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
|Colin Roberts||Carl Deville||Lee Braxton||Mark Downward||90||Maxitours FJ Sweater each||12|
|Dave Buckley||Dave Carter||Graham Campbell||Tony Rooney||89||Puma chill out top each||10|
|Lee Tilley||Pete Norbury||Dave Sarsfield||Dave Rhodes||87||Under Armour shirt each||8|
|Darren Whittaker||John Eccles||Pete Myers||Austin McBride||86||Maxitours shirt each||6|
|Ian King||Simon Hemsley||Chris Church||Andy Wisedale||85||Maxitours bag towel each||4|
|Pete Walters||Andy Millington||Brendon Poynts||Trevor Rathbone||85||Maxitours bag towel each||2|
|Jim Caldwell||James Cash||John Roome||Dan Macintyre||84|
|Munro Donald||Swamy Narayana||Kieron Hunt||Steve Owen||84|
|Jim Clarke||Chris Clarke||Graham Jackson||Pete Ledger||84|
|Paul Woodbine||Rob Williams||Dave Goodwin||Phil Dickinson||83|
|Paul Salt||Les Penson||Paul Burton||Phil Harris||83|
|Mick Mahon||Dave Westwood||John Farnsworth||Richard Palmer||83|
|Dean Jagger||Simon Halliwell||David Chapman||David Harris||82|
|Gary Neiles||Joe Yates||Paul Yates||GHOST||82|
|Bob Pickthall||Pete Sumner||Dave Thomas||Rob Roden||82|
|Dean Jagger||Simon Halliwell||David Chapman||David Harris||82|
|Kev Hart||Paul Yearsley||Andrew Mansfield||John McAtee||81|
|Paul Gilbert||Ed Jenkins||John Webb||Gary Kirkwood||80|
|John Harrop||Garry Beresford||Paul Butler||Steve Shields||80|
|Richard Blackwell||John Hilton||Gary Smith||Andy Hamlett||79|
|Roger Percival||Pete Atherton||Ed Wilkinson||Phil Burn||78|
|Mike Tarrant||Steve Halliwell||Paul Stones||Brian Catterall||77|
|Martin Humphries||Dave Hest||Keith Shale||John Murphy||76|
|Pete Atherton||Andy Oakes||Chris Adams||Nick Hargreaves||76|
|Steve Aspinall||John Fitzsimmons||David Hughes||Jed Roylance||76|
|Roy Ainsworth||Mike Verdon||Steve Coliier||Adam Prinsep||76|
|Jim Rymer||Pete Newey||Mike Dempsey||Dave McDougall||75|
|Graham Pike||Nigel Eckersley||Nigel Davenport||John Phibbs||75|
|Phil Singh||Gary Butler||Martin Prescott||Steve Hall||74|
|Paul Entwistle||Tom Milner||Geoff Cogswell||Ray Ward||73|
|Paul Fell||Paul Mullen||Nigel Ashton||Mike Lowe||73|
|Steve Heywood||Janet Heywood||Chris Lee||Graham Davenport||71|
|Gary Phillips||Nigel Hall||Tony Gregory||Charlie Beadle||70|
|Jim Lindsay||Ian Hebenton||Dan Heaphy||Andy Stapley||64|
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
|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