Stockport off- sorry!

Dear Maxitours player,

Todays event has been cancelled as with temperatures not rising at all the snow will not disappear sufficiently.

We are trying to rearrange the fixture for a later date and will have more details at 9.30

Sorry for any inconvenience,
See most of you on Thursday, Tim

Stockport now 12pm Shotgun start

Dear Maxitours player,

Just a reminder that there are only two days until the official first day of Spring.

Stockport have had a little snow but after speaking to Professional Gary Norcott he thinks there is very good chance it will clear tomorrow morning.

The event will now be a 12pm shotgun -please let me know if you are unable to play

I will also update my website at 9.30am as we will have a clearer picture of the situation in case of any overnight snow.

We will be on proper greens and tees but there is a good chance the 90 degree rule may apply as fairways will be wet.

Thanks for your patience,


The Latest Stuburt Order of Merit
18th March 2018

1 Gareth Bradley 66
1 Phil Mayers 66
3 Barney Ross 62
4 Simon Hemsley 47
5 Chris Cyprus 44
6 Phil Vokes 41
7 Pete Ledger 40
8 Ian King 38
9 John Hilton 37
10 Alan Pengelly 35
11 Roy Ainsworth 32
11 Paul Dalby 32
11 Joe Kirwan 32
14 Dale Beaghan 30
14 Gary Neiles 30
14 Joe Yates 30
17 Steve Aspinall 28
17 Colin Berry 28
17 Alan Drew 28
20 Neale Laurent 27
20 Matt Mortimer 27
22 Richard Blackwell 26
23 Brian Hopkins 25
23 Pete Maher 25
23 Dan Moore 25
26 Mike Dean 24
26 Mike Masser 24
26 Roger Percival 24
26 Neil Swarbrick 24
26 Pete Tomlinson 24
31 Paul Fell 23
32 James Shipstone 22
33 Kevin Seaton 21
34 Trevor Foster 20
34 Peter Houston 20
34 Alan Simpson 20
34 Anthony Wilson 20
38 Martin France 19
38 Bill Heywood 19
40 Fred Green 18
40 Neil Higgins 18
40 Dave Stone 18
43 Dave Blood 16
43 Jim Caldwell 16
43 Jim Clarke 16
43 Jim Cox 16
43 Lewis Marland 16
43 Andy Sandham 16
43 Adam Thompson 16
43 Andy Veitch 16
43 Peter Veitch 16
43 David Wainwright 16
43 Mike Wainwright 16
43 Ed Wilkinson 16
55 Nigel Ashton 14
55 Ian George 14
55 Mark Taylor 14
55 Mike Verdon 14
59 Rob Andrew 12
59 Chris Beaghan 12
59 James Brown 12
59 Ian Gemmill 12
59 Mike Grainger 12
59 Anthony (Tony) Green 12
59 Vernon Hayes 12
59 Ian Hellens 12
59 John Hunt 12

Results from Delightful Dunham

*Maxitours overseas trip to Portugal January 2019 Moves to a new terrific venue– Quinta North , South and Laranjal!!- Full details next week
**Next week Spring Classic at Stockport and Ringway start sheets below (prizes each day and overall)

Maxitours at delightful Dunham Forest

The best golfing day of the year so far greeted over one hundred Maxitours players at Dunham Forest Golf Club.

The huge ancient oak trees had easily soaked up any overnight rain and the course was playing extremely well. Even the sun came out to play in the middle of the day.
Chorley Golf Clubs’ Simon Taylor enjoyed the Cheshire climate ‘It’s like playing on the Mediterranean here compared to the frozen North where we’ve just come from.’ Said the Lancastrian.

‘That course was superb for any the time of the year, never mind March’ said Andy Sandham

‘Those greens were really fast, and so true!’ Observed Barney Ross. ‘Brilliant’ He added.

Thanks to Head Pro Paul Dennis, all the excellent greens staff and Clubhouse staff for your five star service- this is a terrific venue.

Chris Grange(22) is a great bloke but after spending this Winter looking at you tube videos he has got a few new swing thoughts. ‘I’m thinking of five things to do on my backswing but I’m only working on three positions on the downswing so it’s getting there’. Good luck this year Chris but if you want my advice I think you need to concentrate on your follow through, and remember, try not to forget about your transition either.

I went on the golf course late in the day to pick up the Nearest the Pin markers and I didn’t realise what an intelligent golfer Tony Evans was. On the 10th hole I saw his team mates hit drives well over 200 yards to leave tricky wedge shots off a tightly cut fairway. Tony decided to top his driver just 50 yards in order to have a full second shot. Good thinking Tony.

In today’s event scoring was always going to be good on the shortened course and excellent putting surfaces. Mike Savage’s ball disappeared into the hole like a homesick mole and he was surprised and delighted to score four points for his team on the first hole. Mike should have gone home himself as he never appeared on the card again for the rest of the round.

Accrington’s Trevor Foster (+1) has not swung a club for two months but he guided his team into 3rd place with 88 points. Charismatic Adam Thompson(11) Matt Mortimer(13) and Pete Houston (13) all contributed well.

Ex Fire Officer Phil Mayers(10) extinguished any doubts about the quality of his golf with a personal best SIX gross birdies as his team finished in second place with 90 points. ‘That’s the best round of my life!’ said the likeable Lancastrian. Anthony Wilson(11) and Pete Ledger(17) also played great golf. Dale Beaghan(11) marked the scorecard.

After last weeks’ International Womens Day we had our first female winner for nearly a year when Dr Alison Shipston (15) helped her High Legh team take the honours. Five pars on her front nine got the team going. John Hunt(18), James Shipston(10) and James Brown(14) completed the team. I asked James Brown if he enjoyed winning today:
‘I feel good, I knew that I would’. He replied

Thanks so much to everyone for your support and 100% attendance. I hope you enjoyed your golf, Tim

Nearest the Pin 8th Ed Wilkinson Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin in 2 on 18th hole John Pratt Dozen AD333s
2’s £180 4 pro v1s or 10 Srixons Brian Greenbank Barney Ross Iain Bartholomew Ed Wilkinson Paul Fell Paul Evans Sam Garnett Mark Robinson Chris Hayes Trevor Foster x2 Pete Houston Matt Mortimer Phil Mayers Chris Duckworth Steve Shepherdson

Dunham Forest 15-Dec-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 John Hunt, Alison Shipston, James Shipston, James Brown 91 12 FJ hydrolite Shoes each
2 Pete Ledger, Anthony Wilson, Phil Mayers, Dale Beaghan 90 10 Maxitours suit carrier each
3 Trevor Foster, Matt Mortimer, Adam Thompson, Pete Houston 88 8 FJ shirt each
4 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Mike Lowe, Tony Hereford 87 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Chris McKellor, Mike Hillman, Gary Rushton, Mark Robinson 87 4 Pro quip shirt each
6 Roy Ainsworth, Barrie Simpsion, Mike Verdon, John Morgan 86 2 Maxitours cap each
7= Jim Caldwell, Peter Griggs, Pete Maxwell, John Kelsall 85
7= Martin France, Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Ed Wilkinson 85
7= Phil Vokes , Eddie Jordan, Paul Dalby, Barney Ross 85
7= Munro Donald, Frank Hindle, Nigel Clowes, John Farnsworth 85
7= Chris Adams, Jason Waite, Gary Butler, Steve Hall 85
7= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Mike Walker, Richard Taylor Carr 85
13 Les Russon, Steve Merricks, Simon Burgess, Rob Kenyon 84
14= Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Andy Sandham, Garry Bennell 83
14= Peter Maher, Gareth Bradley, Ian King, Joe Kirwan 83
14= Chris Brown, Andy Veitch, Peter Veitch, Matt Nelstrup 83
14= John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew, Simon Walton, John Pratt 83
14= Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly, Andy Wiseman, Mark Taylor 83
19= Garry Smith, Lee Murphy, Nigel Hallows, David Greenwood 82
19= Lee Baguley, Steve Aspinall, Barry Wilson, Greame Wilkinson 82
19= Roy Ainswoirth, Mike Verdon, Barrie Simpson, John Morgan 82
22= Brian Greenbank, Mike Wainwright, Dave Wainwright, Guy Levers 81
22= Simon Taylor, Keith Rigby, Colin Armstrong, Mike Savage 81
24 Sam Garnett, Dave Blease, Alan Vaughan, Rob Whittle 80
25= Trevor Webb, Steve Foxcroft, Tony Andrews, Terry Brookman 79
25= Keith Workman, Stuart Hardy, Keith Graves, David Plant 79
25= Dave Marchant, Bob Sinclair, Geoff Andrews, John Rigby 79
28 Karen Taylor, Phil Millward, Peter Bean, Matt Watts 78

Stockport start sheet
Monday 19th March
9.00 David Kelly x4
9.09 Colin Roberts x4
9.18 Ed Pysden x4
9.27 Simon Hemsley x4
9.36 Phil Vokes x4
9.45 Neil Drummond x4
9.54 Alan Baxter x4
10.03 Mike Stewart x4
10.12 Dave Bentley x4
10.21Dave Blood x4
10.30 Mick Mahon x4
10.39 John Hilditch x4
10.48 Lewis Marland x4
10.57 John Dickenson x4 .
11.06 Trevor Foster1 x4
11.24 Bob Ellis x4
11.33 Les Russon x4
11.42 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.51 Chris Adams x4
12.00 Paul Fell x4
12.09 Eugenio x4
12.18 Peter Maher x4
12.27 Alan Leigh x4
12.36Jim Clarke x4
12.45 Paul Benson x4
12.54 Steve Aspinall x4
1.03 Ian Hellens x4
1.12 John Wallis x4.
1.21 Richard Blackwell x4
1.30 Sean Bate x4
1.39 Paul Rudkin x4
1.48 Lee Tilley x4
1.57 Brian Hopkins x4

Ringway start sheet
Thursday 22nd March

1a Colin Roberts x4
1b Mike Stewart x4
2a Richard Blackwell x4
2b Richard Williamson x4
3 Peter Maher x4
4 Paul Evans x4
4b Paul Robinson x4
5 Chris Adams x4
5b Paul Fell x4
6 Mike Gray x4
7 Joe Yates x4
7b Martin France x4
8 Simon Wilkinson x4
9a Les Russon x4
9b Dave Blood x4
10 Jim Caldwell x4
10b Mick Mahon x4
11 Simon Hemsley x4
12a John Newton x4
12b Dave Blease x4
13 Lee Tilley x4
14 Simon Ashton x4
14b Roy Ainsworth x4
15 John Hunt x4
15b Brian Greenbank x4
16 Phil Vokes x4
17 Brian Hopkins x4
17b John Hilditch x4
18 Lewis Marland x4

Reserve P Ledger x4


Dear Maxitours player

Tomorrow’s event at Dunham Forest golf club is on

There are no restrictions except no buggies permitted on holes 7-11.

Try and carry if at all possible

Many thanks

Todays results from Prestigious Prestbury

Maxitours at prestigious Prestbury.

A stunning afternoon was the reward for the Maxitours players who made it through
the rush hour snow to play at lovely Prestbury Golf Club.
This special place keeps improving under Course Manager Mark Crossley and the greens look set to be superb once again for the coming season, thanks to Mark and all his men for their hard work.

‘I was so glad we went out- it was class -the greens were terrific ‘Admired Paul Dalby.
‘That was stunning’ Observed Jonny Barton.
‘It was lovely this afternoon – I even took my sweater off !’ Remarked warm hearted Dave Blood.

Richard the Michelin star rated caterer makes some of the best baps on tour and Club Manager David should be proud of all his friendly staff, they are great to work with. Thank you.

The forecast was mixed and it is always stressful trying to make the correct call whether to go ahead with the event or not. At 10.30am the golf course turned white after a heavy snow flurry but this cleared within 30 minutes and a warm and pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by all.

I knew it was going to be a long day when Phil McCurry picked up his scorecard and asked “ Tim, there are two teams on our tee – which one goes first team A or team B?”
Take a wild guess Phil.

It was great to see a couple of lady players (Mrs Deborah Fell and Mrs Alison Shipston) enjoying a Maxitours outing with their husbands on International Womens Day. They are both excellent golfers and played some great golf to finish well in the top half of the field although it must be said Paul Fells sweater looked like it needed a good iron.

On the golf course Jonny Barton lost his Wilson d200 Sand wedge but he isn’t bothered if anyone hands it in as he hasn’t hit a good shot with it for over two years.

British Football Executive David Gill(13) showed he is not just a very clever man when he made an eagle on the 8th hole to win some balls in the sweep. Well done David -lets hope England are as successful at this years World Cup.

At the top of the leader board Accrington’s Matt Mortimer(13) and Phil Mayers(11) battled through six inches of Lancashire snow to get out of their house this morning but it was worth it as they finished in 4th spot with 43 points. Denton nice guys Dave Collinson(6) and Ian George(7) had their best finish for years as they took third also on 43 points.

Pete Atherton’s(11) new hip hasn’t improved his swing as much as everyone hoped but he teamed up with talented Martin France(4) to take 2nd spot with 45 points.

Taking first place was Bramall Golf Club senior duo of Peter Maher(17) and Neil Higgins(12) These guys only entered late last night but picked up 25 points on their front nine and managed to hold it together on the tougher closing holes. Great golf chaps well played!
Thanks to everyone for your support, I am delighted you had a great day’s golf at last, Tim

Nearest the Pin 7th hole Louis Troalen Doz AD333s
Nearest the pin 17th hole Dave Mason Doz AD333s

2’s sweep 102.50 3 pro V1s or 8 srixons per 2
Martin France Roger Percival Paul Dalby x2Andy Stone Brian Hopkins David Gill Louis Troalan Pete Ledger Philip Watson

Prestbury 08-Mar-2018
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Peter Maher, Neil Higgins 46 12 Maxitours luggage bag
2 Martin France, Pete Atherton 45 11 Ashworth sweater each
3 Dave Collinson, Ian George 43 10 FJ Shirt each
4 Phil Mayers, Matt Mortimer 43 9 Sunice shirt each
5 Ian Bartholomew, Dave Mackey 42 8 Sunice shirt each
6 Paul Robinson, Bill Heywood 42 7 Maxitours shirt each
7 Steve Merricks, Simon Burgess 42 6 Maxitours shirt each
8 Tony Mullen, Dave Graham 42 5 Maxitours cap each
9 Ed Wilkinson, Roger Percival 41 4 FJ Socks each
10 Paul Gilbert, Matt Nelstrup 41 3 Maxitours bag towel each
11 Paul Browne, Steve Price 41 2
12 Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright 41 1
13 Craig Rae , David Gill 41
14= Dave Marchant, Dave Mason 40
14= John Hunt, Alison Shipstone 40
14= Paul Fell , Deb Fell 40
14= Nigel Ashton, Mike Lowe 40
14= Richard Blackwell, John Hilton 40
14= Koos Alders, Martin Cox 40
14= Gareth Bradley, Al Demmy 40
14= Paul Dalby, Barney Ross 40
22= Brian Hopkins, Niall Lynch 39
22= Brian Greenbank, Guy Levers 39
22= Pete Ledger, Mick Hardman 39
22= Neil Drummond, Andy Stone 39
22= James Shipston, Philip Watson 39
22= Chris Beaghan, Anthony Wilson 39
28 Mike Smith, John Jones 38
29= Rob Kenyon, Russell Humphries 37
29= Jim Hodges, Chris Whalley 37
31 Sam Leach, Jonny Barton 36
32= Dave Blood, Jim Cox 35
32= Joe Kirwan, Ian King 35
32= Dale Beaghan, Adam Thompson 35
35= Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton 34
35= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews 34
37 Louis Troalan, Robbie Brown 31
38 Neil Painter, Gary Bennell 30

Dunham Forest start sheet
Thursday 15th March
8.00 Jim Caldwell x4
8.09 Colin Roberts x4
8.18 Mike Stewart x4
8.27 Brian Greenbank x4?
8.36 Simon Hemsley x4
8.54 Phil Vokes x4
9.03 Martin Bramwell x4
9.12 John Hilditch x4
9.21 Lewis Marland x4
9.30 Mick Mahon x4
9.39 Martin France x4
9.48 John Hunt x4
9.57 Roy Ainsworth x4
10.06 Paul Fell x4
10.15 Dave Blood x4
10.24 Chris Adams x2 – 2 required
10.33 Karen Taylor x4
10.42 Les Russon x4
10.51 Simon Taylor x4
11.00 Rob Weston x4
11.08 Trevor FosterA x4
11.18 Jim Clarke x4
11.27 Keith Workman x4
11.36 Trevor FosterB x4
11.45 Dave Parsons x4
11.54 Dave Blease x4
12.03 Chris McKellor x4
12.12 Richard Major x4
12.21 Simon Ashton x4
12.30 Dave Sully x4
12.39 Richard Blackwell x4
12.48 Brian Hopkins x4
12.57 Lee Tilley x4

Lee Baguley x4
Paul Evans x4

Last months Wilmslow results

Maxitours at lovely Wilmslow

Wilmslow was the latest superb venue for the Maxitours Winter Schedule and the Head Green keeper did extremely well to keep this well draining course open after yet more heavy (unforecast) overnight rain. Thanks to everyone for your patience.

All the staff at Wilmslow are first class and their hospitality was up to its usual high standard today- thanks to everyone at this great Club.

There were a couple of new excuses for poor golf from my players today. Paul Lord is usually a great golfer but his average performance was blamed on a ‘Big night out in Rochdale’. His local football team held Spurs yesterday in the FA Cup to earn a replay trip to Wembley and the town went wild.
One (anonymous) regular had a poor round and when I asked him what was the matter with his golf all he could blame it on was: ‘Mother in law trouble.’

Tony Evans has a lovely wife Audrey who lets him play golf whenever and wherever he wants. Today he invited Audrey to came along as she wanted to see what she was missing each week. ‘There you go I told you we don’t enjoy ourselves’ he told her in the Clubhouse after his round.

Brian Greenbank’s team all missed the green on the 14th hole and they looked like dropping some shots. ‘I’d better knock this in then’ predicted Brian and promptly had a hole in one. Brian had to rush off but has asked me to let any Hale members know that the drinks at the Club are on him this week.
A mixture of temporary and full greens meant a shortened course so scoring was always going to be excellent.
Knutsford’s Jim Clarke(11) has been watching the Winter Olympics and he hit a ‘Curling’ putt in for a great birdie on the tough 12th hole. His partner Pete Booth’s(15) golf game has been going ‘downhill’ for years but even he played well today Mark Hagarty(14) and Mike Walker(5) have also been ‘skating on thin ice’ recently but they were delighted to ‘slide’ into the prizes.
Simon Hemsley(9) Dave Eastforth(8) Stuart Wilson (9) and Gareth Bradley (+1) were narrowly pipped into 3rd place on a card play off. They were delighted to earn some valuable Stuburt Order of Merit points.
Accrington’s Dale Beaghan(11), Matt Mortimer (13)Phil Mayers(11) and Anthony Wilson(11) travelled from ‘up North’ as they love Wilmslow and they were more than happy with 88 points and second place.
Taking first place was the likeable Birchwood quartet of Steve Aspinall(9), Alan Drew(6), Alan Simpson(13) and washing machine repair man Colin Berry(12). Colin has a delicate swing and was in a bit of a spin before he went out to play, he was delighted to be in the mix and he drained his fair share of putts today.
Thanks to all who played. It will soon be Spring-honest! Tim
Nearest the Pin 9th Iain Bartholomew Doz Srixon AD333
Nearest the Pin 17th Peter Veitch Doz Srixon AD333
2’s £170 3 pro v1s or 8 srixons per 2 Peter Veitch Dave Harlow Brian Greenbank x2 (hole in one) Ian Cole Mick Jones Steve Merricks Paul Dalby Bob Mottershead Paul Lea Mike Lowe x2 Tony Hereford Dale Beaghan Anthony Wilson Lee Tilley Mark Taylor Brian Hopkins

Dunham Forest 30-Dec-1899
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Alan Drew, Alan Simpson 89 12 Maxitours lined Merino sweater
2 Dale Beaghan, Matt Mortimer, Phil Mayers, Anthony Wilson 88 10 Ashworth sweater each
3 Simon Hemsley, Dave Eastforth, Stuart Wilson, Gareth Bradley 88 8 Sunice shirt each
4 Jim Clarke, Mark Hagarty, Peter Booth, Mike Walker 87 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Paul Dalby, Chris Cyprus, Barney Ross, Paul Sherlock 86 4 Maxitours towel each
6 Tony Jennison, Dan Moore, Iain Bartholomew, Dave Mackie 86 2 Maxitours towel each
7= Brian Greenbank, Dave Wainwright, Maike Wainwright, Guy Levers 85
7= Jim Caldwell, Bob Picthall, John Hulme, Peter Sumner 85
7= Richard Williamson, Dave Goodwin, Phil Robinson, Ian Flavell 85
7= Les Russon, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon, Simon Burgess 85
7= Bob Mottershead, Paul Lea, Rob Farnham, Paul Lord 85
12= Dave Blood, Jim Cox, Gary Bennell, Neil Painter 84
12= Martin Bramwell, Peter Veitch, Chris Brown, Dave Lomax 84
14 John Royle , Guy Hall , Dick Browne, Dave Allen 83
15 Lewis Marland, Neale Laurent, Nick Ford, Rob Laurent 82
16 Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle 81
17= Ian Hellens, Brian Yardley, Paul Robinson, Phil McCurry 80
17= Brian Hopkins, Mark Taylor, Mark Johnson, Liam Mann 80
19= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews, Dave Marchant, John Rigby 79
19= Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Tony Hereford, Mike Lowe 79
19= Simon Ashton, Mike Jones, Ian Cole , Ray Stringer 79
22 Paul Evans, Tony Evans, Andy Lawton, Audrey Evans 78
23= Bev Crute, Dave Bentley, Tony Andrews, Trevor Webb 75
23= Roy Ainsworth, Brian Ankers, Peter Heald, Steve Collier 75
25 David Kelly, John Atkin, Dave Harlow, Stuart Blake 70

Prestbury event on!

Dear Maxitours player,

The dry February and the fact that the Prestbury course drains extremely well todays event is going ahead despite the overnight rain.
Thanks to course managaer Mark Crossley and his team.

Yours in Golf