Maxitours at amazing Hopwood
Hopwood was presented in truly immaculate condition for todays event. This Harry Colt designed golf course just keeps getting better.
As I put the nearest the pin markers out first thing this morning there were deer munching on the lush rough, green woodpeckers floating across the fairways and a pair of pied wagtails bobbing up and down next to the 16th green. This place is a little oasis and only 5 miles from the centre of Manchester. Brilliant.
House manager Steve was really excellent to deal with and my players enjoyed his bacon butties and hospitality.
The food was tremendous but the portions were ridiculous. I could have fed my family for a week with my special black bean chicken lunch. Jeremy Capper ordered the fishfinger butty. When it arrived there were eight fish fingers in it. Eight! It could take a few years for North sea fish stocks to recover.
Everyone had an excellent day. Except for George Kerr.
He went home devastated.
First his team were pipped by a shot by rival fellow Heyrose member Norrie Erwan. Secondly, and much more upsetting for the Scotsman was when he lost his 2nd castle tee of the day after a frantic search on the 13th. ‘I’ve never lost two tees in one round before.’ Reported the shell-shocked Jock.
The 13th is one of the best par threes you will ever play. Garry Smith came into the clubhouse delighted with his shot that finished three feet away, ‘That will take some beating’ He observed.
Two groups later likeable Andrew Cox hit it to within 2 feet ‘ That will take some beating.’ The Lymm man told me.
Twenty minutes later Lee Tilley walked in –‘ I think I’ve got nearest the pin.’ Lee’s ball hit the flag and his ball came to rest less than a foot away from the pin. ‘I don’t think that will be beaten.’
Bromborough’s posh scousers Phil Gow, Mike Green, Mark Sanderson and Glyn Rankin travelled down the M62 and took third place with a solid 86 points.
Birchwood’s Simon Wilkinson, John Linsky, Dave Monk and Barry Wilson travelled less far down the M62 and were delighted with their 87 points to secure 2nd place.
Taking first place after more than a year without a win were the ever present team of Richard Blackwell(12), Ex-European table tennis champion John Hilton(14), Garry Smith(9) and Dave Greenwood(10). They narrowly won helped by picking up six points on the tricky 18th hole when other teams were faltering. Well played chaps, a great win on a great golf course.
Thanks to everyone for your 100% attendance today.
Yours in golf, Tim
Nearest the pin 13th Lee Tilley Doz AD333
Nearest the in 16th Joe Kirwan Doz AD333
2’s sweep £197.50 6 pro v1s or 14 srixons per 2.
Gary Smith Phil Gow Mark Sanderson Paul Fell Steve Aspinall Paul Salt John Backhouse Lee Tilley Nigel Uttley
|1||Richard Blackwell, Garry Smith, John Hilton, Dave Greenwood||88||12||Maxitours Chill out top|
|2||John Lynsky, Barry Wilson, Dave Monk, Simon Wilkinson||87||10||Dozen Taylor made TP5 each|
|3||Phil Gow, Mike Green, Mark Sanderson, Glynn Rankin||86||8||Callaway shirt each|
|4||Paul Fell, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe, Nigel Ashton||85||6||Callaway shirt each|
|5||Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson, Paul Woodbine, Phil Robinson||85||4||Maxitours cap each|
|6||Steve Aspinall, John Fitzsimmons, Barry Wellings, David Hughes||85||2||Maxitours bag towel each|
|7||Gary Phillips, Hugh Bilby, Jonny Reeves, Nigel Hall||84|
|8=||Munro Donald, Andy Faulkner, John Farnsworth, Dave Westwood||82|
|8=||Andrew Cox, John Cox, Norrie Erwin, Phil Young||82|
|8=||Lee Tilley, Pete Norbury, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes||82|
|8=||Nigel Uttley, Dave Bond, Tom Beavers, Gavinda Sehmi||82|
|12=||Neale Laurent, Mark Turner, Gareth Gwilliam, Dave Abram||81|
|12=||Tom Woollacott, Sarah Johnson, Jim Spears, Rick Howard||81|
|12=||Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Karl Marginson, Mark Foley||81|
|12=||Mick Jones, Simon Ashton, Phil Baines, Ian Cole||81|
|12=||Paul Salt, Les Penson, Chris Chidley, George Kerr||81|
|12=||Roger Percival, John Backhouse, Tim Blackshaw, Ed Wilkinson||81|
|18||Rob Platt, John Broomhead, Jeremy Capper, Tim Barstow||80|
|19=||Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Rob Kenyon, Hugh Bilby||79|
|19=||Jeremy Finch, Paul Tattershall, Mark Robinson, Alistair McCarey||79|
|21=||Martin Williams, Martin Bray, Mke Kulik, Simon Hartland||78|
|21=||Steve Smith, Trevor Roberts, Richard Cooper, Jonathon Oldknow||78|
|23||Ian Bullough, Neil Simpson, Brendan Lieghton, Dave Carlile||77|
|24=||Jim Clarke, Kevin McEvoy, Graham Jackson, Chris Clarke||76|
|24=||Chris Lee, Dave Allcock, Andy Duncan, Steve Jackson||76|
|26||CJ, Martin Bramwell, Peter Veitch, Dave Madely||75|
|27||Simon Hemsley, Mike Spencer, Ian King, Joe Kirwan||73|
|28=||Jack Coleman, Harvey Mattison, Steve Mattinson, Anthony Bloor||71|
|28=||Martin Humphries, Joyce Larkin, John Murphy, Paul Webb||71|
|30||Rob Sims, Jim Kenyon, John Acres, Tony Tighe||67|
Llangollen start sheet
Friday 7th Oct
9.00 Colin Roberts x4
9.09 Jim Caldwell x4
9.18 Dave Buckley x4
9.27 Dave Goodwin x4
9.30 Paul Fell x4
9.45 Paul Gilbert x4
9.54 Jack Coleman x4
10.03 John Hilditch x4
10.12 Martin Humphries x4
10.21 Neil Laurent x4
10.30 Jim Lindsay x4
10.39 Roger Percival x4
10.39 Peter McElkerney x4
10.48 Sam Leach x4
10.57 Jim Clarke x4
11.06 Steve Aspinall x4
11.15 Simon Poucher x4
11.24 Dave Monk x4
11.33 Gary Phillips x4
11.42 John Hunt x4
11.51 Kev Hart x4
12.00Dave Sully x4
12.09 Jimmy McEwan x4
12.18 Jimmy McEwan x4
12.27 Ian Hellens x4
12.36 Les Russon x4
12.45 Richard Blackwell x4
12.54 Gary Neiles x4
1.03 Ian Reece x4
1.12 RoyAinsworth x4
1.21 Jim Rymer x4
1.30 Pete Walters x4
1.39 Russ Sollitt x4
1.57 David Smith x4
2.06 Steve Parle x4
2.15 Bill Melia x4