Maxitours at superb Hazel Grove

Maxitours at superb Hazel Grove

A stunning Autumn day greeted Maxitours competitors at Hazel Grove. The links is a cracker with great views as it nestles between the Penine foothills and the Cheshire plain.
The course was playing exceptionally well considering we are less than two weeks away from the start of November- thanks to all the excellent Hazel Grove greens staff.

The Club is very forward thinking with and has the best young pro in the North in James Rowlands and they even have their own on site Golf specific Physio George Bresnahan whom I can highly recommend. The food presented by Martin Swindells is also top notch- are these the best toasties in Cheshire?

The new bypass had opened on Monday and everyone was delighted at the speed of the journey. A 40 minute trek for locals to Manchester Airport has now been reduced to a leisurely 15 minute drive which is good news for those travelling to future events in Stockport.

Mark Greening got a frosty reception when he got home late last night after his boys trip to Portugal and told his long suffering wife that he was playing golf today. He also got a cold reception at Hazel Grove this morning as freezing overnight temperatures led to the first frost of the year.

Richard Palmer has just bought a new ram for £1800 and he is hoping it will do the business with his Leicester blue-face flock of sheep this Spring. He nearly spent that much on a new set of Callaways last year but they have been firing blanks for the past twelve months. They failed to perform today and Richards impotent team scored a very limp 70 points.

Roy Ainsworth finally dropped Brian ‘Scrape the bottom of the barrell’ Ankers for todays event. He drafted in Pete Atherton from high flying Maxitours regular Roger Percivals team . When I asked Roy if the new signing played well Roy rolled his eyes. ‘He didn’t perform to our expected level. You have to take your chances at this level and Peter just hasn’t taken his. My team doesn’t settle for second best.’ Roy had to accept mid-table mediocrity once again.

Mike Wainwright told me that he was having a Seve Ballesteros day. ‘Did you have a magical short game?’
‘No I didn’t have a clue where my driver was going.’ Replied the likeable Hale man.

Robbie Williams from Stoke on Trent played today. It wasn’t the Take That legend but a much older less charismatic version. Unfortunately, this Robbie’s Greatest hits saw his ball slicing deep into the Cheshire woods.

Jan, Barbara, Margaret and Martin and all the volunteers in the Half way house did a great job looking after our guys today and raising a little for the Lady Captains charity. Thank you.

The best scores in todays event came in the last two hours of play. Alan Drew(6) and Alan Simpson(14) from Birchwood were teamed up with Heyrose duo Chris Chidley(13) and Duncan Cameron(14). The two Alans were on fire and Simpson recorded his first eagle for over 10 years to finish in 4th with 86 points.

Mellor and Townscliffe husband and wife team Simon(9) and Kaye(31) Conway took third place alongside Irishman Pat O’Dowd(18) and John Hitchenor(18). Hitchenor was hopeless on the front nine before spectacularly arriving on the scene when he holed his nine iron approach on the 12th. Simon played great as he was just one over par on his front nine.

It’s been a very long time since anyone asked for Don Campbell’s(2) phone number but Mike George’s(10) attractive wife Caroline(20) did today after the low handicap Scotsman joined them at late notice and had the round of his life. He helped the Sale team into second place after he made a birdie and a gross eagle on his two shot holes to pick up 9 shots. Chris Kelly(20) completed the quartet.

Winning today on a card play-off for their second win of the season was Mottram Hall’s Richard Blackwell(12), Tony Jennison(5) John Hilton(12) and Chris Marshall(12). Richard played with a friend of mine in an event at Helsby yesterday and he couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo but today he couldn’t miss. Funny old game.
Well played guys great golf.

Once again there was a 100% Maxitours attendance at this quality Cheshire venue- thank you very much for your reliability.
Yours in Golf,

Nearest the pin 2nd Tony Jennison Dozen AD333
Nearest the Pin15th Dean Jagger Dozen AD333

2’s £245 4 pro V1 or 10 srixon per 2
Gary Youall Steve Leavitt Dave Cooper Charlie Cunningham Jim McEwan Graham Davenport Mick Wain x2 John Hilditch Simon Poucher Bob Newcombe Steve Pullman Don Campbell Mike George Paul Woodbine Denis O’Neill Tony Jennison John Hitchenor

Hazel Grove 18-Oct-2018
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, John Hilton, Chris Marshall 87 12 FJ Chillout top each
2 Mike George , Caroline George, Don Campbell, Chris Kelly 87 10 Dozen Pro v1 each
3 Pat O’Dowd, Kay Conroy, Simon Conroy, John Hitchenor 86 8 Cutter and Buck shirt each
4 Alan Simpson, Alan Drew, Chris Chidley, Duncan Cameron 86 6 Cutter and Buck shirt each
5 Lee Tilley, Dean Jagger, Dave Rhodes, Dave Sarsfield 84 4 FJ Socks each
6 Nigel Hallows, Sarah Ormrod, Dave Greenwood, Ben Crompton 82 2 Maxitours scorecard holder
7= Rob Platt, Steve Morfitt, Carl Mollart, Gary Youall 81 Maxitours scorecard holder
7= Jim Caldwell, Russell Kaye, Andrew Aherne, Steve Barlow 81
9 Simon Ashton, Duncan Cocker, Chris Hayes, Joe Shelley 80
10= Pete Brown, Andy Yates, Paul Robinson, Phil McCurry 79
10= Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Tony Hereford, Dave Cooper 79
12= Ed Pysden, Ken Jee, Steve Levitt , Simon Moorhouse 78
12= John Hilditch, JP , Safari Dave, Steve Boland 78
12= Roy Ainsworth, Bob Newcombe, Pete Atherton, Mike Verdon 78
12= Bob Kwan, Steve Pinnington, Mark Richardson, Steve Lowe 78
16 Andy Hill, Adrian Waring, Tim Johnson, Mike Stewardson 77
17= Steve Heywood , Richard Wakefield, Graham Davenport, Anthony Clarkson 76
17= Neale Laurent, Alf Shillitoe, Paul Heap, Paul Butler 76
17= Dave Goodwin, Peter Briggs, Paul Woodbine, Rob Williams 76
20= Simon Hemsley, Garteth Bradley, Joe Kirwan, Ian King 75
20= Alison Shipstone, James Shipstone, Denis O’Neill, Pete Leonard 75
22= Simon Poucher, Brendan Lieghton, Terry Crewe, Tony Lowe 74
22= Kev Hart, Rob Hands, Paul Yearsley, John Buckley 74
24= Brian Greenbank, Guy Levers, Mike Wainwright, Dave Wainwright 73
24= Peter Maher, Charles Beadle, Rob Higgnbotham, Dave Kelly 73
26 Brian Hopkins, George Bresnahan, Mike Powell, Gary Bresnahan 72
27= Chris Adams, Paul Allen, Charlie Cunningham, Gary Butler 71
27= Simon Taylor, Keith Rigby, Mike Savage, Tony Roberts 71
29 Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle, Munro Donald, John Farnsworth 70
30 Dave Bentley, Nigel Utley, Richard T-Carr, Trevor Nicholson 68
31 Chris Gregory, Christy Beakley, John Oldfield, Mick Wain 67

Dunham Forest start sheet
Thursday 25th October
8.00 Simon Hemsley x4
8.09 Jim Caldwell x4
8.18 Colin Roberts x4
8.27 Ray Jones x4
8.36 Neil Drummond x4
8.45 Brian Greenbank x4
8.54 Ashley Elliott x4
9.03 Chris Adams x4
9.12 Martin Bramwell x4
9.21 Gweneth Bramwell x4
9.30 Peter Maher x4
9.39 Barry Jackson x4 later
9.48 Bev Crute x4
9.57 Mike Stuart x4
10.06 John Hilditch x4
10.15 Paul Fell x4
10.24 Lewis Marland x4
10.33 Mick Mahon x4
10.42 Paul Evans x4
10.51 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.00 Richard Blackwell x4
11.09 Roger Percival x4
11.18 Graham Littler x4
11.27 Jim Clarke x4
11.36 John Hunt x4
11.45 Sam Leach x4
11.54 Richard Williamson x4
12.03 Les Russon x4
12.12 Dave Sully x4
12.21 Dave Blease x4
12.30 Simon Ashton x4
12.39Brian Hopkins x4
12.48 John Wallisx4
12.57 Gav Dixon x4

Nic Hercules x2
Mike George x4
Tom Butler x4 1
James Mooney x4
Neil Edwards x4

Hazel Grove news!

Spaces available!
Still Room for 2 teams of 4 (or 2 players)

Dear Maxitours player,

Thursdays event at Hazel Grove is looking good with an excellent weather forecast all week.

For your information some of the tees have suffered from this summers’ heat wave and they have had extensive repair work so 8 mats will be in operation.

The Club have kindly let us play off a mixture of mainly white and some yellow tees on the remaining ten holes. I went to the Club last week and the fairways and greens looked excellent.

Entry fee will be reduced to £22.50

See you on Thursday!


Hazel Grove start sheet
Thursday 18th October

8.50 Simon Ashton x4
9.00 Colin Roberts x4
9.09 Jim Caldwell x4
9.18 Simon Hemsley x4
9.27 Ed Pysden x4
9.36 Brian Greenbank x4
9.45 Rob Platt x4
9.54 Mike Stuart x4
10.03 Dave Bentley x4
10.12 Richard Blackwell x4
10.20 Paul Fell x4
10.28 Chris Adams x4
10.37 Neil Edwards x4
10.46 Lewis Marland x4
10.55 Mick Mahon x4
11.04 Chris Chidley x2 Alan Simpson x2
11.13 Steve Heywood x4
11.22 John Hilditch x4
11.31 Chris Gregory x4
11.39 Simon Poucher x4
11.48 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.57 Kevin Hart x2
12.15 Simon Taylor x4
12.24 Ian Hellens x4
12.42 Mike George x4
12.51 Nigel Hallows x4
1.00 Pat O’Dowd x2 -Simon Conway x2
1.09 Peter Meyer x4
1.18 Simon Ashton x4
1.27 Dave Goodwin x4
1.36 Alison Shipstone x4
1.45 Brian Hopkins x4
1.54 Lee Tilley x4

Tomrrows event cancelled

Dear Maxitours player,

Considering tomorrows forecast Llangollen Club Manager Bob Hardy and I have decided to cancel the event. Please inform your team mates.

THE EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY- the day after the North Wales event. In addition to the daily prize there will be a two day prize for teams wishing to compete on both days.

I think this is the correct decision with 50 mile an hour winds and heavy rain forecast throughout the day.

My children will be eating gruel tonight.

Thanks to Llangollen -this lovely club have been great to deal with.

Yours in Golf,


Maxitours at marvellous Manchester Golf Club

Maxitours at marvellous Manchester Hopwood

Hopwood Golf Club just keeps getting better and better.
Thanks to Geraldine Connor for being so helpful in rescheduling this event at this five star Club.

Steve Flett is the House manager and one of the best I deal with -he really knows how to look after his customers- the hospitality here is absolutely brilliant.

I put the nearest the Pin markers out first thing this morning and the golf course looked terrific- the newly planted heather behind the bunkers looked great and the attention to detail from tee to green was superb.

Mike ‘Elvis’ Priestley was playing his first Maxitours event. I asked him if he enjoyed his day but he told me that he struggled in the bunkers:
‘‘I was caught in a trap
I can’t get out- Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh’’

There is never a dull moment in Andy Hale’s golf career. Today the ten handicap Wigan man turned up hobbling with a heavily bandaged shin. After a poor chip shot at the weekend he had swung his Pitching wedge in frustration and took a shallow divot out of his shin. ‘It could have been worse- my other wedge has less bounce!’

Nigel Ashton was brought up near Oldham. He looks like a Northerner, talks like a Northerner and eats like a Northerner. He was delighted to see them selling Black pudding flavour crisps behind the Hopwood bar and quickly ordered a bag with his pint. He enjoyed his refreshments so much he decided to have another pint :
‘It’s a long shot but have you got any pigs feet flavour crisps?’
‘No’ replied the bar maid.

Incredibly every team in today’s event scored more points on the front nine than the tough Hopwood back nine.

Third place went to the first mother and son combination to play Maxitours. Sarah(18) and Rob(4)Ormrod, John Delaney(5), and Dave Greenwood(12) all had a great day on the links and scored 86 points.

Top Manchester Solicitor Martin Keates(2) from Withington Golf Club and his less able team of Steve Marsh(6) John Owen(11) and Gary Smith(7) took 2nd with 86 points. Things must be quiet at work for Martin as he had an incredible 8 birdies on the stunning Hopwood course. The rest of his team were far more average.

Simon Hemsley(9), Ian King(7) Joe Kirwan(5) and Gareth Bradley(+1) have played in nearly every Maxitours event since its inception 14 years ago when I had flowing brown hair. They had their best ever score today with 90 points to win by four shots. Gareth Bradley had two eagles and even Ian King played well. Joe and Simon scored heavily on their shot holes. Well played chaps great golf!
The Bramall nice guys also won the overall two day event.- Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who played today, it was slightly moist at times but I still had lots of happy customers! Tim

Hopwood 15-Dec-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Ian King, Gareth Bradley, Joe Kirwan, Simon Hemsley 90 12 FJ Chillout top each
2 Steve Marsh, Martin Keats, John Owen, Gary Smith 86 10 Dozen Pro V1 each
3 John Delaney, Dave Greenwood, Sarah Ormrod, Robert Ormrod 86 8 Cutter and buck shirt each
4 Jason Waite, Steve Pinnington, Gary Butler, Steve Lowe 84 6 Maxitours Scorecard holder each
5 Paul Robinson, Les Shippen, Dave Waldron Kelly, Charles Waldron Kelly 84 4 Maxitours Scorecard holder each
6 Les Russon, Rob Kenyon, Dave Williams, Mike Priestley 81 2
7= Danny Ritchie, Andy Hale, Simon Stott, Ian Melling 80
7= Steve Lamont, Simon Wilkinson, Peter Gold, Adam Galvin 80
9= Barrie Simpson, Mark Morris, Koos Alders, Martin Cox 79
9= Dave Westwood, Frank Hindle, John Farnsworth, Richard Palmer 79
11 John Kilner, Tom Baker jnr, Tom Baker snr, Dave Smith 78
12 Nigel Ashton, Ken Jones, Tony Hereford, Ben Kinsey 77
13= Rob Hands, Colin Lynch, Stuart Roach, Arthur Holmes 74
13= Duncan Campbell, John Egerton, Eric Robinson, Ged Herbert 74
15 Ashley Elliott, Bob Eastwood, Dave Eadsforth , Peter Eadsforth 73
16 Peter O’Sullivan, Johnnie Dutton, Keith Riley, Graham Gornall 72
17 Mike George, Caroline George, Gordon Tilzey, Chris Iceley 71
18 Andy Leather, Pete Bainbridge, Jeff Jones, Mick Foster 69

Nearest the Pin 13th Ian King Doz AD333s
Nearest the Pin 16th Frank Hindle Doz AD333s

2’s sweep £90 13 PROV1s or 32 Srixons each
Martin Keates Danny Ritchie

Llangollen start times Friday 12th October
9.30Colin Roberts x4
9.38 Simon Hemsley x4
9.46 Jim Caldwell x4
9.55 Paul Robinson x4
10.04 Brian Hopkins x4
10.12 Barry Simpson x4
10.21 Neil Edwards x4
10.30 Paul Evans x4
10.39 Lewis Marland x4
10.47 Nigel Hallows x4
10.56 Simon Poucher x4
11.04 Ashley Elliott x4
11.13 Ed Pysden x4
11.21 Stuart Taylor x4
11.30 Steve Heywood x4
11.39 Les Russon x4
11.48 Steve Johnson x4
11.57 John Hunt x4
12.06 John Dickenson x4
12.15 Bob Mottershead x4
12.20 Denis Whelan x4
12.24 Paul Fell x4
12.33 Mike Sallabank x4
12.42 John Hudson x4
12.51David Smith x2Denis Whelan x2tbc
1.00David Smith x4
1.09Steve Parle x4
1.18Bernard Wood x4
1.27Chris Ernill x4
1.36 Gordon Warke x4
1.45 Simon Ashton x4
1.54 Dave Griffiths x4
2.03 Tom Baker x4

Maxitours results from perfect Prestbury

Maxitours at perfect Prestbury – Autumn Classic Day 1

Prestbury Golf Club was presented in its usual tremendous condition. Mark Crossley is recognised as the best greenkeeper in the North West and his team didn’t disappoint our players today- brilliant.

Last weeks’ greens at Helsby were heaven sent but Prestbury’s were also rolling fast and beautifully true at eleven on the stimp meter. Intelligent Martin Bramwell thought they were the best he had played on all year. Thanks to everyone at this great Club for a wonderful day.

Paul Evans is a great lad and has played Maxitours for the past five years. He has always had exactly the same 22 handicap as his seventy year old Dad over this period. When he checked in today he told me his Dad was still playing off 22 but he had crept up to 23. ‘I am so ashamed.’ Was all he could mutter.

Twenty years ago I played my one and only European Tour event and I was lucky enough to play a practice round with the legend that is Bernard Langer. In his pocket the perfectionist had a detailed aerial map of the course and a compass so he could work out the exact wind direction on the tree lined Slaley course. Before he went out Norman Rolt asked if there was a map on the scorecard. I was very impressed and asked if he was using it to work out the general wind direction. ‘No I want to know where the toilets are.’ He replied.

Team Manager Roy Ainsworth can sympathise with Jose Mourinho as he has lost total respect for his players. ‘They are all overpaid prima donna’s.’ He said of his team as they could only manage 73 points. ‘It took Brian Ankers nineteen holes to get the speed of the greens’.

In today’s event despite extremely pleasant temperatures and immaculate greens the scoring was the worst in Maxitours history. There were lots of reports of four and five putting from close range.
There was a card playoff for 4th place won by housewife favourite Colin Roberts(19) Geoff Andrews (20)and father and son Geoff (5)and Dave Marchant(16) who scored 77 points. Roberts had a new hip eight and a half weeks ago and is playing some miraculous golf in addition to his miraculous recovery.

Dave Greenwoods team took 6th and Martin Bramwells men took 5th place with both teams also on 77 points. Andy Veitch was in Martins’ Hale team and he told me that he left ten shots on the golf course- bad luck Andy…

Third place went to big hitting Charles Herbert(19) Ross Birch(9) Barney Ross(6) and Paul Dalby(5) The quality quartet only scored 2 points on the tough 18th when 4 would have been enough for victory.

The Romiley pair of Phil Roberts(5)and Steve Harrison(13) won the Clubs foursomes knockout at the weekend and they continued their purple patch by recorded a gross birdie and an eagle on the 1st hole for seven points. They then battled their way to 80 points to earn a Maxitours podium finish. Stockports Rick Davies(7) and Les Ross(13) completed the happy quartet.

Neil Edwards’ Ashton in Makerfield team took 1st place also with 80 points. They also had a great front nine recording 43 points but were hanging on by the skin of their teeth on the tougher closing holes to record a first ever Maxitours win. Adrian Price(15) Jimmy Shirley(12) and Jimmy McEwan(7) completed the delighted four ball. Well played chaps.

Thanks to all who played, I am sure you had a great day.
Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the pin 7th Simon Hemsley Dozen AD333s
Nearest the pin 17th Rick Davies Dozen AD333

2’s £175 4 prov1s or 10 Srixon AD333
Martin Bramwell Mike Baker John Lodge Richard Wakefield Ron Sloane Tim Spencer Tom Butler Brian Yardley Craig Rea x2 Tim Potter Jason Atherton Geoff Ratcliffe

Prestbury 4-Oct-2018
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Neil Edwards, Adie Price, Jim Shirley, Jimmy McEwan 80 12 FJ Chillout top each
2 Phil Roberts, Les Ross, Rick Davies, Steve Harrison 80 10 Dozen Prov1s each
3 Barney Ross, Paul Dalby, Ross Birch, Charles Herbert 78 8 Cutter and buck shirt each
4 Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews, Geoff Marchant, Dave Marchant 77 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Martin Bramwell, Peter Veitch, Andy Veitch, Matt Nelstrop 77 4 Maxitours Cap
6 Sarah Ormrod, Dave Greenwood, Matt Smith, John Delaney 77 2 Maxitours scorecard holder
7= Jim Caldwell , Bryce Brooks, Liam Pilkington, Russell Cash 76
7= Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Joe Kirwan, Ian King 76
7= Lewis Marland, Kevin Seaton, Alf Shillitoe, Nick Ford 76
7= Pete Cotton, Robyn Cotton, Neil Drummond, Andy Stone 76
7= Bill Haywood, Steve Blakeway, Alan Morris, Brian Yardley 76
12= Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright, Guy Levers, Richie Brewster 75
12= Nathan Evans, John Lodge, Lance de Bloc, 75
12= Geoff Ratcliffe, Tim Potter, Jason Atherton, Dave Parry 75
15 Tom Butler, Eddie Sterling, Sean O’Connor, Chris Dale 74
16= Jim Clarke, Richard Taylor Carr, Graham Jackson, Dave Bentley 73
16= Roy Ainsworth, Brian Ankers, Mike Verdon, Peter Heald 73
18 Les Russon, Paul Carroll, Clive Howlett, Rick Kershaw 72
19= Richard Wakefield, Steve Heywood, Ian Appleton, John Nuttall 71
19= Charles Taylor, Robyn Taylor, Kevin Moore, Elaine Hough 71
21= David Kelly, Dave Harlow, David Arthur, Stuart Blake 70
21= Paul Woodbine, Pete Keena, Phil Robinson, 70
23= Sam Leach, Kevin Reeves, Chris Walley, Jim Hodges 69
23= Steve Hogg, Duncan Challen, Dave Ross, Steve Baldwin 69
25= Munro Donald, Frank Hindle, Phil Hanson, John Farnsworth 67
25= Tim Spencer, Paul Higgs, Ron Sloane, Shok Mirza 67
27 Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton, Terry Crewe, Tony Lowe 66
28= John Newton, Joe Lauder, Mike Baker, Dave Lea 61
28= Craig Rea, David Gill, George Rowland, Jim McNearnay 61

Vale of Llangollen start times
Friday 12th October

9.30Colin Roberts x4
9.38 Simon Hemsley x4
9.46 Jim Caldwell x4
9.55 Paul Robinson x4
10.04 Brian Hopkins x4
10.12 Barry Simpson x4
10.21 Neil Edwards x4
10.30 Paul Evans x4
10.39 Lewis Marland x4
10.47 Nigel Hallows x4
10.56 Simon Poucher x4
11.04 Ashley Elliott x4
11.13 Ed Pysden x4
11.21 Stuart Taylor x4
11.30 Steve Heywood x4
11.39 Les Russon x4
11.48 Steve Johnson x4
11.57 John Hunt x4
12.06 John Dickenson x4
12.15 Bob Mottershead x4
12.24 Paul Fell x4
12.33 Mike Sallabank x4
12.42 John Hudson x4
12.51David Smith x2Denis Whelan x2tbc
1.00David Smith x4
1.09Steve Parle x4
1.18Bernard Wood x4
1.27Chris Ernill x4
1.36 Gordon Warke x4
1.45 Simon Ashton x4
1.54 Dave griffiths x4
2.03 Tom Baker x4

Results from high quality Helsby- space at Hopwood on Friday!!!

Next week- two great events!

Prestbury AM AM Thursday 4th

Hopwood AM AM Friday 5th – Spaces at this rearranged fixture on this superb course!

There is also room for 1 team who wish to play both days of the Autumn Classic.

Maxitours at high quality Helsby

Maxitours visited Helsby for the first time ever today and there were so many positive reports we hope to be back very soon!

Legendary course architect James Braid designed the front nine holes at Helsby which opened in 1936 and the course became 18 holes in 1968 when the tougher back nine opened. It has since matured into a real gem of a golf course.

Everyone at this lovely Cheshire Club was very friendly. Thanks to the caterers (the bacon baps were right up there with the best on the circuit) and to Head Greens keeper Peter Webster – one of the reasons I wanted to come to Helsby was because I had heard great things about the greens and our players were not disappointed today.

The feedback was tremendous:

‘That was in great condition’

‘The course was set up superbly- the pin positions were set up for a club championship -excellent’

‘Considering the summer, the course was remarkably good-it puts our course to shame’

‘I think the greenkeeper must have an had an argument with his wife- those pins were brutal!’

Roy Ainsworth loves his golf but the lovely Antrobus member has had a virus all week and he felt so bad that he had to walk in after nine. ‘I was ill before I teed off but to be honest the way the rest of my team was playing made me feel really poorly.’

Scruffy Barry Simpson left his cap at Ringway last month and he was delighted to be reunited with the smelly old item when I returned it to him today. ‘It has sentimental value.’ Claimed Barry. The cap seemed to have missed its owner as it made its’ own way across the table towards the Lymm man.

In today’s event there were superb conditions for a great score however the lightning fast greens and tucked away pin positions meant scoring was tough.

There was a Maxitours first when Harry Marsh blamed his poor golf on the fact that we crossed on the Clubhouse stairs before play ‘. ‘My Grandma always told me it would bring me bad luck.’

Dave Rhodes has been working hard on his course management. After much deliberation on the driveable par four 1st hole he sensibly took his 4 iron for safety. Unfortunately, he hit it straight out of bounds.

John Hunt(18) looked surprised with himself in the clubhouse after his unusually good round. He plays with a lovely couple- Dr Alison(15) and Dr James Shipstone(10) most weeks and they joined him again today. James or ‘Harold’ as he is known to his better friends were surprised to finish in 4th with 78 points. Liz Halliwell(14) completed the mixed team.

Jim Caldwell(11)was out in the second match of the day this morning and he looked disappointed when he handed his card in . ‘I think that will be in the middle of the pack.’ Estimated the multimillionaire however he overestimated the talent on show and will enjoy his supper tonight after reading the results and discovering that it was good enough for third place. Jon Hume(13) Dave Thomas(16) and Peter Griggs(15) w his talented partners.

Second place went to Bramall’s Les Russon(12) and his three pals who are members at Macclesfield Golf Club- Paul Carroll(20), Clive Howlett(18) and Rick Kershaw(22). Russon is in his sixties but still looks fit as a fiddle and he birdied the tough seventeenth before making a solid par on the 200 yard final hole to secure silver.

Winning today with a record low score of 81 points was newly retired Lewis Marland(14), Neale Laurent(12), Kev Seaton(5) and Josh Ainscough(2). After just 38 points on the easier front nine the team combined well to score 43 on the back nine to earn a first win of the year. Well played chaps.

I hope you have a great weekend watching the strong American team beat us in the Ryder Cup – if things get too bad you can always turn over and watch Jose Mourinho’s entertaining Manchester United get beaten by West Ham.

Thanks to all who played, I hope you had a great day.

Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the pin 6th Dave Greenwood

Nearest the pin 11th

2’s sweep £155 15 pro v1s or 32 Srixon AD333s per two

John Farnsworth Dave Greenwood Garry Parle

Bramall Park 15-Dec-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Lewis Marland, Neale Laurent, Josh Ainscough, Kev Seaton 81 12 FJ Shoes each
2 Les Russon, Paul Carroll, Clive Howlett, Rick Kershaw 80 10 FJ chillout top each
3 Jim Caldwell , Peter Grigg, Jon Hume, Dave Thomas 78 8 Cutter and Buck shirt each
4 John Hunt, James Shipstone, Aliston Shipstone, Liz Halliwell 78 6 Dozen Wilson soft feel each
5 Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Ian Appleton, Miles Chiltern 77 4 Maxitours shirt each
6 Simon Hemsley, Mike Spencer, Joe Kirwan, Ian King 77 2 Maxitours bag towel each
7 Sarah Ormrod, Dave Greenwood, Nigel Hallows, John Delaney 77
8 Jack Clarke, Mark Birtwistle, Rodney Barlow, Steve Parle 76
9= Mark Redfern, Paul Moulton, Mark Sharman, Iain Dowie 75
9= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews, Dave Marchant, Simon Maxwell 75
9= Adie Price, Mark Devaney, Dave Parry, Tim Potter 75
9= Peter Maher, Russell Humphries, Martin Higgins, Nigel Hall 75
13 Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Ed Wilkinson 74
14 Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, John Hilton, Dan Moore 73
15 Lee Tilley, Dave Sarsfield , Dave Rhodes, Pete Norbury 72
16 Brian Greenbank, Guy Levers, Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright 71
17 Neil Edwards, Steve Woods, Jim Shirley, Jeff Ratcliffe 70
18= Barrie Simpson, Peter Sinclair, Marc Morris, Martin Cox 69
18= Ian Neilson, Dave Smith, Alan Brough, Chris Ernill 69
20 Sam Leach, Kevin Reeves, Chris Walley, Jim Hodges 68
21 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Ian Venables, Ben Kinsey 67
22= Mick Mahon, Frank Hindle, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth 62
22= Mike Hill, Tim Ramsay, Malcolm Horner, Rob Hughes 62
22= Ken Ashford, Malc Sparke, Simon Richards, Steve Rayer 62
25 Steve Parle, Gary Parle, Peter O’Driscoll, Ken Swarbrick 60

Prestbury Golf Club start times

Thursday 4th October

9.10David Kelly x4

9.20 Colin Roberts x4

9.30Jim Caldwell x4

9.40 Simon Hemsley x4

9.50 Neil Drummond x2 Pete Cotton x2

10.00 Brian Greenbank x4

10.12 Martin Bramwell x4

10.21 John Newton x4

10.30 Nathan x4

10.39 Jim Clarke x4

10.48Lewis Marland x4

10.57 Tom Butler x4

11.06 Mick Mahon x4

11.15 Dave Sully x4

11.24 Simon Poucher x4

11.33 Tim Spencer x4


11.51 Paul Evans x4

12.00 Sam Leach x4

12.09 Les Russon x4

12.18 Duncan Challen x4

12.27 Challen x4

12.36 Duncan x4

12.45 John Hunt x4

12.54Ian Hellens x4

1.03 Craig Rea x4

1.12 Nigel Hallows x4

1.21 Neil Edwards x4

1.39 Richard Williamson x4


Hopwood start times

Friday 5th October


10.09 Ed Pysden x4.



10.36 Mick Mahon x4

10.45 Jack Coleman x4

10.54 Rob Hands x4 .


11.12 Paul Robinson x4.

11.21 Steve Marsh x4.

11.29 Chris Chidley x4

11.38 Nigel Hallows x4

11.47 Barrie Simpson x4

11.56 Paul Fell x4


12.13 Alan Brown x4.

12.22 Les Russon x4

12.31 Graham Littler x4


12.49 Mike George x4.

12.58 Ashley Elliot x4

1.07 Danny Ritchie x4.

1.16 John Kilner x4-


1.34 Peter Veitch x4

1.45 Steve Lamont x4.


2.03 Andy Leather x4.

2.12 Andy Leather x4.


Hopwood Cancelled Sorry!- rescheduled for 5th October

Great upcoming Autumn events

Thurs 27th Sept Helsby team of 4– 2 team spaces

Autumn Classic
Thurs 4th October Prestbury-now team of 4- full

Friday 5th October Hopwood team of 4- spaces

Friday 12th October Vale Of Llangollen team of 4 -full

*Thursday 18th October Hazel Grove 18th October team of 4 (Stockport are now doing greens work and are having us in November-sorry for any inconvenience) -spaces

Thursday 25th Oct Dunham Forest team of 4 -full

Thursday 1st Nov Mottram Hall team of 4-spaces

Dear Maxitours Golfer,

In view of the horrendous weather forecast tomorrows event has kindly been rescheduled by Hopwood Golf Club to Friday 5th October. You can go Christmas shopping with your wives tomorrow instead.

(I have an event on at Prestbury on 4th October so for teams already playing at Prestbury who wish to play both days there will be a two day prize also.)

Please let me know if you are unable to play in the rescheduled Hopwood event!

Yours in Golf,


New Autumn Classic times

Friday 5th October Hopwood

10.00David Kelly x4

10.09 Ian Waddington x4

10.18Simon Hemsley x4

10.27 Jim Caldwell x4

10.36 Mick Mahon x4

10.45 Jack Coleman x4

10.54 Bev Crute x4

11.03 Lewis Marland x4

11.12 Les Penson x4

11.21 Matt Cheffins x4

11.29 Chris Chidley x4

11.38 Nigel Hallows x4

11.47 Barrie Simpson x4

11.56 Paul Fell x4

12.05 Roger Percival x4

12.13 Rob Kenyon x4

12.22 Les Russon x4

12.31 Graham Littler x4

12.40 Chris Adams x4

12.49 Ron Slaone x4

12.58 Ashley Elliot x4

1.07 John Hunt x4


1.25 Ian Hellens x4

1.34 Peter Veitch x4

1.45 Steve Lamont x4

1.54 Steve Lamont x4

2.03 John Newton x4

2.12 Richard Blackwell x4

2.21 Simon Ashton x4

2.30 Brian Hopkins x4

2.39 Lee Tilley x4

2.48 Nathan Evans x4

Helsby times Thursday 25th September

10.00 Colin Roberts x4 tbc -possibly free

10.09 Jim Caldwell x4

10.18 Simon Hemsley x4

10.27 Mike Stuart x4

10.36 Lewis Marland x4

10.45 Mick Mahon x4

10.54 Brian Greenbank x4

11.03 Mark Redfern x4

11.12 Peter Maher x4

11.21 Matt Cheffins x4 tbc

11.30 Neil Edwards x4

11.39 Roy Ainsworth x4

11.48 Steve Heywood x4

11.57 Les Russon x4

12.06 John Hilditch x4

12.15 John Hunt x4

12.24 Roger Percival x4

12.33 Nigel Hallows x4

12.42 Barrie Simpson x4

12.51 Peter Maher x4

1.00 John Hudson x4

1.09 Richard Blackwell x4

1.18 Paul Fell x4


1.36 Steve Parle x4

1.45 Bernard Wood x4

1.54 Chris Ernill x4

2.03 David Smith x4

2.12 David Smith x4

2.21 Gordon Warke x4

2.30 Simon Ashton x4

2.39 Brian Hopkins x4

2.48 Ken Ashford x4

2.57Lee Tilley x4