|North Wales Thursday 21st February – one space
Vale of Llangollen Friday 22nd Feb – spaces for teams of 4 at this must play treasure!!
Maxitours at delightful Dunham Forest
The course was incredibly dry and the greens were superb for our players today. Head Greenkeeper Davis Lippiate has done a truly great job getting the summer scorched fairways back to their usual excellent condition. He is incredibly switched on and planted a new species of grass seeds in the Autumn which can grow in just 4 degrees throughout the Winter- great work David.
Mike and Leslie Saxon run a tight ship and their lovely Clubhouse looks great after recent refurbishment work. Thanks to all your super staff for their hospitality.
There were plenty of frustrated squirrels on the course today. It is a very important time for mating with Spring around the corner and the squirrels need to be left alone in their natural habitat. Unfortunately Tim Johnsons wild tee shots kept disturbing them. ‘By hell there’s a lot of squirrels on that course!’ He reported after his round.
Romantic Dave Greenwood isn’t daft and he chose Valentines day to treat his attractive girlfriend Sarah with a round of golf. They scored a dreamy 40 points together ‘We have shared a wonderful afternoon together’ He concluded. James Shipstone is not quite so romantic and needs to look out. His lovely wife Alison paid the entry fee this morning and then decided to swap partners. She teamed up with the good-looking John Hunt instead and they were in the prizes.
It was so nice out there even I dusted down a couple of clubs and hit some balls off the quality Dunham turf. Dan Moore was so impressed with my swing he decided to get a closer look and hit a vicious hook off the 11th tee which whistled past my right ear and came to rest in the middle of the practice ground.
Mark Stanger turned up again in his red Ferrari California but unfortunately he struggled to find the hole with his golf ball. His Ferrari did find a hole on the way to the course however- a pothole caused by this winters frosty mornings -and Bolton council could be facing a hefty bill for damage to his suspension.
Roger Percival has a terrific short game but can struggle with his long approach shorts. Today he hit a ‘Quasimodo shot’ into the last green (Don’t want that back) to win nearest the pin. Nigel Hall was closest on the 8th.
Mike Verdon(15) was surprised to see his partner John Morgan(23) play well and was astonished to score 46 points and 5th place.
Lymm’s Martin France(3) and Peter Atherton(11) had five birdies between them as they scored 48 points. Martin had five birdies and Pete had none.
Thanks to all players for your support and 100% attendance.
Nearest the Pin 8th Nigel Hall Dozen AD333
North Wales start sheet Thursday 21st Feb
Vale Of Llangollen start sheet
9.00Colin Roberts x4
**Please note Next week at Dunham is now 12pm shotgun**
Dear Maxitours player,
Heavy rain this morning has led to saturated ground conditions at Ringway and Richard their head greenkeeper has kindly just rang me to let me know the course is unplayable.
Sorry for any inconvenience PLEASE LET YOUR TEAM KNOW
Next week at Dunham is now 12pm shotgun
Dear Maxitours player
It’s a long way to go with the weather forecast I’ve just seen so Fairhaven have kindly allowed me to reschedule this event for Tuesday March 12th.
Can you please let your team know that tomorrow is cancelled.
Please let me know if you wish to play on that date’
I had no cancellations despite the poor forecast – I really appreciate your integrity in these winter months- amazing.
Manager Lindzi Stones and everyone at Fairhaven have also been great to deal with – Thank you.
Sorry for the late notice I have just arrived home tonight from Portugal.
Yours in golf
Dear Maxitours player
Todays event has been cancelled due to snow!
There are still a few spaces next Tuesday at Fairhaven
Sorry for any inconvenience, Tim
|*Wednesday at Warrington still on – The manager believes full greens will be in operation as long as the course is not covered in snow- I will update my website at 8.30am on Weds morning *
Maxitours Quinta do Lago AM AM
Tee shirts and shorts were the order of the day once again as 48 Maxitours players enjoyed the stunning Portuguese sunshine.
After two terrific rounds on the best courses that the Algarve has to offer (Laranjal and Quinta South) Roger Percivals team had a four shot lead over Jim Clarkes team.
On the tremendous Quinta North Course they were overhauled after a fine final round by Clarke(12), Graham Jackson(8), Pete Ledger(19) and James Joyce(6). I followed them on the back nine and a great team effort was really excellent to watch.
Third place went to who the Chris Adams’ Prestbury team and Alan Baxters’ Mere team ended the tournament in an impressive 4th place.
Thanks to everyone for making this trip so enjoyable to run. Terrific wine, food, company and golf throughout the week means eleven teams have already rebooked for next year.
Yours in Golf, Tim
Day 1 Winners Not in the top 3 overall.
Second Day at Quinta do Lago
There was barely a cloud in the sky for Maxitours competitors at the gem that is Quinta do Lago South course today.
Incredibly fast greens and the Meditteranean breeze mean scoring was tougher than yesterday.
‘What a course- that is class!’ Enthused Colin Roberts and his team.
Going into the final day the Lymm team of Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton and Andrew Wright have a four shot lead over Jim Clarkes team. Chris Adams Prestbury team lies in third place and Alan Baxters quartet are sitting pretty in 4th place.
I am going out for a meal with Roger Percivals team tonight. (Professionals Tip of the day – always go out to dinner with the daily sweep winners.)
Tomorrow should be very interesting.
Yours in Golf, Tim
|Quinta South Scores||20-Jan-2019|
|1||Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright||80|
|2||Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce||76|
|3||Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley||73|
|4||Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell||72|
|5||Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall||71|
|6=||Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy||70|
|6=||Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson||70|
|6=||Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett||70|
|6=||Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair||70|
|10||Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane||69|
|11||Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker||68|
|12||Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley||67|
|Overall scores after 2nd Day|
|1||Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright||166||11.20am Tomorrows start time at Quinta North|
|2||Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce||162||11.12am|
|3||Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall||155||11.04am|
|4||Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell||154||10.56am|
|5||Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy||149||10.48am|
|6||Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett||148||10.40am|
|7||Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson||147||10.32am|
|8=||Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane||144||10.16am|
|8=||Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley||144||10.24am|
|8=||Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley||144||10.08am|
|11||Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair||136||10.00am|
|12||Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker||135||9.52am|
Results from sunny Laranjal!
A terrific first days golf at Laranjal was enjoyed by all 48 Maxitours players.
This is a lovely course and gives players the opportunity to open their shoulders and play attacking golf in the sunshine!
The course is not long but is defended with plenty of water, sloping greens and large sand traps.
Even hard to please Kev Hart couldn’t find anything to moan about.
‘What a venue- that’s the best course I have ever played.’
Martin France was delighted to put his name on the nearest the pin marker after an excellent shot into the 3rd hole. Unfortunately, we aren’t having nearest the pins this week and the markers were put out for a group of lovely old ladies playing after our party.
At the end of round one it was great to see the Mere husband and wife teams of the Baxter’s (Alan and Elspeth) and the Blackwell’s (Alison and Paul) featuring on the leader board. They could be ones to watch after a commendable 82 points.
The Prestbury team of Steve Hall (next years Captain) Chris Adams, Garry Titchen and Mike Clewley have got more money than sense and they came out three days early to acclimatise and this paid off with an 84 point haul.
Taking the early lead was Jim Clarke, Pete Ledger, Graham Jackson and James Joyce who also had a practice round yesterday and they were joined at the top of the leader board by Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton and Andy Wright both teams recording 86 points. Well played chaps.
We are playing my favourite – Quinta South – tomorrow with wall to wall sunshine forecast. Get to bed Colin Roberts.
Yours in Golf,
|Day 1 Laranjal||19-Jan-2019|
|1=||Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Peter Ledger , James Joyce||86||Better back nine|
|1=||Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Martin France, Andrew Wright||86|
|3||Chris Adams, Mike Clewley, Garry Titchen, Steve Hall||85|
|4||Alan Baxter, Elspeth Baxter, Paul Blackwell, Alison Blackwell||82|
|5||Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy||79|
|6||Al Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Baldwin, Mike Bennett||78|
|7=||Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliot, Peter Robinson||77|
|7=||Mike Tarrant, Kev Hart, James Wilson, Paul Yearsley||77|
|9||Colin Roberts, Marc Morris, Koos Alders, Ron Sloane||75|
|10||Chih Hu, Graham Bonser, Chih Hu, Ken Weatherley||71|
|11||Gary Bailey, Geoff Allen, Gary Hempstesd, John Walker||67|
|12||Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox, Bob Kwan, Pete Sinclair||66|