Maxitours at Vale Royal
Blue skies, a few fluffy clouds, a superb Clubhouse and a very high quality golf course brought back memories of Portugal. The chilly breeze reminded us that we are very much still in Cheshire in January.
Vale Royal rarely closes due to the sandy subsoil and well-built greens. There was never any danger that this gem would be closed today. The course continues to improve and is always enjoyable to play 12 months of the year.
Scoring was exceptionally close.
Three teams shared second place with 85 points. Cheshire senior Captain Gareth Bradley (+3), Ian King (5) fresh from his training week in Portugal, Joe Kirwan (7) and John Owen were 4th after the card play off.
The Bramall team of Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Steve Merricks and Rob Kenyon scored 47 on the back nine but finished 3rd after talkative Dave McDougall and his team matched them.
Landscaper Dave is a great bloke and did some work in my garden. I was shocked at his work rate. He is nearly 70 and was shovelling for 6 hours. I nearly dropped my newspaper. His fitness showed on the back nine as he picked up some valuable three pointers. Heswall’s retired solicitor Jim Rymer, Mike Dempsey and Pete Newey both from Fixby completed the second placed team.
Taking 1st place was the Alsager team of old Bob Sinclair(17), famous Staffordshire cricket umpire Dave Marchant(17), Ross Birch(9) and Charles Herbert(17).
These guys were teamed up last night after a couple of drop outs and a blend of youth and experience saw them home . Well played chaps.
Shock of the day was Jonny Barton winning nearest the pin.
Thanks to everyone for playing – I hope you had a great day.
Nearest the pin 10th Jonny Barton Dozen Wilson Duo
Nearest the pin 16th Simon Walton Dozen Wilson Duo
£145 9 pro v1 or 21 srixon AD333 per 2
Sam Leach Jonny Barton John Hilditch Josh Street
|1||Dave Marchant, Ross Birch, Charles Herbert, Bob Sinclair||86||12||Maxitours chill out top|
|2||Dave McDougall, Jim Rymer, Pete Newey, Mike Dempsey||85||10||Maxitours FJ shirt|
|3||Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks||85||8||Callaway Shirt|
|4||Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Ian King, John Owen||85||6||Maxitours shirt each|
|5||Jim Caldwell, Bob Pickthall, Steve Perrett, Don Bailey||84||4||Maxitours bag towel each|
|6||Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mark Hughes, Ian Venables||82||2||Maxitours bag towel each|
|7||Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth||82|
|8=||Andy Bennett, John Eccles, Nick Cook, Neil Worthington||81|
|8=||Dave Goodwin, Phil Robinson, John Snape, Richard Williamson||81|
|8=||Sam Leach, Chris Walley, Jonny Barton, Jim Hodges||81|
|11=||Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Graham Davenport, Chris Lee||80|
|11=||Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Gary Smith, Craig||80|
|13||Steve Foxcroft, Tony Andrews, Trevor Webb, Tim Anderson||78|
|14||Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Paul Yates, John Longworth||77|
|15||Dave Blood, Andy Sandham, Jack Meredith, Jim Cox||76|
|16=||Mike George, Mark Clare, Graham Wright, Andy Southworth||75|
|16=||Dave Monk, Bill Davies, Ken Booth, Barry Wilson||75|
|16=||Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Tony Insley, Rick Northover||75|
|16=||Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Andy Mansfield, Ian Fensom||75|
|20||Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton, Dave Carlile, Neil Simpson||74|
|21||Josh Street, George Kerr, Norrie Irwin, Paul Salt||72|
|22||Richard Johnson, Nick Hargreaves, Phil Singh, Martin Prescott||71|
|23||Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, GrHm Wilkinson, John Fitzsimmons||69|
Fairhaven Start sheet
11am shotgun Tues 25th Jan
1a Mick Mahon x4
1b Steve Aspinall x4
2 John Hunt x4
3a Paul Fell x4
4a Martin Humphries x4
4b Kev Hart x4
5 Neale Laurent x4
6 Ian Hellens x4
7 Roger Percival x4
8a Richard Blackwellx4
8b Les Russon x4
9a Lewis Marland x4
9b Steve Marsh x4
10 Colin Roberts x4
11a Chris Adams x4
11b Dave Blood x4
12a Simon Hemsley
13 Ed Pysden x4
13b Adam Carolan x4
16a Dave Monk x4
17 Lee Tilley x4
18 Dave Goodwin x4
18b Simon Poucher x4
Jimmy McEwan x4i
Garry Owen x4
Neil Edwards x4
Neil Drummond x4
Jules Hardiman x4
Dave Monk x4