*Room for 2 teams at Davyhulme on Thurdsay and 1 team at Hazel Grove next Monday.
Maxitours at Classy Clitheroe
The journey ‘up North’ was well worth it for Maxitours players today. The Clitheroe Golf Course was excellent and everyone enjoyed trying not to three-putt their famously hard to read greens.
The Clubhouse and course are improving each year and this venue is a real treat.
Mark Hagarty echoed the thoughts of all my players: ‘What a brilliant course that was -so enjoyable to play. The greens are incredible!’
The small greens got the better of many players. As we all know it is so important to change your wedges with your professional every year in order to get maximum spin. If your budget can’t stretch to a new wedge then grooves should be meticulously cleaned after each shot. Dave Boardman is a farmer and his sheep could graze off the grass and mud accumulated on his clubface over the past thirty years. He hasn’t seen a groove for years. He just couldn’t understand why his approach shots kept hurtling through the back of the firm Clitheroe greens.
Ricky Howard took the wrong Club on the 17th and he was relieved to see his ball hit the little wooden bridge over the stream which guards this classic hole. His ball bounced 50 feet in the air before landing on the green and rolling into the hole for an Ace! Well done, Ricky.
Andy Oakes hit a great shot into the par three 8th and declared to his team that he wasn’t sharing his balls. He missed the putt and by the end of the round he was the only member of his team not to record a 2, much to their amusement.
By 2.30pm nearly all the cards had been administered so I thought I would treat myself and ordered steak pie, rich onion gravy and crispy chips from Rachel the superb catering manager. I then popped into the pro shop for a chat with the new friendly Clitheroe professional Sam Punchard. On my return to the Clubhouse Kev Hart was caught red handed dipping one of my chips into the gravy. I don’t think Kevin knows the gravity of this particular infringement. It is going to be a very long winter for him and his team when the shotguns start.
The greens got the better of many players today. Clitheroe is set in the beautiful Ribble valley but after watching Stuart Roach and his team leaving their putts short on the 18th it should be called Dribble valley.
Three teams tied 3rd with 85 points but it was Mick Mahon(19) Richard Palmer (8)John Farnsworth (18)and Dave Westwood(17) who won the card play off after their superior fitness paid dividends on the back nine. Yeah right.
Second place went to Darren Booth(7) Martin Lang (5) Mike Wilson (11) and Mark Timperley (10). These guys were rocking after dropping three shots on the 16th and 17th but seven points on the last hauled them into 2nd place with 86 points.
Winning today were Denton’s Gary Owen(10), Alistair Holloway(17), Alan Gayle(22) and Tony Grinnell(12). They were out first thing and made the most of the receptive greens and calm conditions to set the clubhouse lead. Scores gradually deteriorated throughout the day as a breeze picked up and the quartet were delighted with their win.
Thanks to everyone for your support. Yours in golf, Tim
Nearest the pin 5th Barry Shaw Allen Dozen Wilson Duo
Nearest the pin 17th Ric Howard Dozen Wilson Duo
2’s sweep £185 3 pro V1 bor 8 srixon AD333 Andy Buckley Dave Carter Ricky Howard hole in one x2 Josh Street Jim Caldwell Steve Hornby Dave Parry Martin Humphries Steve Hornby Chris Adams Gary Butler Martin Prescott Kenny Stevens Neil Macloed Gary Owen Alistair Holloway Steve Martin Paul Yearsley Neale Laurent
|1||Gary Owen, Alistair Holloway, Tony Grinnell, Alan Lane||89||Maxitours chill out top|
|2||Darren Booth, Mark Timperley, Martin Lang, Mike Wilson||86||Maxitours footjoy shirt|
|3=||Mick Mahon, John Farnsworth, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer||85||Maxitours shirt each|
|3=||Chris Adams, Andy Oakes, Gary Butler, Martin Prescott||85||6 Taylor made TP5 each|
|3=||Tim Spencer, Paul Higgs, Mark Saxon, Barry Pendlebury||85||Maxitours cap each|
|6||Dave Buckley, Jordan Thompson, Dave Carter, Ricky Howard||83||Maxitours scorecard holder|
|7=||Lewis Marland, Barry Shaw Allen, Paul Robinson, Phil Dickens||82|
|7=||Swamy , Carl Deaville, Stephen Deaney, Dave Marchant||82|
|7=||Paul Woodbine, Phil Robinson, Simon Maxwell, Dave Goodwin||82|
|7=||Les Penson, Paul Salt, Josh Street, Alan Morris||82|
|11||Jim Caldwell, Doug Baden, Peter Griggs, Liam Pilkington||81|
|12=||Rob Kenyon, Simon Burgess, Steve Rosier, Steve Merricks||80|
|12=||Stuart Park, Keith Park, Stuart Bowers, Terry Battersby||80|
|12=||Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Paul Yates, Jimmy Ainscough||80|
|15=||Colin Bryan, Nigel Ashton, Ian Fearns, Dave Cooper||79|
|15=||Jimmy McEwan, Josh Woods, Adie Price, Dave Parry||79|
|15=||Pete Walters, Brendan Poynts, Neil Macleod, Shokat Mirza||79|
|15=||Gav Sutcliffe, Brett Sutcliffe, Paul Wrigley, Steve Martin||79|
|19||Andy Southworth, Steve Ford, Stan Devlin, Tim Tighe||78|
|20||Mark Hagarty, Steve Hornby, Steve Grimalby, Trevor Meech||76|
|21=||David Kelly, Stuart Blake, Bob Sutton, Kim Blake||75|
|21=||Jim Rymer, Pete Newey, Jeremy Wilkinson, Derek Bortland||75|
|23=||Martin Humphies , Stuart Ireland, Dave Hest, Steve Liptrot||74|
|23=||Kev Hart, Andy Mansfield, Dave Haycock, Paul Yearsley||74|
|25=||Gary Philips, Chris Hammond, Paul Bailey, Nigel Hall||73|
|25=||Dave Griffiths, Paul Birtwistle, Kenny Stevens, Mike Fenton||73|
|27||Roy Ainsworth, Mike Verdon, Adam Princep, Dave Hanson||70|
|28||Paul Entwistle, Graham Bailey, Ian Jones, Tommy Milner||69|
|29||Rob Hands, Stuart Heaton, Paul Roberts, Stuart Rudge||67|
9.00 David Kelly x4
9.09 Simon Hemsley x4
9.18 Colin Roberts x4
9.27 Jim Caldwell x4
9.36 Jim Rymer x4
9.45 Dave Monk x4
9.54 Ian Snape x4
10.03 Bob Pickthall x4
10.12 Garry Kirkwood x4
10.21 Paul Evans x4
10.36 Jim Clarke x4
10.45 Lewis Marland x4
10.54 Steve Aspinall x4
11.03 John Hunt x4
11.12 Dave Buckley x4
11.21 Gary Phillips x4
11.30 Neale Laurent x4
11.39 Mick Mahon x4
11.48 Paul Fell x4
11.57 Martin Humphries x4
12.06 Doug Craig x4
12.15 Steve Hall x4
12.24 Roy Ainsworth x4
12.31 Dean Jagger x4
12.39 Sam Leach x4
12.47 Ian Hellens x4
1.04 Dave Blease x4
1.21 John Hudson x4
1.30 Garry Kirkwood x4
1.38 Simon Raine x4
1.47 Tom Williams x4
1.56 Mike George x4
2.13 John Wallis x4
2.22 Barry Jackson x4
2.33 Pete Fotheringham x4
2.41 Kev Hart x4
2.50 Steve Marsh x4
2.58Lee Tilley x4