Maxitours at high quality Vale Royal

Maxitours at Vale Royal

Blue skies, a few fluffy clouds, a superb Clubhouse and a very high quality golf course brought back memories of Portugal. The chilly breeze reminded us that we are very much still in Cheshire in January.

Vale Royal rarely closes due to the sandy subsoil and well-built greens. There was never any danger that this gem would be closed today. The course continues to improve and is always enjoyable to play 12 months of the year.

Scoring was exceptionally close.
Three teams shared second place with 85 points. Cheshire senior Captain Gareth Bradley (+3), Ian King (5) fresh from his training week in Portugal, Joe Kirwan (7) and John Owen were 4th after the card play off.

The Bramall team of Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Steve Merricks and Rob Kenyon scored 47 on the back nine but finished 3rd after talkative Dave McDougall and his team matched them.

Landscaper Dave is a great bloke and did some work in my garden. I was shocked at his work rate. He is nearly 70 and was shovelling for 6 hours. I nearly dropped my newspaper. His fitness showed on the back nine as he picked up some valuable three pointers. Heswall’s retired solicitor Jim Rymer, Mike Dempsey and Pete Newey both from Fixby completed the second placed team.

Taking 1st place was the Alsager team of old Bob Sinclair(17), famous Staffordshire cricket umpire Dave Marchant(17), Ross Birch(9) and Charles Herbert(17).

These guys were teamed up last night after a couple of drop outs and a blend of youth and experience saw them home . Well played chaps.

Shock of the day was Jonny Barton winning nearest the pin.

Thanks to everyone for playing – I hope you had a great day.
Tim

Nearest the pin 10th Jonny Barton Dozen Wilson Duo
Nearest the pin 16th Simon Walton Dozen Wilson Duo
2’s sweep
£145 9 pro v1 or 21 srixon AD333 per 2
Sam Leach Jonny Barton John Hilditch Josh Street

Vale Royal 19-Jan-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Dave Marchant, Ross Birch, Charles Herbert, Bob Sinclair 86 12 Maxitours chill out top
2 Dave McDougall, Jim Rymer, Pete Newey, Mike Dempsey 85 10 Maxitours FJ shirt
3 Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks 85 8 Callaway Shirt
4 Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Ian King, John Owen 85 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Jim Caldwell, Bob Pickthall, Steve Perrett, Don Bailey 84 4 Maxitours bag towel each
6 Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mark Hughes, Ian Venables 82 2 Maxitours bag towel each
7 Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth 82
8= Andy Bennett, John Eccles, Nick Cook, Neil Worthington 81
8= Dave Goodwin, Phil Robinson, John Snape, Richard Williamson 81
8= Sam Leach, Chris Walley, Jonny Barton, Jim Hodges 81
11= Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Graham Davenport, Chris Lee 80
11= Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Gary Smith, Craig 80
13 Steve Foxcroft, Tony Andrews, Trevor Webb, Tim Anderson 78
14 Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Paul Yates, John Longworth 77
15 Dave Blood, Andy Sandham, Jack Meredith, Jim Cox 76
16= Mike George, Mark Clare, Graham Wright, Andy Southworth 75
16= Dave Monk, Bill Davies, Ken Booth, Barry Wilson 75
16= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Tony Insley, Rick Northover 75
16= Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Andy Mansfield, Ian Fensom 75
20 Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton, Dave Carlile, Neil Simpson 74
21 Josh Street, George Kerr, Norrie Irwin, Paul Salt 72
22 Richard Johnson, Nick Hargreaves, Phil Singh, Martin Prescott 71
23 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, GrHm Wilkinson, John Fitzsimmons 69

Fairhaven Start sheet
11am shotgun Tues 25th Jan
1a Mick Mahon x4
1b Steve Aspinall x4
2 John Hunt x4
3a Paul Fell x4
4a Martin Humphries x4
4b Kev Hart x4
5 Neale Laurent x4
6 Ian Hellens x4
7 Roger Percival x4
8a Richard Blackwellx4
8b Les Russon x4
9a Lewis Marland x4
9b Steve Marsh x4
10 Colin Roberts x4
11a Chris Adams x4
11b Dave Blood x4
12a Simon Hemsley

13 Ed Pysden x4
13b Adam Carolan x4
16a Dave Monk x4
17 Lee Tilley x4
18 Dave Goodwin x4
18b Simon Poucher x4
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Jimmy McEwan x4i
Garry Owen x4
Neil Edwards x4
Neil Drummond x4
Jules Hardiman x4
Dave Monk x4

Algarvian Classic Final round scores

Dear Maxitours players,

What a week!!!
I really, really enjoyed running this one.

Terrific weather, stunning golf courses and sixty brilliant clients.
‘They are the best greens I have ever putted on ‘ Declared loaded Phil Vokes after his final round at Quinta do Lago North -he has played all the top courses in the world.

Massive thanks to everyone for your integrity and being such a great group. Julie at Holidays 4golfers has also been outstanding and I highly recommend her services to all my players.

Everyones’ favourite Colin Roberts, Mike Tarrant, Paul Griffiths and big hitting James Wilson won todays daily event with a stunning 78 points. Cracking.

In the main overall event incredibly close scoring saw three teams sharing second place with some phenomenal last days golf.

We saw a charge from Kevin Harts team who were -9 for their first nine holes. They briefly took the lead before the enormity of the situation hit them and they battled home in 33 points to take 2nd place.

Dean McFadden shrugged off his toothache to see his team finish in 3rd position and the lovable Peter Roche Stockport team finished in a very credible 4th place.

Taking first place was Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton (heavy Ballesteros) and Andy Wright. These lads have enjoyed four previous Algarvian Masters trips but a win has always eluded them. They were overcome with emotion after victory today. Well played chaps – very popular winners indeed. They are pictured below on the 11th hole during todays round at Quinta North.

It is the presentation dinner tonight at the terrific Bovino restaurant. See you all at 6.15pm.

Finally, thanks to my lovely wife Suzy who lets me play golf and run these events. You are the best.
Safe travels,

Tim
Ps Any Maxitours players wishing to join the trip please let me know as spaces are already filling and I have already had enquiries from 3 new teams .

Algarvian Classic overall 16-Jan-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Andy Wright 236 12
2 Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycocks, Ian Fensom 230 10
3 Dean McFadden, John McAtee, Rick Phillips, Andy Mansfield 230 8
4 Peter McCulloch, Moby Rawthore, Chris Hammond, Peter Roche 230 6
5 Colin Roberts, Paul Griffiths, Mike Tarrant, James Wilson 221 4
6 Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Newil Worthington, Andy Bennett 215 2
7 Paul Dalby, Phil Vokes, Andy Lawman, Simon Wells 213
8= Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald 211
8= Chris Adams, Gary Butler, Gary Titchen, Martin Prescott 211
10= Gerry O’Keefe, David Mitchell, Paul Meehan, Nigel Muirhead 209
10= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 209
12= Phil Allan, Brian Fisher, Nick Barnes Batty, Steve Lomax 203
12= Mike Clewley, Mie Thomas, John Simmons, Bill Riordan 203
14 Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Barrie Simpson, Roy Ainsworth 192
Algarvian Classic final day scores 16-Jan-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1= Colin Roberts, Paul Griffiths, Mike Tarrant, James Wilson 78
1= Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycocks, Ian Fensom 78
3 Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Andy Wright 76
4 Dean McFadden, John McAtee, Rick Phillips, Andy Mansfield 75
5= Chris Adams, Gary Butler, Gary Titchen, Martin Prescott 74
5= Paul Dalby, Phil Vokes, Andy Lawman, Simon Wells 74
5= Mike Clewley, Mie Thomas, John Simmons, Bill Riordan 74
8= Chris Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Jim Clarke 73
8= Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Newil Worthington, Andy Bennett 73
10 Peter McCulloch, Moby Rawthore, Chris Hammond, Peter Roche 72
11= Gerry O’Keefe, David Mitchell, Paul Meehan, Nigel Muirhead 70
11= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 70
11= Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald 70
14 Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Barrie Simpson, Roy Ainsworth 67
15 Phil Allan, Brian Fisher, Nick Barnes Batty, Steve Lomax 62
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day 2 results

Maxitours Algarvian Classic Day 2

Blue skies and beige shorts was the order of the day in the second round of the Algarvian Classic on the stunning Laranjal golf course.
Everything about this place oozes class, the best range in the Algarve, best greens in the Algarve and possibly the best course in the Algarve.

Tournament leader Martin France and Lymm team were seen returning to their rooms at 9.30pm last night and the preparation paid off as they held on to their lead. Peter Atherton even had a salad.

In second place after a super 80 points is the aging Stockport team with Peter McCulloch, Peter Roche, Chris Hammond and Moby ‘two eagle’ Rawthore.
The Kevin Hart ‘b’ team is also playing well and move into 3rd also with 80 points today.

Mick Mahons team recorded 60 points yesterday- they were 21 shots better today and had a terrific 81.
Kev Harts Davyhulme team improved by 16 shots with a best of the day 84. Brilliant.

Our Final days competition is on the fabulous Quinta do Lago North course tomorrow. Range balls are once again provided and will be available an hour prior to your tee off time.

Thanks for being such a great group your integrity and class throughout the week is always appreciated
Yours in Golf,
Tim

Overall scores 15-Jan-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Andy Wright 160 Tomorrows tee time 11.28am
2 Peter McCulloch, Moby Rawthore, Chris Hammond, Peter Roche 158 11.20am
3 Dean McFadden, John McAtee, Rick Phillips, Andy Mansfield 155 11.12am
4 Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycocks, Ian Fensom 152 11.04am
5 Colin Roberts, Paul Griffiths, Mike Tarrant, James Wilson 143 10.56am
6 Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Newil Worthington, Andy Bennett 142 10.48am
7= Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald 141 10.40am
7= Phil Allan, Brian Fisher, Nick Barnes Batty, Steve Lomax 141 10.32am
9= Paul Dalby, Phil Vokes, Andy Lawman, Simon Wells 139 10.24am
9= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 139 10.16am
9= Gerry O’Keefe, David Mitchell, Paul Meehan, Nigel Muirhead 139 10.08am
12 Chris Adams, Gary Butler, Gary Titchen, Martin Prescott 137 10.00am
13 Mike Clewley, Mie Thomas, John Simmons, Bill Riordan 129 9.52am
14 Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Barrie Simpson, Roy Ainsworth 125 9.44am
15 Chris Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Jim Clarke 1 9.36am
Laranjal 15-jan-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycocks, Ian Fensom 84
2 Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald 81
3= Peter McCulloch, Moby Rawthore, Chris Hammond, Peter Roche 80
3= Dean McFadden, John McAtee, Rick Phillips, Andy Mansfield 80
5 Chris Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Jim Clarke 78
6 Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Andy Wright 76
7= Paul Dalby, Phil Vokes, Andy Lawman, Simon Wells 73
7= Colin Roberts, Paul Griffiths, Mike Tarrant, James Wilson 73
9= Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 72
9= Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Newil Worthington, Andy Bennett 72
11 Phil Allan, Brian Fisher, Nick Barnes Batty, Steve Lomax 71
12 Chris Adams, Gary Butler, Gary Titchen, Martin Prescott 69
13 Mike Clewley, Mie Thomas, John Simmons, Bill Riordan 67
14 Gerry O’Keefe, David Mitchell, Paul Meehan, Nigel Muirhead 66
15 Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Barrie Simpson, Roy Ainsworth 54

Maxitours Algarvian Classic

Maxitours Day 1 in the Sunny Algarve.

The sun shone down on the sixty Maxitours players at Laranjal golf course today. GLORIOUS!
A gentle sea breeze meant the course was playing tougher than usual and this was reflected in today’s scoring.

Leading the way was the Lymm team of Roger Percival, Martin France, Andy Wright and Pete Atherton. It is the 5th time these guys have played in this event and each year they have had a terrible first day. Today was different as they holed several long putts to lead by 6 shots. Pete Atherton is known as Heavy Ballesteros to his close friends as he enjoys his food and has a great short game. He holed a classy sand shot when the rest of his team were crumbling late in the round.

Knutsford’s Chris and Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson and Pete Ledger are looking dangerous in 2nd place after recording 79 -this despite dropping a shot on the birdie-able 18th hole.

The well spoken Stockport Golf Club team of Peter McCulloch, Peter Roche, Chris Hammond and Moby Rawthore are in 3rd place after a hard fought 78 – Rawthore had three 2’s on the tough par three holes.

Can the Percival team hang on to their lead???

Get to bed early guys. Moving day tomorrow.

Tim

Laranjal 14-Jan-2022
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Andy Wright 84
2 Chris Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Jim Clarke 79
3 Peter McCulloch, Moby Rawthore, Chris Hammond, Peter Roche 78
4 Dean McFadden, John McAtee, Rick Phillips, Andy Mansfield 75
5 Gerry O’Keefe, David Mitchell, Paul Meehan, Nigel Muirhead 73
6 Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Barrie Simpson, Roy Ainsworth 71
7= Colin Roberts, Paul Griffiths, Mike Tarrant, James Wilson 70
7= Allan Brown, Mike Brown, Newil Worthington, Andy Bennett 70
7= Phil Allan, Brian Fisher, Nick Barnes Batty, Steve Lomax 70
10= Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Dave Haycocks, Ian Fensom 68
10= Chris Adams, Gary Butler, Gary Titchen, Martin Prescott 68
12 Bob Eastwood, Ian King, Ashley Elliott, Peter Robinson 67
13 Paul Dalby, Phil Vokes, Andy Lawman, Simon Wells 66
14 Mike Clewley, Mie Thomas, John Simmons, Bill Riordan 62
15 Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Andy Faulkner, Munro Donald 60
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The Maxitours Algarvian Classic

Dear Maxitours players,

Just five days until the sixty lucky players tee off in the 7th Maxitours Algarvian Classic!

We have a really lovely group of golfers and the event is always played in a terrific spirit- I can’t wait.

My weather app is always a little on the optimistic side but the wall -to-wall sunshine looks set to continue for the next ten days-it is like a different world out here -brilliant!!

The golf courses are in superb condition so the three-day team event should be a cracker!

Can you please email team handicaps through ASAP as I am preparing the cards before your arrival.

There are some lovely restaurants for you to visit in the evening– I prefer traditional Portuguese ‘value for money’ establishments and enjoy eating in Almancil which is a 10 minute (7 euro) Uber taxi ride away -Butchers steak restaurant (set menu 35 euro is a cracker), O’Ribiero, Gamboa, Senor Frango are all excellent. Wealthier teams (ie Jim Clarke, Roger Percival and anyone who lives in Bramhall) will enjoy Parrilla Natural, Julias, Sandbanks or restaurants in trendy Vilamoura, fifteen minutes away by Uber (9 euro).

It feels really safe over here and the Portuguese are strict with mask wearing, restaurants all require seeing proof of vaccination on your phone.

I hope you have a safe journey.

Yours in Golf and Friendship,
Tim

Last days tee times will have teams going out in score order- leaders out last.

LARANJAL LARANJAL NORTH
14TH JAN 15TH JAN 16TH JAN
FIRST NAME SURNAME 09:36 – 11:28 09:36-11:28 09:36 – 11:25
ALLAN BROWN 9.36am 11.28am
MICHAEL BROWN
NEIL WORTHINGTON
ANDREW BENNETT
ROBERT EASTWOOD 9.44am 11.20am
IAN KING
ASHLEY ELLIOTT
PETER ROBINSON
KEVIN HART 9.52am 11.12am
PAUL YEARSLEY
IAN FENSON
DAVID HAYCOCK
DEAN MCFADDEN 10.00am 11.04am
JOHN MCATTEE
RICHARD PHILLIPS
ANDREW MANSFIELD
JAMES WILSON 10.08am 10.56am
MICHAEL TARRANT
COLIN ROBERTS
PAUL GRIFFITHS
ROGER PERCIVAL 10.16am 10.48am
MARTIN FRANCE
PETER ATHERTON
ANDREW WRIGHT
MICK MAHON 10.24am 10.40am
ANDREW FAULKNER
DAVID WESTWOOD
MUNRO DONALD
IAN GEMMELL 10.32am 10.32am
PETER MCCULLOCH
PETER ROACH
CHRIS HAMMOND
KOOS ALDERS 10.40am 10.24am
MARC MORRIS
BARRIE SIMPSON
ROY AINSWORTH
CHRIS ADAMS 10.48am 10.16am
MARTIN PRESCOTT
GARY BUTLER
GARRY TITCHEN
JAMES CLARKE 10.56am 10.08am
CHRIS CLARKE
PETER LEDGER
GRAHAM JACKSON
MICHAEL CLEWLEY 11.04am 10.00am
MICHAEL THOMAS
JOHN SIMONS
BILL RIORDAN
GERRY O’KEEFFE 11.12am 9.52am
DAVID MITCHELL
PAUL MEEHAN
NIGEL MUIRHEAD
PHILIP ALLEN 11.20am 9.44am
BRIAN FISHER
NICHOLAS BARNES BATTY
STEPHEN LOMAX
PAUL DALBY 11.28am 9.36am
PHILIP VOKES
ANDREW LAWMAN
SIMON WELLS