*Room for just1 team at Caldy next Weds and 1 team at Fairhaven 23rd Jan*
Maxitours at stunning Vale Royal
Vale Royal was the first class setting for the second Maxitours event of 2018. The best weather of the year greeted the full field of players and a truly great days golf was had by all.
The greens were hand mown this morning and the holes were freshly cut as Justin the new Vale Royal Green keeper continues to impress our players with his presentation.
‘Those greens were awesome’ reported Dave Blood.
‘I really, really, loved it out there’ beamed Les Russon.
‘This is my favourite Maxitours venue’ announced knowledgeable Rob Kenyon.
It really felt like Spring was in the air as temperatures soared into double figures. The snowdrops and crocuses were out, the birds were singing and Jim Rymer claimed a daffodil was impeding his backswing in the deep rough behind the 16th green.
Handy-man Barney ‘hard as nails’ Ross is out in all weathers and he enjoyed playing golf in short sleeves in the January sunshine. White collar Financial advisor Geoff Andrews has softer hands and is not quite as tough but even he took his sweater off for half an hour to soak up some much needed vitamin D. Roll on Spring!
Martin Bramwell and Neil McKinlay played in the Hale mens team which narrowly pipped the ladies team by 11 shots. Their good looking wives Gweneth and Jane are both lovely golfers and they are not used to being beaten by their less talented husbands. Gweneth was delighted for hubby Martin : ‘Congratulations darling, by the way it’s bread and jam for your dinner tonight.’
John Royle and Dustin Johnson both hit the drives of their life this week. Dustin hit his tee shot around 360 yards for a tap in eagle. Royles’ drive today on the 10th also finished within two feet of the flag but it was on the 174 yard short par three. ‘It was uphill into a breeze and I took a bit off it’ claimed the Sale man who was overjoyed to win his first Maxitours nearest the pin prize.
In todays event scoring was very close once again. Lymm Golf Club’s Roger Percival(6) Josh Brand(4) Phil Byrne(17) and Ed Wilkinson(7) took third place with 87 points but they were beaten into second on a card play-off by Brookdale’s charismatic Lewis Marland(15), Kevin Seaton(5), Neale Laurent(12) and Josh Ainscough(4). The team played the tough par three holes in an impressive three under par which was the foundation of their success.
Winning today was the strange speaking Accrington team of one retired fireman and three financial advisors. Phil Mahers(11) has stopped fighting fires and is now fighting a hook but this didn’t stop him playing some great golf at Vale Royal. Chris Beaghan(11), Pete Ledger (18)and Pete Houston(13) are well known financial advisors in ‘Akky’ and they have been known to advise clients to invest in whippets, pigeons and meat pies.
Well played chaps great first win of the year.
Thanks for your support, Tim
Nearest the Pin 10th John Royle Dozen AD333s
Nearest the Pin 16th Dave Marchant Dozen AD333s
2’s £145 14 Ad333s or 6 pro V1s Neil McKinlay John Dickenson Richard Williamson Phil Robinson Paul Sherlock Paul Allen Mark Taylor Ed Wilkinson
|1||Chris Beaghan, Pete Ledger, Pete Houston, Phil Mahers||88||12||Sunice tops each|
|2||Lewis Marland, Kev Seaton, Neale Laurent, Josh Ainscough||87||10||PGA Jacket each|
|3||Roger Percival, Ed Percival, Josh Brand, Phil Byrne||87||8||Maxitours shirt each|
|4||Frank Stapleton, Stuart Pearson, Kevan Hawkins, Dave Wilson||85||6||Pro quip shirt each|
|5||Les Russon, Steve Merricks, Ken Clarke, Rob Kenyon||84||4||Cabreta leather glove each|
|6||Phil Vokes, Barney Ross, Paul Sherlock,||84||2||Sleeve srixon z stars each|
|7=||Richard Williamson, Paul Woodbine, Phil Robinson, Dave Goodwin||83|
|7=||Joe Kirwan, Mike Spencer, Gareth Bradley, Peter Meyer||83|
|9||Dave Marchant, Jeff Andrews, Frank Wallace, Dave Mason||82|
|10||Steve Foxcroft, Trevor Webb, John Royle, Guy Hall||81|
|11=||Trevor Foster, Dale Beaghan, Andy Walmsley, Adam Thompson||80|
|11=||Martin Bramwell, Dave McKinlay, Peter Veitch, Matt Nelstrup||80|
|13=||Chris Adams, Richard Johnson, Steve Hall, Paul Allen||79|
|13=||Jim Caldwell, Nigel Milroy, Ray Tuft, David Williams||79|
|13=||Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Ged Roylance, David Howells||79|
|16=||Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Tony Walsh, Geoff Ellam||78|
|16=||Eugenio Fernandez, Simon Wilkinson, Steve Lamont, John Fitzsimmons||78|
|16=||John Dickenson, Jim Rymer, Dave McDougall, Paul Lord||78|
|16=||Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly, Mark Johnson, Mark Taylor||78|
|20=||Steve Heywood, Dave Sully, Ian Appleton, Miles Hilton||77|
|20=||Danny Richie, Andy Hale, Carl Robinson, Ian Melling||77|
|22||Dave Parsons , Chris Leonard, Steve Thomas, Jeff Sherburn||75|
|23||Gweneth Bramwell, Jan Ravenscroft, Jane McKinlay, Helen Davies||69|
|24||Dave Williams, John Stockdale, Craig Varten, Patrick Roche||68|
Start times at Caldy Thursday 18th January
1a Colin Roberts x4
1bDavid Kelly x4
2 John Hunt x4
3a Simon Taylor x4
3bNeil Edwards x4
4 John Wallis x4
5a Simon Ashton x4
5b Mike Dean x4
6 Simon Walton x4
6b Trevor Foster x4
7 Stuart Reynolds x4
7b Dave Blease x4
8 Ian Hellens x4
9a Martin France x4
10 ian Gemmell x4
11a Simon Hemsley x4
11b Jim Caldwell x4
12aPhil Vokes x4
12b Brian Hopkins x4
13 Lewis Marland x4
14a Richard Blackwell x4
14b Richard Williamson x4
15 Steve Heywood x4
16a Sam Leach x4
16b Jim Rymer x4
17 Les Russon x4
18a Roy Ainsworth x4
18b Lee Tilley x4