Next week- two great events!
Prestbury AM AM Thursday 4th
Hopwood AM AM Friday 5th – Spaces at this rearranged fixture on this superb course!
There is also room for 1 team who wish to play both days of the Autumn Classic.
Maxitours at high quality Helsby
Maxitours visited Helsby for the first time ever today and there were so many positive reports we hope to be back very soon!
Legendary course architect James Braid designed the front nine holes at Helsby which opened in 1936 and the course became 18 holes in 1968 when the tougher back nine opened. It has since matured into a real gem of a golf course.
Everyone at this lovely Cheshire Club was very friendly. Thanks to the caterers (the bacon baps were right up there with the best on the circuit) and to Head Greens keeper Peter Webster – one of the reasons I wanted to come to Helsby was because I had heard great things about the greens and our players were not disappointed today.
The feedback was tremendous:
‘That was in great condition’
‘The course was set up superbly- the pin positions were set up for a club championship -excellent’
‘Considering the summer, the course was remarkably good-it puts our course to shame’
‘I think the greenkeeper must have an had an argument with his wife- those pins were brutal!’
Roy Ainsworth loves his golf but the lovely Antrobus member has had a virus all week and he felt so bad that he had to walk in after nine. ‘I was ill before I teed off but to be honest the way the rest of my team was playing made me feel really poorly.’
Scruffy Barry Simpson left his cap at Ringway last month and he was delighted to be reunited with the smelly old item when I returned it to him today. ‘It has sentimental value.’ Claimed Barry. The cap seemed to have missed its owner as it made its’ own way across the table towards the Lymm man.
In today’s event there were superb conditions for a great score however the lightning fast greens and tucked away pin positions meant scoring was tough.
There was a Maxitours first when Harry Marsh blamed his poor golf on the fact that we crossed on the Clubhouse stairs before play ‘. ‘My Grandma always told me it would bring me bad luck.’
Dave Rhodes has been working hard on his course management. After much deliberation on the driveable par four 1st hole he sensibly took his 4 iron for safety. Unfortunately, he hit it straight out of bounds.
John Hunt(18) looked surprised with himself in the clubhouse after his unusually good round. He plays with a lovely couple- Dr Alison(15) and Dr James Shipstone(10) most weeks and they joined him again today. James or ‘Harold’ as he is known to his better friends were surprised to finish in 4th with 78 points. Liz Halliwell(14) completed the mixed team.
Jim Caldwell(11)was out in the second match of the day this morning and he looked disappointed when he handed his card in . ‘I think that will be in the middle of the pack.’ Estimated the multimillionaire however he overestimated the talent on show and will enjoy his supper tonight after reading the results and discovering that it was good enough for third place. Jon Hume(13) Dave Thomas(16) and Peter Griggs(15) w his talented partners.
Second place went to Bramall’s Les Russon(12) and his three pals who are members at Macclesfield Golf Club- Paul Carroll(20), Clive Howlett(18) and Rick Kershaw(22). Russon is in his sixties but still looks fit as a fiddle and he birdied the tough seventeenth before making a solid par on the 200 yard final hole to secure silver.
Winning today with a record low score of 81 points was newly retired Lewis Marland(14), Neale Laurent(12), Kev Seaton(5) and Josh Ainscough(2). After just 38 points on the easier front nine the team combined well to score 43 on the back nine to earn a first win of the year. Well played chaps.
I hope you have a great weekend watching the strong American team beat us in the Ryder Cup – if things get too bad you can always turn over and watch Jose Mourinho’s entertaining Manchester United get beaten by West Ham.
Thanks to all who played, I hope you had a great day.
Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest the pin 6th Dave Greenwood
Nearest the pin 11th
2’s sweep £155 15 pro v1s or 32 Srixon AD333s per two
John Farnsworth Dave Greenwood Garry Parle
|1||Lewis Marland, Neale Laurent, Josh Ainscough, Kev Seaton||81||12||FJ Shoes each|
|2||Les Russon, Paul Carroll, Clive Howlett, Rick Kershaw||80||10||FJ chillout top each|
|3||Jim Caldwell , Peter Grigg, Jon Hume, Dave Thomas||78||8||Cutter and Buck shirt each|
|4||John Hunt, James Shipstone, Aliston Shipstone, Liz Halliwell||78||6||Dozen Wilson soft feel each|
|5||Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Ian Appleton, Miles Chiltern||77||4||Maxitours shirt each|
|6||Simon Hemsley, Mike Spencer, Joe Kirwan, Ian King||77||2||Maxitours bag towel each|
|7||Sarah Ormrod, Dave Greenwood, Nigel Hallows, John Delaney||77|
|8||Jack Clarke, Mark Birtwistle, Rodney Barlow, Steve Parle||76|
|9=||Mark Redfern, Paul Moulton, Mark Sharman, Iain Dowie||75|
|9=||Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews, Dave Marchant, Simon Maxwell||75|
|9=||Adie Price, Mark Devaney, Dave Parry, Tim Potter||75|
|9=||Peter Maher, Russell Humphries, Martin Higgins, Nigel Hall||75|
|13||Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Ed Wilkinson||74|
|14||Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, John Hilton, Dan Moore||73|
|15||Lee Tilley, Dave Sarsfield , Dave Rhodes, Pete Norbury||72|
|16||Brian Greenbank, Guy Levers, Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright||71|
|17||Neil Edwards, Steve Woods, Jim Shirley, Jeff Ratcliffe||70|
|18=||Barrie Simpson, Peter Sinclair, Marc Morris, Martin Cox||69|
|18=||Ian Neilson, Dave Smith, Alan Brough, Chris Ernill||69|
|20||Sam Leach, Kevin Reeves, Chris Walley, Jim Hodges||68|
|21||Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Ian Venables, Ben Kinsey||67|
|22=||Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth||62|
|22=||Mike Hill, Tim Ramsay, Malcolm Horner, Rob Hughes||62|
|22=||Ken Ashford, Malc Sparke, Simon Richards, Steve Rayer||62|
|25||Steve Parle, Gary Parle, Peter O’Driscoll, Ken Swarbrick||60|
Prestbury Golf Club start times
Thursday 4th October
9.10David Kelly x4
9.20 Colin Roberts x4
9.30Jim Caldwell x4
9.40 Simon Hemsley x4
9.50 Neil Drummond x2 Pete Cotton x2
10.00 Brian Greenbank x4
10.12 Martin Bramwell x4
10.21 John Newton x4
10.30 Nathan x4
10.39 Jim Clarke x4
10.48Lewis Marland x4
10.57 Tom Butler x4
11.06 Mick Mahon x4
11.15 Dave Sully x4
11.24 Simon Poucher x4
11.33 Tim Spencer x4
11.51 Paul Evans x4
12.00 Sam Leach x4
12.09 Les Russon x4
12.18 Duncan Challen x4
12.27 Challen x4
12.36 Duncan x4
12.45 John Hunt x4
12.54Ian Hellens x4
1.03 Craig Rea x4
1.12 Nigel Hallows x4
1.21 Neil Edwards x4
1.39 Richard Williamson x4
Hopwood start times
Friday 5th October
10.09 Ed Pysden x4.
10.36 Mick Mahon x4
10.45 Jack Coleman x4
10.54 Rob Hands x4 .
11.12 Paul Robinson x4.
11.21 Steve Marsh x4.
11.29 Chris Chidley x4
11.38 Nigel Hallows x4
11.47 Barrie Simpson x4
11.56 Paul Fell x4
12.13 Alan Brown x4.
12.22 Les Russon x4
12.31 Graham Littler x4
12.49 Mike George x4.
12.58 Ashley Elliot x4
1.07 Danny Ritchie x4.
1.16 John Kilner x4-
1.34 Peter Veitch x4
1.45 Steve Lamont x4.
2.03 Andy Leather x4.
2.12 Andy Leather x4.