Maxitours at superb Vale Royal

Maxitours at Vale Royal

The weather was very kind to Maxitours players as we visited Vale Royal Abbey for our first event after lockdown. It was great to see so many friends reunited and enjoying themselves on a quality golf course.

Head greenkeeper Justin did a tremendous job despite overnight rainfall and this fantastic Cheshire course was a pleasure to play.
‘It was like playing golf in April it was that dry out there.’ Raved Steve Heywood.

Thanks also to hard working Ian Embury and his team who look after us so well whenever we visit this great venue.

Simon Wilkinson played today. He has a highly trained border collie. When he goes home he talks it through his scorecard and it claps its front paws whenever he reads out a par.
‘What does it do if you have a birdie?’ I asked.
‘I have no idea as I’ve only had it for six years’ He replied.

This is the time of year to make changes to your golf swing. Simon Hemsley is a lovely lad and he strikes the ball really well but his chipping has been known to occasionally let him down. He has been practising his new improved technique at home and demonstrated it for his team in the Clubhouse before play. They have Christened him IKEA as it looks great now but in 3 months-time it could well fall apart.

Many players didn’t think I would have the intelligence to cope with the new handicapping system but against all odds things went very smoothly today. This was mainly due to team Captains being so organised- thanks guys.

Next Thursday we are at Mere and the Slope rating is exactly the same as today!– 135 from the yellow tees.

With a few more shots flying around than usual combined with the pure putting surfaces scoring was excellent.

The new handicaps certainly favoured the aging Knutsford Team of Steve Foxcroft(16), Tony Andrews(24), eighty year old Rob Weston(17) and Trevor Webb(18) they recorded a first top ten finish for 5 years. They have all gone home early to calm down and have a sleep.

There were 4 teams sharing second place on 86 points.

Most teams fared better on the easier back nine but Steve(7) and Janet Heywood(9), Richard Wakefield(18) and Chris Lee (7) had a best of the day 46 points to take 2nd place.

Bramalls Ashley Elliot(10), Mark Clewley(3), Bob Eastwood(11) and Mike Lamb(12) all played mint as they finished 3rd.
Gary Neiles team were 4th and Dave Westwood’s men were 5th .

Winning with 87 points was the Mottram Hall team of Nick Moores(13) Andy Hamlett(8) Richard Blackwell(14) and John Hilton(16)
Moores did the damage with three gross birdies but they all combined well.

Thanks for your support everyone.

It is great to be back!!


Nearest the pin 6th Dave Mason 5ft Doz AD333

Nearest the pin 16th Paul Fell 10 inch Doz AD333

2’s £147.50 4 pro v1 or 10 srixon

Paul Fell Richard Palmer Lewis Marland Peter Veitch Rob Roden Janet Heywood Paul Roberts Martin France Richard Johnson

Vale Royal 09-Dec-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Andy Hamlett, Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Nick Moores 87 12 Maxitours lined sweater each
2 Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood, Chris Lee, Richard Wakefield 86 10 Maxitours top each
3 Ashley Elliot, Bob Eastwood, Mike Lamb, Mark Clewley 86 8 Maxitours shirt each
4 Paul Yates, John Longworth, Gary Neiles, Joe Yates 86 6 Winter mitts each
5 Dave Westwood, Andy Palmer, Damien Bateson, Andy Faulkner 86 4 Maxitours towel each
6 Jim Clarke, Chris Clarke, Pete Ledger, Graham Jackson 85 2
7= Jim Caldwell, Bryce Brooks, Russell Cash, Don Bailey 83
7= Rob Weston, Steve Foxcroft, Tony Andrews, Trevor Webb 83
7= Les Russon, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon, 83
10 Lewis Marland, Steve Schofield, Paul Robinson, Phil Dickens 82
11 Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Steve Jenkinson, Colin Gallimore 81
12= Simon Hemsley, Ian King, Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley 80
12= Chris Adams , Richard Johnson, Paul Allen, Mike Sutton 80
12= Neale Laurent, Payl Butler, John Harrop, John Hartley 80
12= Bob Pickthall, Rob Roden, Pete Sumner, Dave Thomas 80
12= Martin Bramwell, Peter Veitch, Ian Goulty, Dave Smith 80
12= Martin Humphries, David Hest, Adrian Btrown, Paul Fell 80
12= Dave Monk, Simon Wilkinson, John Linsky, Nick Steel 80
19 Roger Percival, Martin France, Ed Wilkinson, Andy Wright 79
20= Neil Worthington, Joe Stanley, Darren Whittaker, Don Campbell 78
20= Steve Lamont, Paul Roberts, Eugenio Fernandez, Terry Broadhurst 78
22 Ian Venables, Nigel Ashton, Paul Jones, Colin Bryant 77
23= Kev Hart, Andy Mansfield, Sean Bate, Paul Yearsley 75
23= Steve Aspinall, Graham Wilkinson, John Fitzsimmons, Peter Stuart 75
25 Jon Hudson, Rob Blain, Rob Hughes, Andy Corner 74
26 Nigel Davenport, Neil Gowan, Alex Walters, Mike Jackson 72
27 Colin Roberts, Dave Marchant, David Mason, Andy Williamson 71

Mere start sheet Thursday 17th December

1st tee

9.00 John Atkin x4

9.08 Simon Hemsley x4

9.16 Colin Roberts x4

9.25 Dave Blood x4

9.34 Jim Clarke x4

9.42 Lewis Marland x4

9.50 Neale Laurent x4

9.59 Mick Mahon x4

10.08 Dave Goodwin x4

10.17 Lee Tilley x4

10.25 Roger Percival x4

10.34 Paul Fell x4

10.43 Martin Humphries x4

10.52 Dave Sully x4

11.00 Steve Aspinall x4

11.09 Kev Hart x4

9th tee

9.00 Jim Caldwell

9.08 Graham Pike x4

9.16 Neil Edwards x4

9.25 Dave Parry x4

9.33 Jason Atherton x4

9.41 Adam Carolan x4

9.50 John Wallis x4

9.58 Ashley Elliott x4

10.08 Sam Leach x4

10.16 Les Russon

10.24 Gary Neiles

10.33 Steve Marsh

10.42 Richard Blackwell x4


Ian Hellens x4

Paul Gilbert x4

Mike George x4

Anthony Egan x4

Neil Drummond x4