|Maxitours at stunning Stockport
Heavy overnight rain soon eased and a great day was enjoyed by all at Stockport Golf Club in today’s Maxitours event. The course looked a real treat despite the downpour with lush green fairways lined with gold coloured Autumn trees.
‘Those fairways were superb!’ Declared two handicapper Pete Tomlinson ‘They are the best I’ve played all year – pass on my congratulations to the Stockport greens keeper.’
As well as an exceptional golf course and greens staff the Catering at Stockport is also marvellous. Thanks to Paul and Sue for looking after us so well today. They never charge me for my lunchtime steak pie and chips but I look after them at the end of the day. It is a beautiful relationship.
It was great to see Andrea Holt (number 1 table tennis player in England for many years) playing today. Andrea is an Olympian and she shared a lift with top athlete Linford Christie during the ’82 Olympics in Barcelona. She shared the Stockport revolving door with team mate Richard Blackwell today but is unlikely to remember the experience.
Roy Ainsworth looked confident as he checked in this morning.
‘I have got a great team today. One handicapper Adam Princep is a class act- he has got all the shots, ex-professional squash player and local legend Malc Thornily is always very competitive and I am playing well and dangerous off my 26 handicap.’
‘Who’s your 4th player?’ I asked.
‘It’s Brian Ankers – he’s just making up the numbers.’
A couple of lovely senior Stockport members were in the clubhouse with me enjoying the excellent cuisine and commenting on shots that were being hit off the 17th tee. Nigel Hallows teed off wearing shorts.
‘It’s quite a good shot but he’s not really the right shape for those shorts.’ Observed a well-spoken Stockport lady member. Sorry Nigel.
Kev Hart is always struggling for partners and I often team him up with any spare pairs. He was having a sociable chat with Maxitours player in the changing rooms and asked him where he was from.
‘Didsbury’ he replied.
‘I played with a guy called Barney Ross from Didsbury a couple of weeks ago do you know him?’
‘Yes that’s me!’ replied Barney.
In today’s event Ex head teacher and all round nice guy Nigel Ashton(13) ticked all the right boxes as he helped his team into 3rd place with 86 points. Dave Cooper(16) Paul Fell(6) and Tony Hereford(16) completed the quartet.
Denton mechanic Jim Cox (5) always enjoys playing at Stockport and he led his team into 2nd place. Gary Bennell(13) Steve Jenkinson(10) and Manchester Airports Ian George (7) also landed 86 points but had a strong back nine.
Justin Rose returned to the top of the world ranking at the weekend with his victory in Turkey and Graham Jackson returned to the top of the Maxitours Stuburt Order of Merit after just two events as he followed up a good performance last week with victory today. ‘My chipping was awesome’ reported Jackson. ‘I was great today!’ We are all delighted for you Graham. Well played. Jim Clarke(12) Mark Hagarty (13)and Pete Ledger(19) completed the team. Great performance chaps.
Thanks to everyone for your support today. Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest the Pin 11th hole Doz AD333s
Nearest the pin in two shots on 18th hole Paul Fell Doz AD333s
2’s sweep £145 4 pro v1s or 10 srixons
Ed Wilkinson Brian Yarwood Paul Dalby Mike Sutton John Pratt Mike Dean Mike Masser Barney Ross Graham Jackson
||Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Mark Haggarty, Pete Ledger
||Maxitours Merino Sweater
||Jim Cox , Gary Bennell, Ian George, Steve Jenkinson
||Cutter and Buck top each
||Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Tony Hereford, Dave Cooper
||Cutter and buck shirt each
||Dean Jagger, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, AN Other
||Sunice top each
||Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Ed Wilkinson
||Maxitours shirt each
||Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Mike Spencer, Ian King
||FJ Socks each
||Brian Greenbank, Dave Wainwright, Guy Levers, Ian Ponter
||Martin Higgins, Peter Maher, Russell Humphries, Nigel Hall
||Les Russon, Rob Kenyon, Simon Burgess, Steve Merricks
||Richard Blackwell, Andrea Holt, John Hilton, Dan Moore
||Kev Hart, James Booth, Ian Broughan, Ray Barlow
||Roy Ainsworth, Brian Ankers, Malc Thornily, Adam Princep
||Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Richard Johnson, Mike Sutton
||Steve Heywood, Graham Davenport, Ian Appleton, Richard Wakefield
||John Hilditch, Simon Walton, Iain Bartholomew, John Pratt
||Mike Dean, Neil Swarbrick, Pete Tomlinson, Mike Masser
||Andy Leather, Paul Dalby, Barney Ross, Ged Meakin
||Chris Mackin, Gary Whittaker, Dave Fiddler, Gav Spencer
||Ed Pysden, Richard Payne, Simon Moorhouse, Mike Murray
||John Hunt, Alison Shipstone, James Shipstone, Denis O’Neill
||Garry Smith, Nigel Hallows, John Delaney, Sarah Ormrod
||David Kelly, Dave Harlow, John Atkin, Phil Smeathers
||Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth
||Steve Blakeway, Brian Yarwood, Peter Brown, Martin Pugh
||Sam Leach, Johnny Barton, Jim Hodges, Kevin Reeves
||Paul Gilbert, Matt Nelstrup, Glynn Isaacs, Jason Moran
Tuesday 13th November
1a Brian Hopkins x4
1b Les Russon x4
2 Nigel Hallows x4
3a Paul Fell x4
4 Dave Blood x4
5Steve Aspinall x4
6Jim McEwan x4
7a Joe Yates x4
8 Brian Greenbank x4
9a Colin Roberts x4
9b Simon Hemsley x4
10 Mick Mahon x4
11a Lewis Marland x4
11b Roger Percival x4
12 Dave Sully x4
13 Debs Mawman x4
14 Simon Ashton x4.
15 Gary Morgan x4
16a Steve Lamont x4
16b Steve Lamont x4
17 Ashley Elliot x4
18a Bob Mottershead x4
18b Ian Hellens x4