|*Stockport AM AM Monday 20th Aug- 2 times available
*Friday 31st Aug Vale royal pro am- my friend PGA Pro Ben Derbyshire is running this event please contact him if you would like to play £240 01606 301291
Maxitours at wonderful Worsley
It was a real pleasure to be greeted by the sight of Worsleys lime green velvety fairways this morning. A little overnight rain had also softened the excellent putting surfaces so a great day was in store.
‘It looks like Vilamoura out there!’ Declared the well-travelled Paul Fell.
The course is a fantastic layout and everyone from bubbly Shannon behind the bar to my friend Andy Cory the highly respected Worsley Pro are really great to work with. Thank you. Steve Parle played here last year with Maxitours and enjoyed it so much he decided to join this lovely Club !
Regular player Simon Hemsley has had a few golf-free weeks due to his summer holidays with his health-conscious missus. He was back playing today. ‘It’s the bacon butties I missed most’ Said the likeable Bramall man as he skipped into the Clubhouse first thing this morning.
It’s a long time since Trevor Nicholson got on a birdie trail. Nowadays he prefers to go on the ‘Ale trail’ . He went on one around his native Yorkshire last night with some pals and this was his excuse for a disappointing 29th place finish at Worsley.
Every time we play at Worsley Golf Club at least one of my less intelligent players will ring me from the Marriott Worsley course which is 10 minutes around the corner asking where everybody is.
Mark Haggerty can beat that.
Not only did he go to the wrong course he went on the wrong day. He phoned me up yesterday to ask where everyone was. When I saw him today the wealthy High Legh man had a chuckle ‘I am having a bad week- I lost a £500 Ted Baker jacket at the weekend and then even lost my wife’s Tesla car keys on Monday!’ My heart bleeds for you Mark.
In today’s event Ben Hallum(+3) had a Maxitours record 8! birdies in his round and he didn’t even score on the 1st two holes which are eminently birdieable par fives. Luckily for Maxitours players he is continuing his American scholarship and flies back to the States soon. His less talented team of Sean O’Connor(18), Matt Cheffins(9) and Eddie Sterling(8) finished 4th.
Turtons Sarah Ormrod(18) was the only lady playing today but this didn’t stop her contributing well as her team finished 3rd . After a few months out of the prizes this quartet has just found some form recently, even Nigel Hallows(7) contributed and he was the only player in the field to birdie the excellent 14th hole.
It was great to see two senior teams took the two top spots today.
Lymm’s Brian ‘barrell scraper’ Ankers(17) was once again called in at the last minute and his three net birdies helped the Roy Ainsworth(25) team sneak into 2nd place. Peter Heald(10) is 80 next week and still playing high quality golf. Mike Verdon(14) was the corner stone of the team.
Ex-school teacher Nigel Ashton(12) led his retired team to victory with a super 88 points. Nigel rolled in three putts from over 30 feet to get his team off to a good start. The real star of the team was Colin Bryan(9) who was delighted to score 4 points on three holes after playing the tough holes superbly. Paul Fell(5) and Tony Hereford(15) completed the team.
Nearest the Pin 16th Martin Bramwell Doz AD333s
2’s £225 6 pro v1s each Richard Palmer John Farnsworth Mike Hill Jim Caldwell Dave Tonge James Shipstone x2 Richard Blackwell Tony Jennison Christian James Simon Moorhouse Steve Halliwell Dave Beavis Matt Mortimer
Stockport start sheet
9.00David Kelly x4
|Maxitours at perfect Pleasington
The old Lancastrian mill town of Blackburn is famous for its cotton production but it is also blessed with one of the best golf courses in the North, always presented in immaculate condition.
Pleasington sits in 142 acres of stunning countryside in the beautiful Ribble Valley sitting in the foothills of the West Pennines and this great course was enjoyed by all Maxitours players today. Brian behind the bar is the definition of excellent Lancastrian hospitality and he can’t do enough to help.
The food is great at Pleasington and I enjoyed my mid afternoon cheese pie and chips. Unfortunately Koos Alders nicked one of my chips as I was checking his teams scorecard after their round. I think it was about the only thing Koos sunk today as his team finished with just 74 points.
Congratulations to Georgia Hall winning the Ladies British Open, it would be great if Tommy Fleetwood could win the USPGA this week to make it an English double. That’s my tip for the week.
Nigel Dibble likes playing In the Ribble but under pressure on the 18th green he made the ball dribble.
Dave Francis found the £1,000,000 newly developed footbridge over the railway very handy as he could retrieve his wild slice without having to negotiate the 12.40 express to Clitheroe as in previous visits he made to Pleasington.
In todays event the scoring was close with all but 2 teams teams scoring much better on the easier front nine.
Paul Fell(5) was shanking for the first 4 holes but the likeable Welshman regrouped and helped his team take 3rd place. The never say die ex soldier ensured his team had the best back nine of the day by a long way as they came home in 44 points to take 3rd place on the card play off. Mike Lowe(8) Dave Cooper(14) and Colin Bryan(9) completed the Welsh quartet.
Nigel Hallows(8) team scored heavily on the tough Pleasington par three holes as they finished in 2nd place. Sarah Ormrod(19), John Delaney(5) and Dave Greenwood(13) all recorded 2’s as the team scored 86 points.
Grange Parks Barry Wellings (6) took first place today with 87 points. When he gets hold of a tee shot he can hit it into a different Time zone . He drove the 6th green today and rolled in his eagle put and then incredibly eagled the par five next helping his team to pick up 14 points on those two holes. ‘The Warwickshire’s’ Keith Evans(10) and Alsager members Dave Mason(12) and Geoff Andrews(20) were his happy team mates. Well played chaps great golf.
Thanks to all players for your continued support. It was great to be back working hard today after my recent holiday- yeah right. Tim
Nearest the Pin 16th Allan Entwistle Dozen AD333
Maxitours at Stunning Vale Royal
Thank you to trusted friend Matt Turnock for running todays Maxitours event at stunning vale royal on the last day of my family holiday to Abersoch.
Reports of hospitality and superb course conditions ensured a great day was had by all.
Many players were looking forward to coming back to Vale Royal and they weren’t disappointed as the feedback was excellent regarding the receptiveness and quality of the greens as well as the course overall.
This really is a first class venue.
Also a big thank you to all the staff at Vale Royal for their hospitality throughout the thanks to all members and officials at this friendly golf club for making us all feel so welcome. A big thank you to all my players for maintaining high standards of etiquette each week remembering to repair pitchmarks and raking bunkers- your continued integrity is really appreciated.
Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest Pin winners
6th Hole – Matt Cheffins Dozen AD333
10th Hole – Graham Pike dozen AD333
2’s – £245 – 6 x ProV1’s or 16 Srixon
Matt Cheffins, Tom Butler, Martin Firth, Chris Walley, Phil McCurry, Steve Lamont, Mark Edwards, John Longworth, David Rhodes and Dean Jagger
Vale Royal Results
1st Tom Butler Sean O’Conner Matt Cheffins Henry Narraway 91 12
Galvin Green shirt each
2nd Andy Hockenhull Andy Bethell Martin Firth Eddie Gearey 90 10
Stuburt padded gilet each
3rd Joe Yates Alan Forber John Longworth Andrew Cox 88 8
Bobby Jones shirt each
4th Alan Noden Roy Kirk John Kirk Paul Bayley 88 6
Maxitours shirt each
5th Munro Donald Kieron Hunt Nigel Clowes Dave Westwood 87 4
Maxitours shirt each
6th Nigel Davenport Nigel Eckersley Jeremy Lawton Graham Pike 86 Maxitours shirt each
Mick Jones David walters Peter Allan Phil Baines 86
Barrie Wilson John Lynski Euginio Fernandez Steve Lamont 85
Peter Barrett Dave French Dan Johnson Jim Cumerford 85
- Neil Drummond David McGuinness Brendan Leighton Daniel Dunn 84 Peter Maher Russell Humphries Martin Higgins David Braddock 84
Lee Tilley David Rhodes David Sarsfield Dean Jagger 84
Richard Blackwell Gary Conroy John Hilton Nick Moors 83
John Kilner Dave Smith Tom Baker Jnr Tom Baker Snr 83
Carl Jones Dave Jones Roy Goble Steve Johnson 83
Stuart Reynolds Ray Mills Ashley Elliott Bob Eastwood 83
James Baker Howard Baker James Davison Philip Dugnan 82
Nigel Ashton Tony Hereford Colin Bryan Paul Fell 82
Nigel Hallows Richard Waterfield Mike Morrison John Delaney 81
Mick Mahon Frank Hindle Richard Palmer John Farnsworth 81
Paul Woodbine Mark Edwards Dave Goodwin Doni Phillips 80
Mark Gibbins Gary Owen Angie Gibbins Katrina Owen 80
Ian Hellens Paul Robinson Brian Yardley Phil McCurry 80
Sam Leach Bob Chester Chris Walley Jim Hodges 79
Nigel Oakes Andy Thompson Mike Stott Steve Hardy 78
Chris Macklin Frank Kaminski David Williams Rob Kenyon 78
Will Killey Simon McCoy Phil Harris Eddie Ellis 77
Mike Sallabank Dave Bolton Ken Buckley Col Shaw 76
Mike Stuart Dave Stone Ed Coggin Ian Waite 76
Chris Adams Andrew Oakes Richard Johnson Mike Clewley 74
Pleasington Start times
9.30 Colin Roberts x4
9.39 David Kelly x4
9.48 John Hunt x4
9.57 Mike Stuart x4
10.06 Paul Robinson x4
10.15 Mick Mahon x4
10.24 Barrie Simpson x4
10.32 Bev Crute x4
10.40 John Newton x4
10.49 Ian Acton x4
10.58 Ian Hellens x4
11.07 Dave Woods x4
11.15 Munro Donald x4
11.24 Tim Spence x4
11.32 Stuart Reynolds x4
11.36 Dave Sully x4
11.45 Nigel Hallows x4
11.54 Les Russon x4
12.03Rob Weston x4
12.12 Paul Gilbert x4
12.21 Paul Fell x4
1.30 Peter Maher x4
1.38 Dave Whelan x4
1.46 Andy Dunster x4
1.55 Steve Lamont x4
2.04 Steve Lamont x4
2.13 Roy Sinclair x4
2.22 Sean Hamill x4
2.31 Barry Jackson x4
2.40 Joe Yates x4
2.48Richard Blackwell x4
2.56 John Wallis x4
3.05 Simon Ashton x4
3.14 Brian Hopkins x4
Mike Sallabank x4
|*3 team spaces at superb Vale Royal next Friday
Results from Delightful Dunham Forest
Dunham Forest was in wonderful condition once again for today’s Maxitours event. The greens were superb and a well struck shot would really spin. Fast running fairways and the forward tees meant scoring was going to be excellent.
Thanks to perhaps the best golf club Caterer in the North -Leslie Saxon and her husband Manager Mike for their famous hospitality- excellent.
Thanks also to highly respected Professional Paul Dennis who runs a tight ship and has a growing reputation as a top coach, the green keeping staff are also at the top of their game.
This years Open was right up there with the very best. And it was great to see the Italian Molinari take the Claret jug back home to Florida. Burnt fairways, unfair bounces, unplayable bunker shots, unpleasant weather conditions all added up to a real test of character and a confident and focussed Molinari was up to the task.- Brilliant.
Steve Morfitt sent his deep pocketed and short armed Yorkshire team into a frenzy this morning when he forgot his wallet and only turned up with a fiver.
It was great to see newly retired Lewis Marland on the golf course. He had never parred the tough 4th hole at Dunham and once again he drove into the right hand trees. Lewis sensibly chipped out and then holed his 225 yard shot for a birdie. Have a great retirement Lewis!
Sausage eating Neale Laurent’s day got off to a bad start when he heard on the radio that there may be a barbeque ban introduced to prevent the risk of accidental fires. His day improved when he got on the course however and played some sizzling golf to help his team take 5th place with 91points
Brian Greenbanks Hale team were out just after 8am and they made the most of the stunning conditions to post a superb 91 points which looked good enough to take 1st prize. Dave Wainwright(12), Guy Levers(22) and Andy Rattray(5) were his partners.
Roy Ainsworth(25) was short of a player this morning, after 16 calls his phone was running short on credit and he was still a man down. He was forced to invite his old friend Brian Ankers(17) along. Brian’s nickname is ‘Last resort’ or ‘Barrel scraper’. Against all the odds Barrel scraper did more than his fair share to help the team take 3rd place. Seventy nine year old Peter Heald(10) impressively scored 76 in the Club competition last week and alongside Mike Verdon(14) they completed the successful team.
Nigel Hallows’ (8) team finally had a podium finish after they scored 92 points late in the day. The Turton quartet had a great round and I watched Nigel and Dave Greenwood(13) make superb birdies on their closing hole. Mick Gorrill(10) and John Delaney(5) also played great golf.
Four well spoken Prestbury members took the honours today. Even last years Captain Richard Johnson(17) did his fair share and his chip in on the 17th summed up a great day for the likeable quartet.
Thanks to all my players for your support. I appreciate it. Tim
Nearest the pin 8th Paul Fell Doz AD333
2’s £175 3 pro v1s or 8 srixons Brian Greenbank x2 Guy Levers Jack Coleman Tony Hereford Paul Fell Colin Bryan Nigel Oakes Steve Woods Steve Heywood Peter Heald Brian Ankers (barrel scraper) Dave Goodwin James Shipstone Brian Hopkins Nigel Hallows
Vale Royal AM AM start times
|Results from the fabulous Hopwood Srixon Masters
Manchester (Hopwood) Golf Club keeps getting better and better. The course is back to its very best and can certainly lay claim to be one of the elite venues in Manchester. All my Maxitours players really enjoyed their day. Thanks to everyone at the Club especially steward Steve who puts some hours in. He met me at 8.30am this morning and was still working hard when I left the course at 7.30pm this evening- many thanks Steve
Lots of Maxitours players were convinced that I have spent all afternoon enjoying myself relaxing and watching the Open golf on the huge Hopwood flat screen tv. This is not the case as I found time to have some lunch when the adverts came on.
John Farnsworth is really suffering due to this years drought. He normally has about 40 cigarettes a round but most courses now have smoking bans.
Abba loving John Linsky was having a great day. He played better than his normal rubbish at Manchester Golf Club and is now looking forward to watching the new Mama Mia movie which was released today. His team weren’t so positive.
Kieth Rigby looks quite intelligent but this is misleading. He caused a few chuckles in the clubhouse when he walked in and asked loudly ‘Is Kevin Costner is leading the Open?’
Erik Van Roohan was lying 2nd after the first day at Carmnoustie and the Sky golf commentator reported that has size 14 feet.
Taking third place in today’s event was seventy plus year old Dave Harlow and his wealthy team who all live next to the Mere. Dave’s golf is maturing with age like a fine wine and the 17 handicapper had a run of six pars in the middle of his round. Lovely guys Phil Smeathers(6) Dave Stanhope(11) and Les Penson(14) completed the millionaire quartet.
In second place were the Macclesfield lads. My old science teacher Neil Drummond(13) captained the team of Daniel Dunn(6) Callum Cook(20) and Pat O’Dowd(17). ‘We had great chemistry out there.’ Reported the physics graduate.
Winning was Les Russons(12) Bramall team. Their winning drought has been compared to the Summer of ’76 but the heavens opened for them on course today as they at last found some form.
Thanks to everyone for your terrific support and 100% attendance- legends.
Nearest the pin 13th Ian Sampson Doz Srixon AD333s
2’s £172.50 5 pro v1s or dozen AD333s per 2 Daniel Dunn Jason Moran Richard Johnson Paul Fell Mike Lowe Steve Halliwell Mike Tarrant Les Penson Barry Jackson Dave Smith
Dunham Forest start times
|Great upcoming Maxitours events
Hopwood AM AM Fri 20th July – 2 team space
Dunham Forest AM AM Thurs 26th July -1 team space
Vale Royal AM AM 3rd Aug – 3 team spaces
Pleasington Thur 9th Aug – full
Worsley Thurs 16th Aug – 3 team spaces
Stockport Mon 20th Aug – 1 team space
Ringway Pairs Thurs 30th Aug – spaces
Mere AM AM 3rd Sept – spaces
Clitheroe Pairs 11th Sept -full
Hopwood Fri 20th Sept – spaces
Helsby Thurs 27th Sept- spaces
Maxitoirs at luxurious Lancaster
Lancaster Golf Club blew the (ankle length, white) socks off Maxitours players today. The course was in amazing condition and everyone enjoyed this terrific golf course.
It was not only the greens which were getting praised as the fairways and bunkers were also in great condition.
Intelligent and thrifty Mike Tarrant uses rechargeable batteries in his Garmin GPS unit as he tells me it works out a lot cheaper in the long run. Unfortunately, the batteries were still at home happily charging on his wall unit when he teed off today at Lancaster. ‘You haven’t got any AA batteries you can lend me have you Tim?’
The history of the Ashton estate where the Golf course sits is fascinating. King James 1 and Charles 11 are both reputed to have stayed in the clubhouse a few hundred years ago. Brian Hopkins has also stayed in the Dormy house here and he says it is very nice.
The first ever St Leger race was supposed to have taken place on the golf course land. Chris Adams Prestbury team certainly weren’t at the races today as they could only manage 34 and 35points between them
Peter Allis includes the Lancaster signature 18th hole in his top ten finishing holes in the World. Rob Parry would agree as his thinned tee shot hit the flag and disappeared into the hole. It wasn’t the only thing to disappear quickly as Rob made a sharp exit for the M6 without buying a drink at the bar. Congratulations Rob.
On his arrival Stewart Taylor was bemused by a huge sign in front of the grand Lancaster Clubhouse warning golfers that the parking of cars and the congregating people is prohibited due to the risk from flying golf balls. The 18th green is over 50 yards away so it would take a very bad shot to endanger life thought Stewart. Four hours later he was screaming ‘fore’ as his badly struck tee shot rattled around the front of the historic Clubhouse.
In todays event scoring was excellent with fast running Lancaster fairways and pure putting surfaces.
Shrigley Hall legend Brian Hopkins(4) rolled in a birdie at the last to take 5th place alongside Mark Taylor(10).
Andy Faulkner(18) repairs telephones on the railway for a living. A one point double bogey at the second would usually signal the start of his game coming right off the tracks. Luckily playing partner Dr Munro Donald(15) held things together and they were delighted to finish in 4th with 44 points.
Worsleys’ Kev Hart(10) and Paul Yearsley(10) recorded a best ever 45 points to take 3rd . Kev is a great character who could never be described as quiet. He was talking even louder than usual about his excellent golf in the bar after play.
Nuclear Submarine builders Mike Hillman(11) and Barrow Golf Club Captain Dave Pratt(9) took 2nd place. After an explosive start they were delighted to see Dave’s ball submerge beneath the hole for a birdie on the 16th .
Richard Palmers(12) game has come together since he dumped his driver last month in favour of a strong three wood.
Thanks to all who travelled today – it was terrific to have over 120 players and not a single no show-pure Class.
Nearest the pin 13th Hole Dave Lowe Dozen AD333s
2’s £207.50 5 pro v1s or 12 srixon AD333s Steve Blakeway Matt Firth Billy Rawsthore Dan Thomson x2 Rob Parry x2 (hole in one) Jay Atherton Wayne Harper Mike Hillman Dave Chambers Brian Hopkins
Hopwood Start times
Lancaster start times below- check carefully some slight changes
Maxitours at Delightful Davenport
Despite the Sahara Desert –like weather conditions Davenport Golf Club was enjoyed by all Maxitours players today. This picturesque course sits in the foothills of the Pennines and is a great test of golf with narrow fairway and small greens.
The catering is always first class thanks to highly rated clubhouse manager Frazer and his team and we were well looked after once again today.
The Davenport members have a roll up on Thursday mornings and it says a lot about this great club that so many guys came over to have a chat and gave is their best wishes for a terrific days golf – thank you.
Office Manager Elaine has been great to deal with over the last twelve years and we wish her all the best on her retirement in December.
There are fantastic views from the 15th tee across Manchester and the North Pennines. Richard Gough pointed out the faint smudge if smoke emanating from the Saddleworth fire but his team couldn’t quite see where he was looking. Richard then pulled his tee shot wildly out of bounds.
‘I can see the fire now -its directly in line with where your ball landed -in that big bush.’ Chuckled playing partner Phil Kenning.
Mick Mahan thinks England will win the World Cup. The omens are good as the last time we won was when Man City won the league, Burnley qualified for Europe and Chelsea finished 5th in the league.
‘It’s got to be our year -we’re having a heatwave, we’ve got a great side of the draw and Frank Hindle bought a round of drinks.‘ In a strange twist of fate Micks team finished last with a spooky World Cup score of ‘66’ points to keep the football theme running strong.
John Farnsworth has blamed his poor golf on his recent weight loss. ‘I lost 2 pounds last week in that sunshine and its caused my swing to go out of sync!’ Seventeen stone John was back drinking beers after play as he desperately tried to get back to his fighting weight.
In todays event all of the top five teams teed off in the first hour and a half and made the most of the more receptive, cooler, stiller conditions.
Taking the early lead were Maxitours regular nice guys Colin Roberts(19) Dave Marchant(16) Geoff Andrews(20) and Brian White(16) with 81 points .
This was then bettered by Paul Fell (4) Nigel Ashton(13) likeable Scouser (if there is such a thing) Ben Kinsey(5) and Mike Lowe(8) who had a better back nine.
Taking first place was Maxitours ever present and lovely man Lewis Marland (15) with his best pal Alf Shilitoe(18), Neale Laurent(13) and Rick Cotton(9). Shillitoe and Cotton picked up some vital points for the team as they made two birdies at the last to secure a first victory of the year. Well played chaps.
Dr David Arthur found the ‘cure’ for his fade and drilled a six iron close to the flag to win nearest the pin on the 14th. Alan Forber thinned his shot on the 16th to within inches of the hole and Brian Hopkins won longest drive by at least 20 yards, well done.
Thanks to all who played today, your support is appreciated. Tim
Nearest the pin 14th Dr David Arthur Doz AD333s
Nearest the pin 16th Alan Forber Doz AD333s
Longest drive 6th Brian Hopkins Doz Ad 333s
2’s £187.50 5 Pro v1s or dozen AD333s per 2 Gary Nieles Paul Fell Ben Kinsey Dave Arthur x2 Jim Caldwell John Hilditch Phil Robinson Pete Atherton Nigel Davenport x2
My computer is playing up so results are shorter than usual.
Lewis Marlands team 82 FJ shoes each
Paul Fells team 81 Doz Pro V1s each
Colin Roberts Team 81 FJ Shirt each
David Kellys team 78 Titleist travel umbrella each
Paul Grahams team 78 Sunice shirt each
Jim Caldwells team 77 Maxitours bag towel eachRoy Ainsworth team 76
Dave Greenwoods team 76
Joe Yates team 76
John Dawson team 76
Jack Colemans team 75
Graham Pikes team 75
John Hilditch team 75
Roger Percivals team 75
Dave Stanhopes team 74
Koos Alders team 74
Ian Appletons team 74
Simon Pouchers Team 72
Simon Taylors team 71
Chih Hus team 71
Sam Leach Team 71
Steve Parles team 70
Chris Adams team 69
Dave Goodwins team 69
Ian Neilson team 67
Peter Mahers team 67
Mick Mahons team 66
Paul Gilberts team 66
Lancaster start times Mon 9th July
10.00 Colin Roberts x3 Carl Kennedy x1
10.09 Simon Hemsley x4
10.17 Paul Fell x2 Terry Hines x2
10.26 Paul Mitchell x4
10.34 Mick Mahon x4
10.43 Ed Pysden x4
10.52 Kev Hart x2 Peter Short x2
11.01 Ian Hellens x4
11.10 Nigel Hallows x4
11.18 Phil Harris x4
11.27 Neale Laurent x4
11.36 Munro Donald x4
11.44 Roger Percival x4
11.53 Ray Tennant x2 Nathan Evans x2
12.02 Martin Firth x4
12.10 Andrew Cox x4
12.19 Rob Weston x4
12.27 Neil Edwards x4
12.36 Neil Edwards x4
12.45 Steve Lamont x4
12.54 Stuart reynolds x4
1.03 Chris Adams x4
1.12 Les Russon x4
1.20 Steve Parle x4
1.29 Challen x4
1.38 Duncan x4
1.47 Richard Blackwell x4
1.56 James Wilson x4
2.04 Dave Blease x4
2.13 Barry Jackson x4
2.22 Mark Redfern x2 Chris McKellor x2
2.31 Joe Yates x4
2.40 Mick Fenton x4
2.48 Brian Hopkins x4