Maxitours at Hazel Grove
I arrived early at Hazel Grove and asked their incredibly well-liked Club professional James Rowlands about the condition of the course.
‘Its mustard mate, its mega, its mega mustard.’ Indeed it was.
There were umpteen Maxitours players raving about the condition of this great course after their round:
‘That was superb!’ Reported wealthy John Hilditch.
‘ What a great course.’ Announced scruffy Pete Cotton.
‘ I’ve been playing here for many. many years but that is best it’s ever been’ Declared intelligent Dr James Shipstone.
Thanks to Martin Swindells and his catering staff for their excellent hospitality- I had a cheese and onion toastie at 11am and went back to back with another at 4pm.
Club Captain Simon Ashton is a great man and his friendly persona is mirrored by all the lovely members who were so warm throughout the day to all our players. Brilliant.
It was yet another early start for me to get to the course at 9am to do my course preparation and registration set up. I overtook Knutsford slow driving champion Stuart Blake and his pal Bob ‘Stena’ Sutton (he always needs a lift off his mates to the golf club) on the new bypass which really improves travel time. A local told me that it is now just 12 minutes from Hazel Grove to Manchester airport. Not if you are stuck behind Stuart Blake.
Richard Williamson also stopped the Hazel Grove traffic as he had to hit his second shot off the road on the first hole after an embarrassingly bad 35 yard bobbling tee shot.
Senior Colin Roberts knows an attractive woman when he sees one and he wouldn’t stop talking about how friendly the half way house ladies were. ‘Can you thank those stunning Hazel Grove lady members for their voluntary efforts today- they were brilliant. I think one took a shine to me.’
‘Yeah right, What are you doing tonight Colin?’
‘I’m settling down to watch the Norwegian ladies football team – I can’t wait. Then it’s love island.’ Replied the amorous seventy year old.
Jim Clarke and Pete Hamletts teams showed their class and integrity after disqualifying themselves after realising they were playing off the wrong tees. You are todays winners in my eyes.
The greens were perhaps the best we have played all year and with them running at 11 on the stimp meter they were really tough to putt on. Today was I think possibly the worst scoring in Maxitours history with nearly half the teams failing to break par.
I teamed Ben Davies and his partner up with Tony Adams and his partner as they were both two players short last night. The newly formed quartet managed just 67 points. Ben Whispered to me that they were lovely guys but can I get them two better players next week. Three minutes later Tony came in ‘those lads you teamed us up with were great company but they weren’t the best -can you get us two decent players next time…’
Steve Foxcroft, Trevor Webb, Tony Andrews and Rob Weston are possibly the most unsuccessful four ball in maxitours history. Last year they were that bad at Hazel Grove I gave them a cap each just to cheer them up. Today they were delighted with their first top half finish for over 5 years ‘I can’t wait for the results to come through!’ Admitted on form Foxy.
Jim Caldwells(12) Wilmslow team were leading for most of the day after an impressive 83 points in the perfect early morning conditions. Liam Pilkington(11), Peter Griggs(15) and Russell Cash (6) completed the experienced team.
John Dickenson(20), his son Craig (9), Paul Lord (5) and Lyndon Stott (11) challenged them briefly with a solid 77 points and finished in 3rd spot.
Late in the day home advantage came into play as Cheshire golfing legend Andy Hill (1) Mike(19) and Dave(9) Stewardson and Cockney Joe Shelley(9) scraped 84 points to earn their first ever victory. They scored seven points on the seventeenth hole to make all the difference. Well played chaps!
Thanks to everyone for your support today.
Nearest the Pin 5th Chris Clarke Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin 15th Steve Marsh Dozen AD333
2’s £162.50 4 pro v1s or 10 srixon AD333s Joe Shelley x2 Dave Stewardson Chris Clarke Bri Hopkins Steve Marsh Gary Bresnahan David Kelly Mike Wainwright Dan Moss
|1||Andrew Hill, Joe Shelley, Dave Stewardson, Mike Stewardson||84||12||Cleveland wedge each|
|2||Jim Caldwell, Russell Cash, Peter Griggs, Liam Pilikington||83||10||Maxitours Footjoy sweater each|
|3||John Dickenson, Craig Dickenson, Lindon Stott, Paul Lord||77||8||Callaway shirt each|
|4||Simon Ashton, Mick Jones, Bill Dootson, Dan Moss||77||6||Callaway shirt each|
|5||Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, Dan Moore, John Neale||76||4||Maxitours scorecard holder|
|6||Paul Fell, Colin Bryan, Nigel Ashton, Ben Kinsay||76||2||Maxitours scorecard holder|
|7=||Bri Hopkins, Gary Bresnahan, Steve Marsh, Gary Whittaker||75|
|7=||Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Paul Woodbine, Phil Robinson||75|
|9||Joe Yates, Gary Neiles, John Longworth, Keith Jackman||74|
|10||Lewis Marland, Neale Laurent, Paul Butler, Phil Dickens||73|
|11||Chris Gregory, Les Pate, Tony Price, Mick Wain||72|
|12=||Rob Weston, Steve Foxcroft, Tony Andrews, Trevor Webb||71|
|12=||John Hilditch, Simon Walton, Dave Tobutt, Henry Walton||71|
|12=||Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald||71|
|12=||Howard Baker, Jason Waite, Brian Baker, Paul Hutton||71|
|16||John Hunt, Alison Shipstone, James Shipstone, Denis O’Niell||70|
|17=||Dave Randles, Phil Gow , Chris Evans, Peter Roberts||69|
|17=||Sam Leach, Bob Chester, Chris Walley, Kevin Reeves||69|
|19=||Colin Roberts, Tony Adams, Ben Davies, Kenny Plumb||68|
|19=||David Kelly, Bob Sutton, Stuart Blake, David Wilkinson||68|
|21=||Brian Greenbank, Chris Brown, Mike Wainwright, Guy Levers||67|
|21=||Dave Antrobus, John Buckley, Tom Jarvis, Giles Terry||67|
|23=||Nathan Pugh, Steve Blakeway, Pete Brown, Paul Robinson||66|
|23=||Jack Coleman, Anthony Bloor, Harvey Mattinson, Steve Mattinson||66|
|25||Barry Jackson, Dave Beavis, Derek Fortune, AN Other||65|
|26=||Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Koos Alders, Mark Morris||62|
|26=||Peter Cotton, Ed Cotton, Harry Kenyon, Phil Welch||62|
|28||SteveWoods , Dave Parry, AN Other, AN Other||60|
Davenport start times
Thursday 4th July
10.00 David Kelly x4
10.09 Colin Roberts x4
10.18 Simon Hemsley x4
10.27 Jim Caldwell x4
10.35 Ed Pysden x4 early
10.44 Jim Clarke x4
10.54 Lewis Marland x4
11,03 Mick Mahon x4
11.12 Dave Stanhope x4
11.21 John Hilditch x4
11.30 Martin Bramwell x4
11.39 Simon Poucher x4
11.48 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.57 Peter Maher x4
12.06 Roger Percival x4
12.15 John Dickenson x2 2 players required
12.24 John Hunt x4
12.33 Brian Greenbank x4
12.42 Neil Edwards x4
12.51 Neil Edwards x4
1.00 Paul Evans x4
1.09 Nigel Hallows x2 2 players required
1.18 Paul Fell x4
1.27 Brian Hopkins x4
1.36 Dave Sully x4
1.54 Richard Blackwell x4
2.03 Steve Parle x4
2.12 Bernatrd Wood x4
2.21 Gary Parle x4
2.30 Bill Melia x4
2.39 D Smith x4
2.48 D Smith x4
2.57 Olivier Troalen x4
3.06 Dave Goodwin x4
3.15 Joe Yates x4
3.24 Lee Tilley x4