Sandiway still on!

Maxitours Portugal event
* still room for 2 teams of 4 at superb Vilasol in January
* also room for 1 player in a lovely team if you want some winter golf!

Dear Maxitours player

Despite recent heavy rainfall the Sandiway event is currently on !

Brian the respected Sandiway head green keeper will do his best to get us on full greens especially as no rain is forecast from midnight.

However if the greens are still very wet at 8am we could be on temporary greens at a reduced rate of £20

A final decision will be made at 8.30 am and will be posted on my website

Thanks for your patience


results from perfect Prestbury

Maxitours at perfect Prestbury

(Apologies but the report is shorter than normal as I have a parents evening and Club Function to attend tonight.)

A crisp fresh November day greeted 100 Maxitours competitors at Prestbury Golf Club today.

When it comes to golf Dave Westwood usually doesn’t know what he is talking about but he got it dead right after his round today ‘that course is in remarkably good condition’ said the Blackburn man.’It was terrific out there!’

Everything about Prestbury is first class and many thanks to everyone at this great club for making us feel so welcome.

Again heavy overnight rain fell in this part of the country but the free draining Prestbury greens remained true and firm. Thanks to Mark Crossley who is talented enough to present tremendous playing surfaces all year round for Prestbury Golf Club members and guests.

John Farnsworth had a bad finish to his day, not only did he three putt the last green but he spilt some beer on the carpet. ‘I three putt regularly but I very rarely spill any beer’ said the fretful Mytton man ‘I’m absolutely devastated’

Mike Wainwright had a better day today. Last week he played badly, lost his wedding ring and got stung by a wasp. Today he just played badly.

In todays event:
James Shipstone(10) and Dennis O’Neill(11)won a card play off to take 3rd place and Brookdales’ Neale Laurent(12) made the most of a day without his regular partner Lewis Marland to team up with more talented Gareth Winston(10) and they took 2nd place with 43 points.
Taking first prize were Hale golf Clubs answer to the chuckle brothers – Andy(18) and Peter Veitch(10). These regular players are both lovely guys and their victory with 44 points just goes to prove that you are never too old to win.

Thanks to all who supported the event, Yours in golf, Tim

7th Nearest the pin Matt Nelstrup Doz AD333s
17th Nearest the Pin Nigel Compsty Doz AD333s
2’s sweep £122.50 3 pro v1s or 8 srixon AD333s

Graham Jackson Rick Ward Nigel Compsty Phil Hanson Matt Nelstrup Paul Dalby Trevor Foster John Brazier Neale Laurent Simon Poucher Iain Bartholomew

Prestbury 23-Nov-2017
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Andy Veitch, Peter Veitch 44 12 Sunice waterproof top each
2 Neale Laurent, Kevin Seaton 43 11 Thermal top each
3 James Shipston, Dennis O’Neill 42 10 Maxitours sweater each
4 Paul Fell, Paul Martin 42 9 Sunice shirt each
5 Richard Blackwell, John Hilton 42 8 Maxitours shirt each
6 Phil Maher, Gary Beaghan 42 7 Maxitours shirt each
7 Andy Burns, Neil Higgins 40 6 Winter mitts each
8 Barney Ross, Billy Blissett 39 5 Winter mitts each
9 Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton 39 4 Winter mitts each
10 Gareth Bradley, Jack Hankinson 39 3 Maxitours towel each
11 Chris Lister, Richard Ward 39 2
12 Dave Goodwin, Saj Hashmi 39 1
13= Phil Vokes, Paul Dalby 38
13= Brian Hopkins, Gary Bresnahan 38
13= Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson 38
13= Grant Vickery, Pete Houston 38
17= Pete Ledger, Dale Beaghan 37
17= Duncan Challen, Steve Hogg 37
17= John Hunt, Gary Vaulks 37
20= Munro Donald, Nigel Clowes 36
20= Martin Clarke, Mike Hanson 36
20= Trevor Foster, Nick Freeman 36
20= Dave Marchant, Dave Mason 36
20= Steve Blakeway, Mark Hazeldine 36
20= Phil Hanson, Dave Hanson 36
26= Nigel Ashton, David Cooper 35
26= James Eaves, Sean Bate 35
26= Graham Jackson, Jim Clarke 35
26= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews 35
30= Jim Caldwell, Nigel Compsty 34
30= John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew 34
30= Martin Bramwell, Matt Nelstrup 34
30= Mike Eaves, Dave White 34
30= Frank Hindle, Dave Westwood 34
35= Gerry John, John Brazier 33
35= Stuart Rickaby, Terry Hines 33
35= Ian Waddington, Andrew Norman 33
35= Joe Kirwan, Ashley Elliott 33
35= Alan Pengelly, Ross Birch 33
35= David Kelly, Stuart Blake 33
41= Dave Bentley, Richard Taylor Carr 32
41= Brian Greenbank, Dave Wainwright 32
41= Mike Wainwright, Guy Levers 32
41= Dave Shelmerdine, Graham Pike 32
45= John Atkin, Dave Harlow 31
45= Les Penson, John Buckley 31
47= Peter Cross, Geoff Fryer 30
47= Mike Savage, Keith Rigby 30
47= Gordon Brady , Matt Alcock 30
50 Dave Bowers, John Bent 29

11am shotgun Sandiway Tuesday 28th November

1a Colin Roberts x4
1b Jim Caldwell x2 Lewis Marland x2
2a Mick Mahon x4
2b Simon Hemsley x4
3 Phil Vokes x4
4a Trevor Foster x4
4b Dan Huffman x4
5bBrian Hopkins x4
6 Steve Aspinall x4
7a John Hilditch x2 Paul Fell x2
7b Ben Davies x4
8 Richard Blackwell x4
9a Brian Greenbank x4
9b David Kelly x4
10a Martin France x4
10b Les Russon x4
11 Dave Blood x4
12a Munro Donald x4
12b Gweneth Bramwell x4
13 Neil Edwards x4
14Peter Cross x4
15aSimon Poucher x2 Karen Taylor x2
15b Pete Birtwistle x4
16aJim Rymerx4
16b Lee Tilley x4
17a Dave Thomas x4
17b Steve Heywood x4
18a Sam Leach x4


Tom Butler x4 or 2

Results from fabulous Fairhaven

Maxitours at Vilasol- room for two teams of 4 and 1 team of three nice guys needs a fourth! Please contact me for more information on this great trip! 11th -15th January

Maxitours at fabulous Fairhaven

It was a murky start at Fairhaven Golf Club with a little bit of coastal drizzle in the air. The skies soon lifted and a really tremendous day was enjoyed by all.
The message on the Fairhaven website this morning was ‘Greens cut, holes changed and bunkers raked’ Thanks to all the green staff for preparing the course so well.

Fairhaven has been excellent throughout the season and you can see why this is such a popular venue for Open Championship qualifying each year. The catering was also terrific and my double bacon cheeseburger and chips didn’t touch the sides.

Golf manager Lindzi Stones is very efficient and great to deal with -thank you very much for all your work.

The build up to Christmas is well and truly underway with every second advert on TV being a festive four minute department store emotional epic. Big Andy Sandham loves his food and it is rumoured that he has also started his build up to Christmas this week. On Saturday night he opened his Christmas tin of quality streets and when he entered the bar after his round he asked the stewardess ‘Have you got any mince pies for sale yet’

Half Italian Mark Daniels was devastated as his beloved national side failed to make the World Cup finals this Summer. His team tried to cheer him up with a couple of one liners: ”what’s Gattuso mad?’ It’s not the end of the world you can still watch it on the tagliatelle’

Playing Conditions were perfect with immaculate greens and forward tees. It was clear that scoring was going to be excellent. Knutsford’s Trevor Webb (Spider to his friends) was having a good day by his standards and was enjoying the very playable course:’It’s easy out here, even John Horsley and I have had a birdie each’ said the likeable accountant when I chatted to him after nine holes.

Mike Stuarts’ (22) ever present Lancaster team didn’t have quite as far to travel as usual and they were delighted to finish 3rd with 89 points. Dave Stone(3) Fred Green (7)and Dave Thorley (12) made up the extra large team.

Bri Hopkins(4) and Alan Pengelly (13) are great fellas but they were 2 short this week so I teamed them up with Carl Kennedy(11) and talented scouser Ray Tennant(5). Ray used to caddy on the European tour for a couple of seasons. ‘Did he use all his experience to help you to stay focussed over the closing holes?’ I asked ‘Not really he just kept running around telling us to ‘Calm down! calm down!”

Winning with a terrific score of 91 points was Didsbury’s Chris Cyprus(11), Steve Latchford(9), Rob Andrew(7) and Barney Ross(4). Cyprus was on fire early in his round and he birdied three holes on the bounce for the first and probably only time in his career. The quartet picked up 48 points on the tougher back nine and then hung on to take first prize. Chris and Barney are top lads but with consecutive wins they see their handicap cut buy a further 2 shots each. ‘that’s the best I’ve ever played’ said a very happy Chris .

Thanks to all who played, reports about the whole venue were excellent – I am delighted you enjoyed your day.
Yours in golf, Tim

2’s sweep £150 3 pro v1s or 7 srixon Ad333s
Dave Thorley Fred Green Dave Stone Saj Hashmi Phil Hanson Dave Allen Mick Jones Roger Percival Neil Edwards Barney Ross Chris Cyprus Ian Appleton x2 Steve Aspinall Colin Berry Alan Drew Alan Pengelly

Fairhaven 14-Nov-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Barney Ross, Chris Cyprus, Steve Latchford, Rob Andrew 91 12 Ashworth Fleece each
2 Brian Hopkins, Carl Kennedy, Ray Tennant, Alan Pengelly 90 10 Sunice layer top
3 Mike Stewart, Dave Stone, Fred Green, Dave Thorley 89 8 Sunice shirt each
4 Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Tony Jennison, Chris Marshall 88 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Munro Donald, Gary Meakin, Phil Hanson, Dave Hanson 87 4 Pro quip shirt each
6 Simon Ashton, Richard Booth, Phil Wignall, Mick Jones 86 2 Maxitours bag towel each
7 Richard Williamson, Phil Robinson, Saj Hashmi, 86
8= Martin France, Roger Percival, Kevin Chisnall, Colin Baxendale 85
8= Koos Alders, Marc Morris, Barrie Simpson, Martin Cox 85
8= Neil Edwards, Geoff Ratcliffe, Dave Lee, Adrian Price 85
8= Dale Beaghan, Pete Ledger, Anthony Wilson, Chris Beaghan 85
12= Simon Hemsley, Garteth Bradley, Mick Jones, Phil Wignall 84
12= Steve Heywood, David Sully, Yash Turgot , Ian Appleton 84
12= Les Russon, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks, 84
15 Peter Maher, Charles Beadle, Martin Higgins, Russell Humphries 83
16= Dave Blood, Andy Sandham, Ian George, Jim Cox 82
16= Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Alan Drew, Alan Simpson 82
16= Pete Norbury, Rob Norbury, Dean Jagger, Nathan Mills 82
19 Dave Crowther, Bobby Emmett, Andy Kershaw, Dean Brady 80
20= Richard Palmer, Frank Hindle, John Farnsworth, Andy Faulkner 79
20= John Royle, Guy Hall, Dave Allan, Dick Browne 79
20= Paul Fell, Mike Lowe, John Williams, Nigel Ashton 79
23 Pete Birtwistle, Kenny Stephens, Barry Fell, Mark Wild 78
24 Ian Gemmell, Eric Roylance, Bob Coley, Peter Roach 77
25 Rob Weston, John Horsley, Trevor Webb, Tony Andrews 76
26 Peter Cross, Ian Waddington, Andrew Norman, Geoff Fryer 72

Nearest the Pin 10th hole Steve Aspinall Doz AD333s
Nearest the pin 17th hole Jonathan Lynch Doz AD333s

Prestbury Pairs start sheet Thursday 26thNovember

1a Colin Roberts x4
2a Pete Ledger x4
2b Mick Mahon x4
3 Jim Caldwell x2 Chris Lister x2
4 Peter Cross x4
5 Simon Hemsley x4
6a Phil Vokes x4
6b Brian Hopkins x4
7 Lewis Marland x2 Simon Poucher x2
8a John Hilditch x2 Richard Blackwell x2
8b Richard Williamson x4
9a David Kelly x4
9b Les Penson x4
10 Dave Blood x4
11a Dave Thomas x4
11b Paul Fell x4
12 Brian Greenbank x4
13 Gerry John x4
14a Bev Crute x4
14b Martin Bramwellx4
15 Munro Donald x4
16a John Hunt x4
16b Simon Taylor x4
17 James Eaves x4
18 Lee Tilley x4
Dave Bowers x4
Ray Tennant x1
Blackwell x2
Drummond x2

Results from wonderful Wilmslow

Fairhaven on Tuesday now FULL

Maxitours at wonderful Wilmslow

Wilmslow Golf Club is in tremendous condition at the moment as head green keeper Steve Oultram has hit top form this year. Wilmslow has been famous in golfing circles for many years as it is lucky enough to having the best teeing grounds in the country . Thanks to Steve the greens are now equally impressive . They were firm and smooth and were running incredibly fast for mid November. – Thank you.

Sam Fergusson actually hit his tricky downhill putt on the 17th further than he hit his tee shot on the 18th hole as he struggled to cope with the Augusta-like surfaces.

Simon and Karen in the Clubhouse were proudly awarded the honour of ‘Stewards of the year 2013’ and you could see why as they were great to deal with throughout the day. Maxitours regular Paul Dalby owns an excellent trophy shop in Northenden and his four ball recently voted Wilmslow GC ‘best bacon butty on the Maxitours circuit 2017’. Simon and Karen were delighted and amused to receive a small trophy off the Manchester man at the start of the day in recognition of their crispy bacon and fresh baps.

It is great to see players coming from all over Cheshire and the North of England to enjoy this great course. ‘Australian Dave’ also known by his English friend as ‘Skippy ‘ travelled over 2000 miles to play in Ben Davies’ team. Unfortunately ‘Skippy’ (named after the much loved kangaroo) lived up to his name and he spent most of his round in the Wilmslow bush.

Matthew Spence told me last week that he is trying to be more positive with his golf this Winter so I asked him how it was going when he checked in this morning:
‘My long game is still absolutely hopeless but I think it’s slowly getting better, once that improves I really need to practice my putting as I can three putt from anywhere. When I master the greens I can then focus on my chipping which is my real weakness ’.

In today’s event it was lovely to see Martin France(4) team up with his 20 year old son David(19) to take third place. Smooth swinging Ed Wilkinson (7)and Roger ‘possibly the 2nd best chipper(6) I have ever played within my life’ Percival completed the team. (Bernard Langer narrowly pips him if you were wondering)

Brian Greenbank from Hale surprised his family and friends with a great performance as the six handicapper completed his front nine in level par. Dave Wainwright(13) and Guy Levers (20) also contributed well but Mike Wainwright(18) should have stayed in bed. He failed to make a three pointer all day and then lost his wedding ring. Apart from that he had a lovely afternoon.

Taking the honours were the Didsbury men. These lads are lovely golfers who play in the true spirit of the game, they are also an excellent team. Phil Vokes(5) Paul Dalby (5) and Barney Ross(6) had 8 birdies between them and then 12 handicapper Chris Cyprus chipped in with his own birdie on the tough 2nd hole to get the juices flowing. Well played chaps great golf.

Thanks to everyone who played today- from the excellent feedback I am sure you had a great day.
Yours in golf, Tim

Nearest the pin 9th Stuart Rickaby Dozen AD333
Nearest the pin 17th hole Chris Walley Dozen AD333

2’s £177.50 9 pro v1s or 21 srixons per 2 Trevor Foster Phil Mahers Sam Leach Chris Walley James Eaves Dave Wainwright

Wilmslow 09-Nov-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Phil Vokes, Barney Ross, Chris Cyprus, Paul Dalby 87 12 Sunice thermal top each
2 Brian Greenbank , Guy Levers, Mike Wainwright, Dave Wainwright 85 10 Ashworth fleece each
3 Roger Percival, Martin France, Ed Wilkinson, David France 85 8 Dozen titleist nxt each
4 Brian Hopkins, Mark Taylor, Alan Pengelly, Gary Bresnahan 83 6 Sunice shirt each
5 Martin Bramwell, Chris Brown, Andy Vietch, Peter Veitch 83 4 Maxitours cap each
6 Steve Heywood, Yash Turgot, Ian Appleton, David Sully 83 2 Maxitours towel each
7= John Hunt, James Shipstone, Alison Shipstone, Peter Leonard 82
7= Trevor Foster, Pete Ledger, Phil Maher, Dale Beaghan 82
7= Roy Ainsworth, Malc Thornily, Peter Heald, Joe Yates 82
10 Kevin Seaton, Lewis Marland, Rob Laurent, Neale Laurent 81
11 Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Tony Jennison, Dan Moore 80
12= Simon Hemsley, Ian King, Gareth Bradley, Alan Demmy 79
12= Les Russon, Simon Burgess, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon 79
12= Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, John Buckley, Chris Walley 79
15= David Kelly, John Atkin, Dave Harlow, David Wilkinson 78
15= John Wallis, Mark Pasquill, Dave Tongue, Tony Green 78
15= Paul Gilbert , Matt Nelstrup, Colin Gillespie, Craig Rea 78
18= James Eaves, Toby Wright, John Evans, Darren Jones 77
18= Tony Roberts, Mike Savage, Stuart Rickerby, Keith Rigby 77
20 Simon Ashton, Richard Booth, Mick Jones, Dan Moss 76
21 Eddie Ellis, Ben Davies, David Hackett, Graham Aspinall 74
22 Paul Fell, Tony Hereford, Nigel Ashton, Mike Lowe 73
23 Richard Palmer, Frank Hindle, John Farnsworth, Munro Donald 72
24= Colin Roberts, Bob Sinclair, Dave Marchant, Jeff Andrews 71
24= Ian Hellens, Richard Greenhill, Brian Yardley, Bill Heywood 71

Maxitours at magnificent Mottram Hall

Maxitours at magnificent Mottram Hall

Another full field of Maxitours golfers enjoyed Mottram Hall in the first event of the Winter season.

The course is now one of the driest in Cheshire and everyone was raving about the quality of the greens . I really enjoyed working here in my younger days but things really improved at this venue when I left over ten years ago! Not only do they now have some great professional staff the course gets better and better and the bacon baps are right up there with the best on tour. Thanks to everyone at Mottram for your superb hospitality.

I don’t know where Nic Hercules has been playing his golf in the last two months but he optimistically turned up at Mottram Hall wearing a pair of crisp white pants, a bright white top and a pair of white patent leather footjoy shoes.
‘He looked like a scene out of CSI’ said playing partner Peter Bean. To be fair Nick still looked remarkably clean when he handed his card in after play.

The nights are drawing in but that’s the only drawing Martin Gavins team saw today as they sent three balls into the River Bollin off the 1st tee

Colin Lynch is cooler than the other side of the pillow and he looked like World Champion Lewis Hamilton as he raced into the Mottram Hall car park in his new ferrari California this morning. He spent plenty of time in the pits on the course however and limped his way back to Blackburn with just 69 points to his name.

Scoring was tough as the course was playing longer than usual and 78 points was good enough for a prize.

Taking third place with 81 points was Steve Aspinall’s(9) Poulton Park team They started on the 4th hole and played great golf but were devastated to collect just 2 points on their final hole when Alan Drew(6) was the only player to score. Graham Wilkinson(8) and Colin Berry(12) completed the quartet of nice guys.

Mike Stuart drove down the M6 with his Lancaster Golf Club team this morning and just made their start time. They started slowly off the 10th tee with 39 points on their front ninebut the fireworks were flying on the back nine as they collected 44 points to take 2nd place. David Stone(4), Fred Green(7) and Ian Waite (17) were the other likeable team members.

Winning today was Mottram member Richard Blackwell(12) and his high quality team. Richard is a great bloke and has a successful wine brewing business. Unfortunately like his fine wine he hasn’t travelled well this year . Today he had a vintage performance and made the most of home advantage to uncork his first win in 2017. John Hilton(13), Dave Lomax(6)and high handicapper Dan Moore(26) made up the team. Well played chaps great golf!

Thanks to all who played today, your support is appreciated.
Yours in Golf, Tim
Nearest the pin 3rd Phil Major Doz AD333s
Nearest the Pin 11th Alison Shipstone Doz AD333s
2’s £152.50 6 pro V1s or 15 Srixon AD333s Darren Forrester Richard Palmer Paul Wilde Barney Ross Yash Turgot Paul Lea Alison Shipston

Mottram 02-Nov-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Richard Blackwell, John Hilton, Dan Moore, Dave Lomax 85 12 Sunice waterproof top each
2 Mike Stuart, Fred Green, David Stone, Ian Waite 83 10 PGA Jacket each
3 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Alan Drew, Graham Wilkinson 81 8 Maxitours shirt each
4 Phil Vokes, Paul Dalby, Chris Cyprus, Barney Ross 80 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Gareth Bradley, Ashley Elliott, Jack Hankinson, Jack Mullen 78 4 Winter Mitts each
6 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Tony Ashton, Colin Bryan 78 2 Maxitours cap each
7= Jim Caldwell, Nigel Compsty, Peter Griggs, Peter Maxwell 78 Maxitours towel each
7= Graham Littler, Jim Doran, Pete Daniels, Alan Higson 78
7= Steve Heywood, Dave Sully, Ian Appleton, Yash Turgot 78
7= John Hunt, James Shipston, Alison Shipston, James Brown 78
11= Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle, Nigel Smith 76
11= Simon Hemsley, Ian King, Darren Whittaker, Dave Murphy 76
11= Chris Adams, Richard Johnson, Paul Wilde, Andy Oakes 76
14= Les Russon, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks, Simon Burgess 75
14= Pete Ledger, Trevor Foster, Peter Maher, Dale Beaghan 75
14= Nic Hercules, Karen Taylor, Peter Bean, Alan Pratt 75
17 Neil Edwards, Steve Woods, Paul Woods, Chris Bland 74
18 Brian Hopkins, Alan Pengelly, Mike Powell, Mark Johnson 73
19 Aaron Woodward, Phil Major, Bev Wilson, Nick Whitehouse 72
20 Dave Blood, Ian George, Jim Cox, Dave Collinson 71
21 Jim Rymer, John Dickenson, Rob Farnham, Paul Lea 70
22= Rob Hands, Stuart Roach, Simon Ellery, Colin Lynch 69
22= Dave Crowther, Bobby Emmett, Andy Kershaw, Dean Brady 69
22= Brian Greenbank, Mike Wainwright, Guy Levers, John Newton 69
25 Lewis Marland, John Hilditch, Kevin Seaton, Neale Laurent 67
26 Lee Tilley, Dave Sarsfield, Pete Norbury, Mike Norbury 65
27 Paul Evans, Tony Evans, Darren Forrester, Stuart Hibbert 64

Start times at Wilmslow
Thursday 9th November
1st tee
9.45 Colin Roberts x4
9.54 Phil Vokes x4
10.03 Mick Mahon x4
10.12 Simon Hemsley x4
10.21 Pete Ledger x4
10.30 James Eaves x4
10.39 John Wallis x4
10.48 Martin Bramwell x4
10.57 Simon Taylor x4
11.06 Paul Gilbert x4
11.15 Roy Ainsworthx4
11.24 Paul Fell x4
11.33 Simon Ashton 4
11.42 Lee Tilley x4
10th tee
9.45 David Kelly x4
9.54 Ben Davies x4
10.03 Brian Greenbank x4
10.12 John Hunt x4
10.21 John Hilditch x4
10.30 Lewis Marland x4
10.39 Steve Heywood x4
10.48 Martin France x4
10.57 Les Russon x4
11.06 Dave Blood x4
11.15 Gerry John x4
11.24 Sam Leach x4
11.33 Richard Blackwell x4
11.42 Brian Hopkins x4

Maxitours at very dry Dunham Forest

2 team Spaces at Mottram Hall – next Thursday- ‘The course is in excellent condition’

Maxitours at incredibly dry Dunham

Dunham Forest was once again in terrific condition for the latest Maxitours event.
The greens were like carpets and the huge ancient trees had soaked up any signs of recent rainfall to ensure a great day was had by all. Even Gary Holman who bought some shoes off me 11 months ago (and is desperate to make the most of his 12 month warranty like he did last year) couldn’t complain that his shoes were letting any water in as there wasn’t any to be seen on this great course.

The green keepers were out at 7.15am this morning preparing for us and they were still cutting grass at 6pm tonight – brilliant work. The high quality of the clubhouse staff and food make this a very popular venue for our players- thanks to all at the Club.

Cormack Henry made his debut today and although being an average golfer he is definitely the best ‘flautist’ ever to play on Maxitours. He plays his flute for the Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra. His team mate -the very posh scouser Rob Farnham -reckons that the favourite instrument on Merseyside is the violin as most Liverpudlians he knows are on the fiddle from a very young age.

Old Frank Hardy has worked hard on his mind game with his coach and has decided to have a more positive mental approach to the game this Autumn. He was soon back to his old grumpy ways after two lost balls and a four putt in his first three holes. ‘The only new leaf he ‘s turned over was when he was looking for his ball under that big oak tree ‘ chuckled playing partner Bob Norman.

I have played with Dave Goodwin and I can report that he is not one of the better bunker players I have seen, in fact he is one of the worst. Dave shocked his team today when he was in the sand on the 8th and asked for the flag to be attended . ‘He’s been watching too much golf on sky sports’ Phil Robinson muttered . Dave then chipped in for a two to silence his many critics.

The superb and receptive greens, firm fairways, shortened course and calm conditions led to the best scoring of the year, even Garry Dowdles’ team nearly got 80 points.

Steve Woods and Paul Woods played on the same team but they are eager to confirm that they are not related. They are both good ball strikers but struggle to stay in the fairway. It is rumoured that the phrase ‘can’t see the Woods for the trees ‘ originated from one of their team mates during a recent monthly medal. They weren’t in the trees today however and were delighted to finish in 7th place with Nigel Edwards and Jason Atherton on 85 points.

Leigh Golf Club handicaps travel well and Graham Littler (17)Jim Doran(11) Pete Daniels(19) and Chris Doran (15) took 4th place with 89 points. Chris is a teacher and making the most of his two week half term holidays, he will soon be off for a month at Christmas to work on his skiiing.

The Hale ‘A’ team as they like to call themselves took 3rd place on the card play off with 89 points. Brian Greenbank(6), John Kennedy(12) and the famous Wainwright brothers Mike(18) and David(13) all played excellent golf . Greenbank shot his best round of the year shooting a level par 72.

Runners up spot went to Wychwood Parks s Tom Butler(11) Darren Sumner(9) Gary Nixon(8) and Sean O’Connor. The par 5’s were reachable for the bigger hitters and Tom’s team picked up 7 shots on the two par fives on the back nine.

Winning their first ever Maxitours event after several years of bad golf was Leigh golf Clubs Tom Wallis(19), Dave Tongue(10), Mark Pasqual (11)and Tony Green(15). Mark Pasqual has a big recruitment business and he selected his team well today! -Congratulations on your excellent performance.
Thanks to everyone for your support , I hope you had a great round.

The Maxitours Order of Merit was won by Prestbury Golf Clubs Chris Adams who wins a limited edition Taylor Made Porsche designed putter. Ever present Martin France finished in 2nd and his good pal Pete Atherton finished in 3rd spot. Congratulations to all three on some great golf this Summer.

The Stubart Sponsored Winter Order of Merit starts at Mottram Hall next week and will run until April. The top ten in the Order of Merit will shootout for great prizes at Knutsford in the end of season event.

Nearest the Pin 8th Richard Williamson Doz AD333
Nearest the pin in 2 18th Ian King Doz AD333

Message from Paul Dennis – Dunham Head Professional ‘We offer a winter membership from November 1st to March 31st which allows unlimited golf for only £400. When you consider the standard of the course and how easily it copes with wintery conditions this represents great value.
As of today there are just 11 places available. If you are interested please email paul

2’s £212.50 4 pro v1s or 10 Srixons per 2.
Paul Woods James Shipston Steve Sutton Brian Greenbank Mike Wainwright Billy Rawsthore Pete Roche Graham Jackson Andy Oakes Richard Williamson Dave Goodwin Tony Jennison James Wilson Charles Beadle

Dunham Forest 26-Oct-2017
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 John Wallis, DaveTongue, Mark Pasqual, Tony Green 91 12 Sunice waterproof top each
2 Tom Butler, Darren Sumner, Sean O’Connor, Gary Nixon 90 10 Galvin Green shirt each
3 Brian Greenbank, Mike Wainwright, Dave Wainwright, John Kennedy 89 8 Sunice shirt each
4 Graham Littler, Jim Doran, Pete Daniels, Chris Doran 89 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Chris Adams, Steve Hall, Andy Oakes, John Kennon 88 4 Maxitours shirt each
6 Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Kevin Reeves, Chris Walley 87 2 Maxitours bag towel
7= Nigel Edwards, Steve Woods, Jason Atherton, Paul Woods 85 Maxitours bag towel
7= Lewis Marland, Neale Laurent, Kevin Seaton, Rob Laurent 85
7= Peter Maher, Russell Humphries, Charles Beadle, Martin Higgins 85
10= Martin Bramwell, Chris Brown, Andy Veitch, Richard Hogben 84
10= Richard Blackwell, Tony Jennison, John Hilton, Chris Marshall 84
10= Peter Hamlett, Gordon Hamlett, Gary Hempstead, Mike Lynch 84
13 Mike Gray, Dave Hough, Chris Foster, Pete Warburton 83
14= Pete Monaghan, Mark Perrin, Peter Ellis, Rob Fenwick 81
14= David Kelly, John Atkin, Dave Harlow, Stuart Blake 81
16= Roy Ainsworth, Peter Heald, Steve Collier, Malc Thornily 79
16= Garry Dowdle, Olivier Troalen, David Bigley, Steve Sutton 79
18= John Hunt, Alison Shipston, James Shipstone, Pete Leonard 78
18= Ian Gemmell, Chris Hammond, Bob Coley, Pete Roche 78
18= David Thomas, Jim Clarke, Richard T-Carr, Graham Jackson 78
21 John Stubbs, John Royle, Guy Hall, Dave Allen 77
22= Trevor Webb, Tony Andrews, Steve Foxcroft, Graham Collins 76
22= Ian King, Simon Hemsley, Mike Spencer, Marcus Green 76
22= Jack Coleman, Anthony Bloor, Mike Gauden, Steve Mattinson 76
25= Paul Evans , Tony Evans, Stuart Hibbert, Darren Forrester 75
25= Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle, Munro Donald 75
25= Jim Rymer, John Dickenson, Rob Farnham, Cormack Henry 75
28 Ian Hellens, Andy Yates, Bill Heywood, Paul Robinson 73

Mottram Hall AM AM Thursday 2nd November
11am shotgun start
1a Mick Mahon x4
1b Les Russon x4
2a Simon Hemsley x4
2b Phil Vokes x4
3 Steve Heywood x4
4a Greth Bradley x4
5 Barry Jackson x4
6 Dave Blood x4
7a Brian Greenbank x4
8 Jim Rymer x4
8b Lee Tilley x4
9 Chris Adamsx4
9b Lewis Marland x4
10a Brian Hopkins x4
10b Mike Stewart x4
12a Richard Blackwell x4
12b Rob Hands x4
13 Jim Caldwell x4
14 Paul Evans x4
15 Nic Hercules x4
16 Paul Fell x4
18a Dave Crowther x4
18b John Hunt x4