Maxitours at superb Preston

Spaces next week at Bramall Park 10th May and Bolton Old 12th May,
Both courses terrific !

This year the Captains of Manchester golf club and Maxitours regulars Janet & Steve Heywood, are having their charity day on Friday 3rd June 2022, one of the extra bank holidays for the Queens platinum jubilee. It’s aimed at members; but Maxitours players are welcome.

It’s a fun 4 person team event. Any combination of men, ladies and juniors with appropriate world handicap index. The cost is £20 for a member and £35 for a visitor. This price includes food (hopefully a bbq if weather allows). Booking is live now via the visitor page on the website

Our charity is local, it’s Springhill Hospice in Rochdale. On the day we hope to have prizes for nearest the pin etc. If anyone wants to donate prizes, please contact the captains direct.

The captains are looking forward to seeing you all on the day.

Maxitours at lovely Preston

Maxitours players really enjoyed visiting Preston in deepest Lancashire today.
The course is a cracker due to the fact that they enlisted the top players in the 1900’s to help them with the design. They recruited Harry Vardon famous for his grip, James Braid, the 5 times winner of the Open between 1901 & 1910 and prolific golf course designer; Alistair Mackenzie, best known for his terraced greens; and Sandy Herd who beat Vardon & Braid to win the 1902 Open. Much of what these legends of the game suggested for the course, is still in place today.

The closing 5 holes are class and the fantastic 17th is almost a mirror image of the famous par five 13th at Augusta.
I played here as an assistant in the early 1990s in a young professional’s event – there was no laying up when you are a fearless 20 year old pro. I’ve never seen so many of my titliest balls splashing in one stream. Great hole though!

Mick Mahon is a top man and always positive. I asked him if he enjoyed his round:
‘I’ve got a bad back, severe gout, toothache and my battery has packed up but apart from that I had a great day.’ Love it.

The check in at Preston is in the driving range reception area. For those who don’t know the driving range is a place you can practice and improve your golf game. Steve Aspinall almost shocked himself and nearly bought some range balls before changing his mind. ‘ I’ve just decided I don’t need to practice to play this badly – it comes naturally.’

All the leading 8 scores were recorded this morning in near perfect golfing weather.
Even Dave Goodwin(8) played well as his team of Richard Williamson(8), Phil Robinson(8) and Sarah Ormrod(12) teamed up superbly to score 82.
Second place went to a Maxitours legend -Birchwood’s non practicing Steve Aspinall(11) alongside Colin Berry(10), Keith Berry(12) and Ken Booth(13) with 85 points.

Big Dave Buckley (16) is the lovable steward at Antrobus- an incredibly friendly Club near Warrington. Dave is another player who is not a huge driving range fan. He normally warms up with a full English and a couple of pints of San Miguel. The likeable giant was on form today. They were out early in the day and made use of the excellent conditions and helped his team to a wonderful 90 points to win by five shots. Dave Carter(5), Rick Howard(16) and Ian Bruce(5) completed the quartet.
Well played chaps, great scoring.

Thanks to everyone for your support today. Class.
2’s sweep £167.50 4 pro v1s or 10 srixon ad333
Simon Hemsley Ian Bruce Mark Hughes Don Campbell Dave Jenkins Dave Greenwood Ken Booth Keith Berry Lee Tilley George Kerr

Nearest the pin 1st Graham Davenport Dozen AD333

Nearest the pin 14th Ken Booth Dozen AD333

Preston 6-May-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Dave Buckley, Dave Carter, Rick Howard, Ian Bruce 90 12 Maxitours FJ chill out top
2 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Ken Booth, Keith Berry 85 10 Maxitours FJ Shirt each
3 Dave Goodwin, Sarah Ormrod, Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson 82 8 Callaway shirt each
4 Ian King , Al Demmy, Simon Hemsley, Andy Wisedale 82 6 Callaway shirt each
5 Neil Bibby, , Barry Wilson, Simon Wilkinson 81 4 Maxitours bag towel each
6 Dave Griffiths, Chris Bracchi, Mike Fenton, Pete Birtwistle 81 2 Maxitours bag towel each
7= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Dave Greenwood, Tony Insley 80
7= Martin Humphries, Tony Hereford, Don Campbell, Dave Jenkins 80
7= Chris Adams, Phil Singh, Richard Johnson, Steve Hall 80
10= Neale Laurent, Chris Burnett, Gaz Gwilliam, Paul McDermott 79
10= James Shipston, Alison Shipstone, David Linton, James Brown 79
12= Steve Blakeway, Kenny Plumb, George Kerr, Phil Harris 78
12= Gav Sutcliffe, Paul Wrigley, Dave Herbert, Joe Teasdale 78
14 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mark Hughes 76
15= Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth 75
15= Nigel Jenkins, Phil Smeathers, Brian Greenbank, Guy Levers 75
15= Lee Tilley, Peter Norbury, Dave Rhodes, Dave Sarsfield 75
15= John Hillier, Gary Hempstead, Dan Houghman, Paul King 75
15= Graham Pike, Nigel Davenport, Jeremy Lawton, Jim Kenyon 75
20= Simon Ashton, Mick Jones, Dan Moss, Rick Booth 72
20= Ashley Elliott, Bob Eastwood, Mike Lamb, Mark Clewley 72
20= Gary Phillips, Jonny Reeve, Charlie Beadle, Dave Keen 72
20= Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Graham Davenport, Chris Lee 72
24 Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton, Paul Browne, Dave Carlile 71
25 Andy Taylor, Brian Baker, Paul Hadlee, Mike Eardley 67
26 Mike George, Mark Clare, Steve Ford, Jason Gough 65

Bramall Park Start sheet
Tuesday 10th May
10.00 John Atkin x4
10.09 Simon Hemsley x4
10.18 Colin Roberts x4
10.27 Paul Evans x4
10.36 Ed Pysden x4
10.45 Martin Bramwell x4
10.54 Dave Goodwin x4
11.03 Mick Mahon x4
11.12 Paul Gilbert x4
11.21 Neil Laurent x4
11.30 Lewis Marland x4
11.48 Steve Aspinall x4
12.06 Chris Bracchi x4
12.15 Richard Blackwell x4
12.24 Gary Phillips x4
12.33 Ian Gardner x4
12.42 Mike George x4
12.51 Kev Hart x4
1.00 Roger Percival x4
1.09 Sam Leach x4
1.18 Andy Cox x4
1.27 Lee Tilley x4
1.35 Andy Dunster x4
1.45 Ian Hellens x4
1.54 Dave Stewardson x4
2.03 Jim Rymer x4
2.21 Rob Weston x4
2.30 Steve Marsh x4
2.39 Ian Reece x4
2.48 Tom McGoona x4
2.57 Andy Buckley x4

Bolton Old links start sheet
Thursday 12th May
10.00 Simon Hemsley x4
10.08 Colin Roberts x4
10.16 Rob Platt x4
10.25 Nigel Jenkins x4
10.34 Bob Pickthall x4
10.43 Paul Gilbert x4
10.52 Dave Buckley x4
10.59 Dave Goodwin x4
11.09 Paul Fell x4
11.18 Martin Humphries x4
11.27 Jon Hudson x4
11.45 Wayne Harper x4
11.54 Jim Clarke x4
12.03 John Cox x4
12.12 Mick Mahon x4
12.30 Gary Phillips x4
12.39 Gary Owen x4
12.48 John Hunt x4
12.57 Mike George x4
1.06 Kev Hart x4
1.15 Dave Sully x4
1.24 Martin Bray x4
1.33 Ian Hellens x4
1.42 Andy Dunster x4
1.51 John Newtron x4 may canc
2.00 Lee Tilley x4
2.18 Adam Carolan x4
2.26 Dave Smith x4
2.35Bill Melia x4
2.44 Steve Parle x4
2.52Steve Marsh x4
3.00 Simon Ashton x4