|Maxitours at marvellous Mottram Hall
Maxitours visited my old Club Mottram Hall in todays Maxitours event.
Perhaps the best back nine layout in Cheshire and a very enjoyable front nine always makes this a popular venue. The tough Summer saw us playing off forward tees whilst repair work is taking place so scoring was excellent.
Champneys have just purchased the hotel and there are plans for a huge lake in front of the 18th green next year as the course continues to improve.
Shotgun starts are now underway after the clocks have gone back and check-in is always a busy time for me as I have to register and hand cards out to over 100 golfers in just over an hour. I don’t have time for the usual banter and try and run a tight ship so there is no queue for my players. There were still a couple of daft enquiries to handle.
At my peak period Rob Hands asked me ‘Does tee 12b go before or after tee 12a?’ Take a wild guess Rob.
‘Will it be frosty next Thursday Tim?’ Asked Gareth Holmes. I have no idea Gareth. Remind me to bring my crystal ball with me next time.
When I worked at Mottram Hall twenty years ago the shop was always busy and I had a chap phone up for a tee time. He asked for a 12 o’clock start. ‘I have 12.02pm still available’ I replied. He then asked me ‘Do you have anything slightly earlier?’
It’s Guy Fawkes night next week but Dave Booth is staying at home. I don’t need to go out for Bonfire night I.ve just watched these 3 dummies feeling the heat and burn on the back nine – our score went up in flames!
Mike Spencer loves his golf and the Bramall Captain played at St Andrews yesterday and then drove 300 miles to play Mottram St Andrews today. ‘I enjoyed both courses equally’ said the diplomatic wealthy ex banker.
In today’s event Lee Tilley was delighted to report that his good friend Dave Sarsfield made a par from a bunker. Usually if his ball finishes in a bunker ‘it’s curtains for Dave’ ‘Finito’ ‘Pick your ball up time’ ‘Get out your hamlets.’ Today he reportedly hit something that resembled a splash shot and then rolled his putt in. The last sand save he recorded was in 1989 when he was playing football on Rhyl beach with his kids. Congratulations Dave.
In todays event the scoring was excellent. Les Russon’s Bramall team and Brian Greenbanks Hale team finished in 5th place with 88 points.
Second place was decided on a card play off with 3 teams scoring 89 points.
Neil Edwards(8), Ste Woods(23), Jason Atherton(9) and Matty Holland(16) from Ashton in Makerfield finished in 4th place with 8 points. They celebrated with a few beers in the Mottram bar.
Third place went to badly dressed Graham Jackson(8) Norrie Irwin(13) Mark Hagarty(14) and Paul Whalley(17). Jackson is a fierce competitor and had three birdies to help his team.
Leigh golf Clubs Joe Yates(15) Gary Neiles(6) John Longworth(14) and Alan Forber(15) took 2nd place after they scored 46 points on the tougher back nine.
Winning the first event of the Stuburt Winter series was Wilmslows’ Jim Caldwell.(11) Peter Griggs(15), Lee Charnley(6) from Prestbury and Liam Pilkington(12) . The likeable quartet started on the 1st hole and went out in a best of the day46 oints and returned in 45 points. Great golf chaps well played!!
Thanks for your support, Tim
2’s £167.50 4 pro v1s or 10 srixon AD333s per 2.
Mick Mahon Steve Heywood John Delaney SteveSutcliffe Dave Goodwin Matt Holland Bob Whittle Ben Davies Eddie Ellis Pete Norbury Alison Shipstone John Hunt
Nearest the Pin 3rd hole Steve Heywood Dozen AD333
Nearest the Pin 11th hole Phil Vokes Dozen AD333
Next week at Stockport 8th November
*The course and greens are excellent on fourteen holes however after maintenance work temporary greens will still be in operation on holes 2, 5,6,and 16.- sorry for any inconvenience. Let me know ASAP if this is an issue for your team-
AM AM Start sheet
1a Phil Vokes x4
1b Mick Mahon x4
2a Lewis Marland x4
2b John Hilditch x4
3 Dave Sully x4
4aPaul Fell x4
4b John Hunt x4
5Chris Adams x4
6aNigel Hallows x4
6bJoe Yates x4
7 Mike Dean x4
8Paul Gilbert x4
9a Roy Ainsworth x4
9b Peter Maher x4
10a Roger Percival x4
10b Jim Clarke x4
11 Richard Blackwell x4
12a Les Russon x4
12b Ed Pysden x4
13a David Kelly x4
13b Dave Sarsfield x4.
14 Sam Leach x4
15a Rob Kenyon x4
15b Ian Hellens x4
16 Brian Hopkins x4
17a Colin Roberts x4
17b Simon Hemsley x4
18 Dave Blood x4
res Brian Greenbank x4