Maxitours at delightful Dunham

North Wales Thursday 21st February – one space
Vale of Llangollen Friday 22nd Feb – spaces for teams of 4 at this must play treasure!!

Maxitours at delightful Dunham Forest
Around 100 selfish Maxitours golfers left their sweethearts at home and teed off in the Valentines Day sunshine at superb Dunham Forest today. It is hard to believe that we are still in F E B R U A R Y- the birds were singing and more than a few players were wearing tee shirts as the air mass moving up from Africa kept our Cheshire golfers very warm.

The course was incredibly dry and the greens were superb for our players today. Head Greenkeeper Davis Lippiate has done a truly great job getting the summer scorched fairways back to their usual excellent condition. He is incredibly switched on and planted a new species of grass seeds in the Autumn which can grow in just 4 degrees throughout the Winter- great work David.

Mike and Leslie Saxon run a tight ship and their lovely Clubhouse looks great after recent refurbishment work. Thanks to all your super staff for their hospitality.

There were plenty of frustrated squirrels on the course today. It is a very important time for mating with Spring around the corner and the squirrels need to be left alone in their natural habitat. Unfortunately Tim Johnsons wild tee shots kept disturbing them. ‘By hell there’s a lot of squirrels on that course!’ He reported after his round.

Romantic Dave Greenwood isn’t daft and he chose Valentines day to treat his attractive girlfriend Sarah with a round of golf. They scored a dreamy 40 points together ‘We have shared a wonderful afternoon together’ He concluded. James Shipstone is not quite so romantic and needs to look out. His lovely wife Alison paid the entry fee this morning and then decided to swap partners. She teamed up with the good-looking John Hunt instead and they were in the prizes.

It was so nice out there even I dusted down a couple of clubs and hit some balls off the quality Dunham turf. Dan Moore was so impressed with my swing he decided to get a closer look and hit a vicious hook off the 11th tee which whistled past my right ear and came to rest in the middle of the practice ground.

Mark Stanger turned up again in his red Ferrari California but unfortunately he struggled to find the hole with his golf ball. His Ferrari did find a hole on the way to the course however- a pothole caused by this winters frosty mornings -and Bolton council could be facing a hefty bill for damage to his suspension.

Roger Percival has a terrific short game but can struggle with his long approach shorts. Today he hit a ‘Quasimodo shot’ into the last green (Don’t want that back) to win nearest the pin. Nigel Hall was closest on the 8th.

Mike Verdon(15) was surprised to see his partner John Morgan(23) play well and was astonished to score 46 points and 5th place.
John Moorfield(6) and Mark Pasquall(12) finished in 4th with an excellent 47 points. They had a best of the day 26 points on the front nine.
It is great to see Knutsford nice guys Dave Kelly(9) and Dave Harlow(17) in the prizes. Kelly is playing well after some winter sun in Portugal. Under the gun over the closing holes Dave Harlow birdied one of the toughest par threes in Cheshire (15th) and then they played the closing three testing holes in level par to seal a super performance.

Lymm’s Martin France(3) and Peter Atherton(11) had five birdies between them as they scored 48 points. Martin had five birdies and Pete had none.
Winning on a better back nine was the ever present Brian Hopkins(4) and Gary Bresnahan(14) from Shrigley Hall. Brian has had a quiet spell without a win for a couple of years but he was on form today. ‘The greens were tremendous’ he reported ‘We knocked some putts in today!’

Thanks to all players for your support and 100% attendance.
Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the Pin 8th Nigel Hall Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin in 2 on 18th Roger Percival Doz AD333
2’s sweep £160 5 Pro V1s or 11 srixons
Martin France, Steve Hall, Dave Harlow, Mick Mahon , Neil Painter, Gav Sutcliffe Simon Walton Dave Sully John Wallis Andy Oakes

Dunham Forest 14-Feb-2019
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Brian Hopkins, Gary Bresnahan 48 12 Galvin Green Bay windstopper
2 Martin France, Peter Atherton 48 11 Sunice quilted top each
3 David Kelly, Dave Harlow 47 10 Greg Norman KGC top
4 Mark Pasquall, John Moorfield 47 9 Maxitours shirt each
5 Mike Verdon, John Morgan 46 8 Maxitours shirt each
6 Frank Hindle, Mick Mahon 45 7 Maxitours shirt each
7 Jim Caldwell, John Hulme 45 6 Stuburt top
8 Mike Lamb, Mike Clewley 44 5 Stuburt top
9 Alison Shipstone, John Hunt 43 4 Maxitours bag towel
10 Peter Griggs, Peter Dobson 43 3 Maxitours bag towel
11 Chris Adams, Steve Hall 43 2
12 Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson 43 1
13= Aiden Hoosen, Gary Hornby 43
13= Colin Berry, Steve Aspinall 43
13= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews 43
13= Dave Mason, Dave Marchant 43
13= John Farnsworth, Richard Palmer 43
18= Neil Painter, Darren Beckford 42
18= Peter Veitch, Andy Veitch 42
18= James Shipstone, Denis O’Neill 42
18= Paul Fell, Dave Cooper 42
22= Paul Wrigley, Gav Sutcliffe 41
22= Mick Jones, Dan Moss 41
22= Simon Hemsley, Ian King 41
22= Chris Church, Charles Beadle 41
26= Dave Greenwood, Sarah Ormrod 40
26= Richard Booth, Tim Johnson 40
26= John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew 40
26= Simon Walton, Leo Sewell 40
30= Dave Sully, Ian Appleton 39
30= John Wallis, Dave Tongue 39
30= Alan Pengelly, Darren Whittaker 39
30= Tony Jennison, Dan Moore 39
30= Pete Booth , Jim Clarke 39
35= David Wilkinson, Rob Weston 38
35= Steve Foxcroft, Trevor Webb 38
35= Jim Cox, Steve Rigby 38
35= Les Russon, Paul Carroll 38
35= Bob Eastwood, Stuart Reynolds 38
40= John Pratt, Safari Dave 37
40= Gareth Bradley, Mike Spencer 37
40= Dave Fellows, Stuart Blake 37
40= Richard Johnson, Andy Oakes 37
40= Roger Percival, Ed Wilkinson 37
45= Nigel Ashton, Mark Hughes 36
45= Nathan Pugh, Brian Yardley 36
47= Graham Davenport, Richard Wakefield 34
47= Mark Haggerty, Graham Jackson 34
49= Dave Goodwin, Paul Woodbine 33
49= Paul Robinson, Phil McCurry 33

North Wales start sheet Thursday 21st Feb
9.12 David Kelly x4
9.21 Colin Roberts x4
9.30 Jim Caldwell x4
9.39 Simon Hemsley x4
9.48 Dave Blood x4
9.57 Ed Pysden x4
10.06 Phil Vokes x4
10.15 Neil Drummond x4 tbc
10.24 Dave Sully x4
10.33 Paul Fell x4
10.42 John Hunt x4
10.51 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.00 Chris Adams x4
11.09 Les Russon x4
11.18 Nigel Hallows x4
11.27 Ian Hellens x4
11.36 Steve Aspinall x4
11.45 Neil Drummond x4
11.54 Dave Blease x4
12.03 Neil Edwards x4
12.12 Neil Edwards x4
12.21 Phil Maher x4
12.30 Stuart Reynolds x4
12.39 Sam Leach x4
12.48 Mick Mahon x4
12.57 Joe Yates x4
1.06 Paul Rudkin x4
1.12 Roger Percival x4
1.21 Brian Hopkins x4
1.30 Dave Goodwin x4

Vale Of Llangollen start sheet
Friday 22nd Feb

9.00Colin Roberts x4
9.09 Simon Hemsley x4
9.18 Jim Caldwell x4
9.36 Barry Simpson x4.
9.54 Tom Butler x4.
10.03 Neil Drummond x4.
10.12 Chih Hu x4.
10.21 Paul Evans x4
10.30 Mick Mahon x4.
10.57 Paul Robinson x4.
11.06 Ian Walters x4.
11.15 Stuart Taylor x4
11.24 Les Russon x4.
11.32 Simon Wilkinson x4.
11.42 Dave Griffiths x4.
11.50 John Dickenson x4.
12.17 Paul Fell x4.
12.26 Rick Booth x4.
12.51 Steve Lambert x4.