Maxitours at fantastic Formby Hall
A gorgeous Autumn day greeted Maxitours players at Formby Hall today.
The course is class and the firm USGA greens were a pleasure to putt on. Despite recent rain the fairways were dry and firm and enjoyed by all.
Hard to please Lewis Marland said he was really, really impressed by the course. It was the first time the lovely seventy year old had played here and he was already looking forward to returning in March.
‘That is a terrific golf course. The only complaint I have this week was the 18th hole- the sun was shining directly into my face – did anyone else mention it?’
The venue is getting better each year. I first played here in a European Challenge tour event in 1998 where I narrowly missed the cut by 8 shots. A young Justin Rose was playing in the three ball behind me and he had quite a big crowd in awe as they watched his classy multi-million dollar golf swing. It was clear he was going to be a future major winner. My Dad and a stray dog were following our group and they both walked in after nine holes.
There was another Rose (Gandy) managing the bar and all her staff were really friendly throughout the day and did a great job looking after our guys.
The clocks went back last Sunday giving everyone another hour in bed this week. It still wasn’t enough for Dave Blood who slept through his alarm call. The ex-policeman spent his career ignoring alarms so there was no surprise there.
Ex RAF fighter plane navigator Dave Sully dodged a few bullets as he led his team to 87 points and a 3rd place finish The six handicapper had a gross 73 which is mighty impressive on this championship golf course. Janet(8) and Steve(5) Heywood and Mellor Captain Graham Davenport(8) made up the four.
Sandiways Gary Neiles(5), John Longworth(11), John Morton(10) and Carl Barks(5) scored 88 points. They had 46 points on the tough front nine. But were beaten on a card play off.
Jim Clarke(10) Chris Clarke (8) Graham Jackson (10) and Pete Ledger (16) took the honours today. A solid 44 points on the front nine was given a huge boost after Jackson and Ledger both birdied the 11th to pick up 8 points. Despite not picking up any shots on the closing four holes the damage was done and the likeable quartet were delighted with their win.
Well played chaps.
Thanks for your 100% attendance once again.
Nearest the pin 6th Phil Watson Doz AD333
Nearest the pin 16th Peter Griggs Doz AD333
2’s As well as Roger Percivals’ hole in one there were lots of 2’s today due to the accessible pins and true greens. Dave Sully had three, Colin Berry, Martin Humphries and Paul Fell got two. Even Bob Sutton got one.
2’s £140 2 pro v1s or 5 srixon s per two
Colin Berry x2 Dave Sully x3Peter Griggs Steve Barlow Bob Sutton Paul Fell x2 Sarah Ormrod Alf Shillitoe Munro Donald Martin Humphries x2 Roger Percival hole in one (x2)! Pete Atherton Ed Wilkinson Colin Berry x2 Phil Watson
|Formby Hall||4th Nov 21|
|1||Jim Clarke, Chris Clarke, Pete Ledger, Graham Jackson||88||12||Maxitours FJ Chill out|
|2||Gary Neiles, Carl Barks, John Morton, John Longworth||88||10||Maxitours FJ shirt each|
|3||Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood, Dave Sully, Graham Davenport||87||8||Callaway Shirt each|
|4||Colin Berry, Alan Simpson, Graham Wilknson, John Fitzsimmons||87||6||Callaway shirt each|
|5||Roger Percival, Martin France, Ed Wilkinson, Pete Atherton||85||4||Scorecard Holder each|
|6||Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Garry Smith, Dave Greenwood||85||2||Scorecard Holder each|
|7=||Colin Roberts, Andy Williamson, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant||83|
|7=||Dave Blood, Andy Sandham, Jim Cox, Ian Smith||83|
|7=||Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks||83|
|7=||Steve Blakeway, Phil McCurry, Pete Brown, Ben Davies||83|
|7=||Steve Marsh, Darren Whittaker, Martin Keates, Neil Worthington||83|
|7=||Lee Tilley, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, Pete Norbury||83|
|13=||Neale Laurent, Alf Shillitoe, Paul Butler, John Harrop||81|
|13=||Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Mike Lowe, Colin Bryan||81|
|15=||Simon Hemsley, Dave Woods, Joe Kirwan, Ian King||80|
|15=||Jim Caldwell, Bob Pickthall, Steve Barlow, Peter Griggs||80|
|15=||Mick Mahon, John Farnsworth, Richard Palmer, Munro Donald||80|
|18||Martin Humphries, Willy Gruber, John Murphy, Keith Shale||79|
|19||Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Sarah Ormrod, Nick Ford||78|
|20||Alison Shipstone, James Shipstone, Freda Watson, Phil Watson||76|
|21||Stuart Blake, Paul Moonan, John Atkin, Bob Sutton||65|
Fairhaven start sheet 11am shotgun
9th November 2021
1a Simon Hemsley x4
1b Colin Roberts x4
2 Dave Sully x4
3 Dave Blood x4
4 Jim Clarke x4
5 Steve Aspinall x4
6a Mick Mahon x4
6b Paul Fell x4
7 Martin Humphries x4
8 Kev Hart x4
9a Gary Neiles x4
9b Bob Sutton x4
10 Neale Laurent x4
11a Lewis Marland x4
11b Ian Hellens x4
12 Roger Percival x4
13 Richard Blackwellx4
16 Les Russon x4
16b John Hunt x4
17 Lee Tilley x4
18 Dave Goodwin x4
Dave Monk x4
John Hilditch x4
Chris Adams x4.
Adam Carolan x4.