 2nd and his good pal Pete Atherton finished in 3rd spot. Congratulations to all three on some great golf this Summer.

The Stubart Sponsored Winter Order of Merit starts at Mottram Hall next week and will run until April. The top ten in the Order of Merit will shootout for great prizes at Knutsford in the end of season event.

Nearest the Pin 8th Richard Williamson Doz AD333
Nearest the pin in 2 18th Ian King Doz AD333

Message from Paul Dennis – Dunham Head Professional ‘We offer a winter membership from November 1st to March 31st which allows unlimited golf for only £400. When you consider the standard of the course and how easily it copes with wintery conditions this represents great value.
As of today there are just 11 places available. If you are interested please email paul

2’s £212.50 4 pro v1s or 10 Srixons per 2.
Paul Woods James Shipston Steve Sutton Brian Greenbank Mike Wainwright Billy Rawsthore Pete Roche Graham Jackson Andy Oakes Richard Williamson Dave Goodwin Tony Jennison James Wilson Charles Beadle

Dunham Forest 26-Oct-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 John Wallis, DaveTongue, Mark Pasqual, Tony Green 91 12 Sunice waterproof top each
2 Tom Butler, Darren Sumner, Sean O’Connor, Gary Nixon 90 10 Galvin Green shirt each
3 Brian Greenbank, Mike Wainwright, Dave Wainwright, John Kennedy 89 8 Sunice shirt each
4 Graham Littler, Jim Doran, Pete Daniels, Chris Doran 89 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Andy Oakes, John Kennon 88 4 Maxitours shirt each
6 Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Kevin Reeves, Chris Walley 87 2 Maxitours bag towel
7= Nigel Edwards, Steve Woods, Jason Atherton, Paul Woods 85 Maxitours bag towel
7= Lewis Marland, Neale Laurent, Kevin Seaton, Rob Laurent 85
7= Peter Maher, Russell Humphries, Charles Beadle, Martin Higgins 85
10= Martin Bramwell, Chris Brown, Andy Veitch, Richard Hogben 84
10= Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, John Hilton, Chris Marshall 84
10= Peter Hamlett, Gordon Hamlett, Gary Hempstead, Mike Lynch 84
13 Mike Gray, Dave Hough, Chris Foster, Pete Warburton 83
14= Pete Monaghan, Mark Perrin, Peter Ellis, Rob Fenwick 81
14= David Kelly, John Atkin, Dave Harlow, Stuart Blake 81
16= Roy Ainsworth, Peter Heald, Steve Collier, Malc Thornily 79
16= Garry Dowdle, Olivier Troalen, David Bigley, Steve Sutton 79
18= John Hunt, Alison Shipston, James Shipstone, Pete Leonard 78
18= Ian Gemmell, Chris Hammond, Bob Coley, Pete Roche 78
18= David Thomas, Jim Clarke, Richard T-Carr, Graham Jackson 78
21 John Stubbs, John Royle, Guy Hall, Dave Allen 77
22= Trevor Webb, Tony Andrews, Steve Foxcroft, Graham Collins 76
22= Ian King, Simon Hemsley, Mike Spencer, Marcus Green 76
22= Jack Coleman, Anthony Bloor, Mike Gauden, Steve Mattinson 76
25= Paul Evans , Tony Evans, Stuart Hibbert, Darren Forrester 75
25= Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle, Munro Donald 75
25= Jim Rymer, John Dickenson, Rob Farnham, Cormack Henry 75
28 Ian Hellens, Andy Yates, Bill Heywood, Paul Robinson 73

Mottram Hall AM AM Thursday 2nd November
11am shotgun start
1a Mick Mahon x4
1b Les Russon x4
2a Simon Hemsley x4
2b Phil Vokes x4
3 Steve Heywood x4
4a Greth Bradley x4
5 Barry Jackson x4
6 Dave Blood x4
7a Brian Greenbank x4
8 Jim Rymer x4
8b Lee Tilley x4
9 Chris Adamsx4
9b Lewis Marland x4
10a Brian Hopkins x4
10b Mike Stewart x4
12a Richard Blackwell x4
12b Rob Hands x4
13 Jim Caldwell x4
14 Paul Evans x4
15 Nic Hercules x4
16 Paul Fell x4
18a Dave Crowther x4
18b John Hunt x4