Maxitours at Pleasington

A glorious morning with a light breeze greeted the morning players in today’s Maxitours at the lovely Pleasington Golf Club.

The course was in super condition and all credit to the green keeping staff for presenting it so well. Also to the catering and bar staff serving excellent quality food throughout the day.

Scoring was good with some early groups posting some very impressive scores.

The day was littered with unusual occurrences from James Cash making an eagle 2 on the par 4 6th to Jim Clarke’s team where Pete Ledger hit the pin on the 12th but he must have somehow angered the golfing gods as he saw his ball ricochet into a bunker leading to an unfortunate 5 – there’s no justice in this game Pete !!!

After coming off a high of 2nd place last week at Lancaster Steve Heywood’s team must have also angered the golfing gods as they were dragged down to earth with a bump with a low of 71 points where all 4 players somehow managed blob the 15th – maybe best not buy your lottery ticket this week !!!

The real story of the day however goes to Mottram Hall’s Brendon Poynts who scored a Hole in 1 on the 167 yard Par 3 10th with a perfectly struck 6 iron. He’d also been waiting on news of the arrival of his 1st grandchild by his daughter and coincidentally within moments of his achievement he checked his phone to find out his grandson had just been born – CONGRATULATIONS ! Definitely but your lottery ticket tonight Brendon !!!

Today’s winners with a magnificent 90 points were Colin Roberts, Carl Deville, Lee Braxton and Mark Downward closely followed on 89 by Dave Buckley, Dave Carter, Graham Campbell and Tony Rooney.

NP 16th – 1 x Dozen Wilson Duo – Nick Hargreaves

NP in 2 18th – 1 x Dozen Wilson Duo – Dave Carter

2’s – £297.50 pot (Brendon Poynts Hole in 1 counts as double 2 plus a bonus of 1 x dozen Srixon AD33’s)

3 x ProV1’s or 8 x Srixon AD333’s

Chris Church, Bob Pickthall, Tom Milner, James Cash (2 on par 4 6th), Dave Buckley, Nigel Hall x 2, Gary Beresford, Graham Jackson, David Chapman x 2, Chris Lee, Paul Gilbert, Adam Prinsep, Steve Collier, Steve Owen, Brendon Poynts (HOLE IN 1), Trevor Rathbone, John Hilton, Nick Hargreaves, Dave Sarsfield & Dave Rhodes

    Score OOM
Colin RobertsCarl DevilleLee BraxtonMark Downward90Maxitours FJ Sweater each12
Dave BuckleyDave CarterGraham CampbellTony Rooney89Puma chill out top each10
Lee TilleyPete NorburyDave SarsfieldDave Rhodes87Under Armour shirt each8
Darren WhittakerJohn EcclesPete MyersAustin McBride86Maxitours shirt each6
Ian KingSimon HemsleyChris ChurchAndy Wisedale85Maxitours bag towel each4
Pete WaltersAndy MillingtonBrendon PoyntsTrevor Rathbone85Maxitours bag towel each2
Jim CaldwellJames CashJohn RoomeDan Macintyre84  
Munro DonaldSwamy NarayanaKieron HuntSteve Owen84  
Jim ClarkeChris ClarkeGraham JacksonPete Ledger84  
Paul WoodbineRob WilliamsDave GoodwinPhil Dickinson83  
Paul SaltLes PensonPaul BurtonPhil Harris83  
Mick MahonDave WestwoodJohn FarnsworthRichard Palmer83  
Dean JaggerSimon HalliwellDavid ChapmanDavid Harris82  
Gary NeilesJoe YatesPaul YatesGHOST82  
Bob PickthallPete SumnerDave ThomasRob Roden82  
Dean JaggerSimon HalliwellDavid ChapmanDavid Harris82  
Kev HartPaul YearsleyAndrew MansfieldJohn McAtee81  
Paul GilbertEd JenkinsJohn WebbGary Kirkwood80  
John HarropGarry BeresfordPaul ButlerSteve Shields80  
Richard BlackwellJohn HiltonGary SmithAndy Hamlett79  
Roger PercivalPete AthertonEd WilkinsonPhil Burn78  
Mike TarrantSteve HalliwellPaul StonesBrian Catterall77  
Martin HumphriesDave HestKeith ShaleJohn Murphy76  
Pete AthertonAndy OakesChris AdamsNick Hargreaves76  
Steve AspinallJohn FitzsimmonsDavid HughesJed Roylance76  
Roy AinsworthMike VerdonSteve ColiierAdam Prinsep76  
Jim RymerPete NeweyMike DempseyDave McDougall75  
Graham PikeNigel EckersleyNigel DavenportJohn Phibbs75  
Phil SinghGary ButlerMartin PrescottSteve Hall74  
Paul EntwistleTom MilnerGeoff CogswellRay Ward73  
Paul FellPaul MullenNigel AshtonMike Lowe73  
Steve HeywoodJanet HeywoodChris LeeGraham Davenport71  
Gary PhillipsNigel HallTony GregoryCharlie Beadle70  
Jim LindsayIan HebentonDan HeaphyAndy Stapley64  

Pleasington start times below – space for one team at Lymm, Vale Royal and Ringway in coming weeks

Maxitours at “Sunny” Lancaster

The weather was stunning in Lancaster today. Whilst some Manchester courses were closed due to heavy rain not a single drop fell on my players and temperatures were touching 20 degrees as the sun shone all afternoon. Everyone who made the short trip up the M6 had a terrific day.

‘Those fairways are like carpets!’ announced observant Rick Shaw.
‘What a Clubhouse, what great views, What a course!’ Declared Lewis Marland.
Lancaster is a firm favourite for Maxitours golfers and I was urged to rebook for next year by plenty of players.
Thanks to Niall and all his bar staff for their terrific hospitality.

The clubhouse is an absolute cracker and it has an incredible history. James 1 held court here in 1617 and bestowed knighthoods on two of his citizens. The first St Leger was also run here and vestiges of this are still evident on the left of the 9th fairway and the 18th tee.

The final hole at Lancaster was described by the late Peter Allis as one of the finest closing holes in the country and it is loved by everyone who plays here. Everyone that is except those in Richard Blackwell’s team. They stood on the 18th tee requiring 3 points for a second place finish – they managed just 1.

Simon Ashton is known as the Gareth Southgate of Hazel Grove. His preparation is second to non. Last night they had a practice round and then stayed overnight in the Lancaster dormy house. His meticulous preparation resulted in a 4th place finish today. It was only the eight pints each they had that prevented them from winning.

The Manchester Hopwood Team of Steve Heywood(5), Dave(5) and Donna Sully(14) and Graham Davenport(10) took 2nd place with 83 points after some solid golf.

Winning first prize were the team of Darren Booth(7) from Stand, Mike Wilson(11) from Hopwood Mark Timperley(10) from Bury and Martin Lang (6)from Saddleworth. The likeable fourball have played in many events over the years but their career earnings amount to a Maxitours shirt each and a pitchfork (this was a free gift). Mike Wilson was the lethal weapon today.
‘He is incredibly handy for an old man’ Complimented team mate Lang.
Well played chaps great score on a beautiful but testing course.

Airline pilot Dave Keen hit the first shot of the day into the 18th green and his nearest the pin shot was good enough to beat the rest of the field. He takes off with the prize.

Nearest the pin 13th Dozen Wilson Duo Andy Hamlett
Nearest the pin 18th Dozen Wilson Duo Dave Keen

2’s sweep £240 4 pro v1 or 9 srixon AD333
Steve Heywood Graham Davenport Danny Moss Mick Jones Greg Hamilton Mark Clare Josh Street Andy Dunster Gary Phillips Rick Northover Mike Dennison David Kelly Andy Hamlett Paul Yearsley Dave Rhodes Paul Yearsley Steve Owen Steve Marsh

  Lancaster     5-July-2021
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Darren Booth, Mike Wilson, Mark Timperley, Martin Lang 86 12 Maxitours fj sweater each
2 Steve Heywood, Dave Sully, Donna Sully, Graham Davenport 83 10 Puma chill out top each
3 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Mike Lowe, Colin Bryan 82 8 Under Armour shirt each
4 Simon Ashton, Mick Jones, Richard Booth, Dan Moss 82 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Gary Neiles, John Moreton, Jimmy Ainscough, John Longworth 82 4 Maxitours bag towel each
6 Gav Sutcliffe, Dave Herbert, John Farrell, Brett Sutcliffe 81 2 Maxitours bag towel each
7= David Cooper, Paul Cooper, Dave Tattershall, Bill Rotherer 81    
7= Ian King, Joe Kirwan, Dave Keen, Greg Hamilton 81    
7= Richard Blackwell, Andy Hamlett, Steve Ackers, John Hilton 81    
10 Peter Veitch, Andy Veitch, Tony Bray, Martin Bramwell 80    
11= Chris Chidley, Paul Salt, Josh Street, Duncan Cameron 79    
11= Mike George, Mark Clare, Caroline George, Steve Ford 79    
13= Dean Jagger, Simon Halliwell, Andy Dunster, Chris Bewnnett 78    
13= Russ Sollitt, Rick Shaw, Steve Smith, Martin Cox 78    
13= Lee Tilley, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, Ian Sutton 78    
16= Mike Dobson, Richard Massey, David Furness, David Kelly 77    
16= Munro Donald, Robbie Russell, Andy Faulkner, Simon Raine 77    
16= Simon Poucher, Neil Simpson, Brendan Leighton, Dave Carlisle 77    
16= Kev Hart, Andy Mansfield, Paul Yearsley, John McAtee 77    
20 Ian Cole, Kay Allen, Karl Allen, Scott Allen 76    
21= Martin Schofield, Darren Burgess, Jack Schofield, Mark Turner 75    
21= Chris Clarke, Sarah Ormerod, Michael Longshaw, Pete Ledger 75    
23= Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Mike Pigott, Jonny Barton 74    
23= Steve Aspinall, John Fitzsimmons, Colin Berry, Graham Wilkinson 74    
25= Gary Phillips, Pete Maher, Tony Gregory, Charlie Beadle 73    
25= Richard Williamson, Gordon Warke, Wayne Harper, Dave Goodwin 73    
25= Steve Marsh, Darren Whittaker, Steve Owen, Steve O’Shea 73    
28= Steve Hall, Martin Prescott, Gary Butler, Geoff Churchman 72    
28= Lewis Marland, Rick Northover, Dave Greenwood, Phil Dickens 72    
30= Mick Mahon, John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle, Richard Palmer 71    
30= James Wilson, Mike Tarrant, Steve Halliwell, Paul Stones 71    
32 John Horton, Keith Jackman, Keith Nicholson, Jim Speers 65    

Pleasington Weds 14th July
9.30 Simon Hemsley x4
9.39 Colin Roberts x4
9.47 Jim Caldwell x4
9.56 Jim Clarke x4
10.05 Bob Pickthall x4
10.13 Steve Aspinall x4
10.22 Dave Buckley x4
Paul Entwistle x4
10.31 Gary Phillips x4
10.40 Neale Laurent x4
10.49 Mick Mahon x4
10.58 Paul Fell x4
11.07 Martin Humphries x4
11.16 Jim Rymer x4
11.25 Dean Jagger x4
11.34 Roger Percival x4
11.45 Sam Leach x4
11.53 Ian Hellens x4
12.02 Dave Sully x4
12.09 Dave Goodwin x4
12.18 Paul Gilbert x4
12.27 Roy Ainsworth x4
1.30 Munro Donald x4
1.39 Pete Walters x4
1.48 Richard Blackwell x4
1.57 Jim Lindsay x4
2.06 Chris Adams x4
2.15 Chris Adams x4
2.24 Graham Pike x4
2.33 James Wilson x4
2.45 Gary Neiles x4
2.54 Kev Hart x4
3.03 Steve Marsh x4
3.12Lee Tilley x4

Bob Picthall x4
Rob Harris x4