Results from stunning Dunham Forest

Maxitours at Dunham Forest

Dunham Forest was the latest high quality venue for Maxitours players to enjoy today. Despite recent heavy rainfall the glorious ancient oak trees had soaked up any excess water and the course looked superb.
‘I think these are the best green keepers on your tour!’ Announced Colin Roberts who always plays in the first match out in the morning.
‘Those lads were really grafting first thing this morning, mowing the greens, swishing the fringes and raking the bunkers!’ Thanks to David Lippiatt and his excellent greens team.

One Maxitours player told me that he had to pull out of the Caldy event next month as his divorce case was going through court case that day. He added ‘The day will be very upsetting for me, in fact I am devastated – I really like Caldy.’

The Ryder Cup pairing Donald (Munro) and Westwood (Dave) teamed up today. Luke and Lee were once number 1 players in the World but their golf games have both slumped recently. Munro and Dave have also mirrored their namesakes decline and they finished flat last in today’s event.

Staffordshire Father and son pairing Paul Evans and Tony Evans teamed up today. They played with Martin Sands and they also kindly introduced a new Maxitours player -Bob Evans.
‘He isn’t related, he’s just a friend.’ They explained. I wouldn’t be so sure there is only one road in and out of their home village of Alsager last time I went there.

In todays event perfect greens and not a breath of wind meant scoring conditions were ideal.
It was great to see Shrigleys Darren Whittaker(15) back in the prizes playing with Steve Marsh.(7) Richard Blackwell (12) and Dan Moore took 4th place also with 45 points.

Mellor and Townscliffe Captain Graham Davenport(9) started his year well with a third place finish alongside Ian Appleton(16) as they scored 46 points. Appleton made a superb birdie on the last and he didn’t care who he told about it. There were some random ladies heading in to the lounge for a bridge match and they had a blow for blow description of his 183 yard five iron approach shot. I nearly joined them for a game of bridge when Ian started talking me through his front nine.

Birchwoods John Linsky(18) and Simon Wilkinson(13) were second out this morning and they had the best round of their lives at Dunham Forest today with 47 points. John nearly holed his approach on the 15th hole and he told me that he had a tap in from a foot. I think it was even nearer as in my experience carpet fitters tend to exaggerate with their measurements.

Winning today was Koos Alders (14) and Terry Griffiths(21). Dutchman Koos was short of a partner yesterday before he teamed up with his old pal who was on holiday away from his native Cornwall. Koos was on the card the most but Terry had four point birdies on the 2nd and 12th holes to help the card along nicely.
Well played chaps- a great victory today!
Thanks for playing everybody. I hope you had a great day.

Nearest the pin 8th Gary Whittaker Doz AD333
Nearest the pin 18th Dave Greenwood Doz AD333

2’s £187.50 £5 pro v1s or 11 srixons per two
John Linsky Ian Appleton Darren Burgess Roger Percival Graham Jackson Ian Appleton Richard Johnson Chris Adams Peter Maher Steve Blakeway Paul Woodbine Niall Lynch

Dunham Forest 21-Mar-2019
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Koos Alders, Terry Griffiths 47 12 Galvin Green Bay windstopper
2 Simon Wilkinson, John Linsky 47 11 Callaway rain top each
3 Ian Appleton, Graham Davenport 46 10 Cutter and buck top each
4 Richard Blackwell, Dan Moore 45 9 Maxitours shirt each
5 Steve Marsh, Darren Whittaker 45 8 Maxitours shirt each
6 Jim Hodges, Chris Walley 45 7 Callaway Shirt each
7 Simon Hemsley, Ian King 45 6 Callaway Shirt each
8 Gareth Winstone, Darren Burgess 45 5 Maxitours Cap each
9 Bob Evans, Martin Sands 45 4 Maxitours Cap each
10 Dave Sayer, Darren Seaborne 45 3 Maxitours bag towel each
11 Gav Spencer, Gary Whhittaker 44 2 Maxitours bag towel each
12 Graham Ibbotson, John Broomhead 44 1 Maxitours bag towel each
13= Kev Hart, Jim Booth 44
13= Ben Kinsey, Nigel Ashton 44
13= Sean O.Connor, Henry Narroway 44
13= Sam Leach, Pete Mills 44
17= Ged Keary, Paul Waring 43
17= Roger Percival, Ed Wilkinson 43
17= John Hilton, Brian Fisher 43
17= Paul Evans, Tony Evans 43
17= Paul Fell, Dave Cooper 43
17= Dave Goodwin, Richard Williamson 43
23= Dave Wainwright, James Munnery 42
23= Joe Kirwan, Mike Spencer 42
23= Rob Platt, Steve Morfitt 42
23= Ron Sloane, Nev Salt 42
23= Mark Worsley, Ian Smethurst 42
23= Graham Wilkinson, Barry Wilson 42
23= Simon Poucher, Neil Drummond 42
23= Jim Clarke, Pete Ledger 42
23= Mick Gorrill, Nigel Hallows 42
23= Peter Maher, David Kelly 42
23= Ian Hellens, Richard Greenhill 42
34= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews 41
34= Phil Lockett, Dave Owen 41
34= Peter Dobson, Michael Holmes 41
34= Mick Mahon, John Farnsworth 41
34= Graham Jackson, Mark Hagarty 41
34= Saj Hashmi, Eddie Sterling 41
40= Dave Mason, Dave Marchant 40
40= Neil Coverly, Nark Rowden 40
40= Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry 40
43= Barney Ross, Paul Dalby 39
43= Brian Greenbank, Mike Wainwright 39
43= John Hume, Dave Thomas 39
43= Tim Spencer, Mark Saxon 39
43= Dave McGuiness, Brendan Lieghton 39
43= Richard Johnson, Chris Adams 39
49= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens 38
49= Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks 38
49= Paul Hammond, Norrie Irwin 38
52= Adie Price, Jim McEwan 35
52= Dave Westwood, Munro Donald 35

The Latest Stuburt Order of Merit and spaces at these great Upcomong events

Dear Maxitours player,
Make the most of this amazing weather!!
I have spaces in the following great events in the coming week:

Prestbury Thursday 28th
Mottram Hall Friday 29th
Stockport Monday Monday 1st April
Knutsford Singles Thursday 4th April

Then there are also 2 to 3 spaces still available for teams of 4 at these terrific venues!

Llangollen Friday 12th April
Galvin Green Classic at Helsby Thursday 18th April
Fairhaven Weds 24th April
Caldy Thurs 25th April
Vale Royal 10th May
Pleasington 16th May
Bramall Park 21st May
Worsley 23rd May
Romiley 4th June

Stuburt Order of Merit

Top 10 players after the Knutsford Singles event will play in the famous Stuburt shootout

Position Name TOTAL PTS
1 Joe Yates 59
2 John Longworth 48
3 Peter Atherton 47
3 Martin France 47
5 Graham Jackson 45
6 Steve Merricks 43
7 Paul Fell 40
7 Alan Forber 40
9 Jim Clarke 39
9 Mark Hagerty 39
9 Gary Neils 39
12 Rob Kenyon 38
13 Chris Adams 37
13 Simon Burgess 37
15 John Farnsworth 36
16 Pete Ledger 35
17 Steve Hall 34
17 Les Russon 34
19 Frank Hindle 33
20 Roger Percival 32
21 Gareth Bradley 30
21 Jim Caldwell 30
21 Charles Herbert 30
24 Dave Cooper 28
25 Guy Levers 27
26 David Kelly 23
26 Mike Wainwright 23
28 Richard Blackwell 22
28 Ian King 22
28 Liam Pilkington 22
28 Ed Wilkinson 22
32 Dave Greenwood 21
32 Neil Lingwood 21
32 Mick Mahon 21
35 Andy Bethell 20
35 Martin Cox 20
35 Martin Firth 20
35 Brian Hopkins 20
35 Gary Nilsoon 20
35 Richard Palmer 20
41 Dave Harlow 19
42 Jim Cox 18
42 Simon Hemsley 18
44 Gary Bresnahan 17
45 Geoff Andrews 16
45 Jason Atherton 16
45 Neil Drummond 16
45 Brendan Leighton 16
45 Colin Roberts 16
45 John Stockdale 16
51 Peter Griggs 15
51 Andy Oakes 15
53 Dave Goodwin 14
53 Jim McEwan 14
53 Don Milligan 14
53 Marc Morris 14
53 Dave Rhodes 14
53 Dave Sarsfield 14
53 Gav Spencer 14

Maxitours at Marvellous Vale Royal

*Spaces in the two day Cheshire classic at Prestbury and Mottram Hall (just £55) Thurs 28th and Fri 29th March*

*Still Room at rearranged Fairhaven Team of 4 on 24th April- the course should be terrific!!*

Maxitours at tremendous Vale Royal

As most other Cheshire golf courses were closing due to heavy overnight rain this was never going to be a problem at the best draining course in Cheshire -Vale Royal.

Maxitours players love this place and Vale Royal didn’t disappoint with hand mown greens and freshly cut holes. Thanks to head green keeper Justin Lee, his excellent reputation continues to grow- a top man!
Thanks also to Club Manager Ian Embury and his five star team who work so hard for us throughout the day.

Jim Caldwell had to get a late replacement late last night after the usually reliable Bob Picthall had his latest bout of gout. Bob has just returned from 6 weeks in Australia but the vast quantities of Australian shiraz he consumed is just starting to kick in.

Paul Gilbert emailed me yesterday afternoon asking me if today’s event was going to go ahead. I had to email back immediately to apologise and explain that my crystal ball wasn’t working at the moment. I did manage to predict that he wouldn’t come in the prizes and I got that one right.

The scoring looked pretty average throughout the day as a reflection of how tough this layout plays in a breeze. Alsagers Dave Mason(12) and Dave Marchant(16) were delighted with 42 points but just got pipped into 5th place on the back nine by Dave Cooper(15) and Paul Fell(4).

Taking the early lead was Damien Wasey(10) and Rob Fairhurst(22) from Lymm. Damien likes to keep this quiet but his favourite hobby is NEEDLEWORK!! The two friends patched together a good core. I asked them how they played after their round:
‘We knitted very nicely.’

Retired Joe Yates(14) and Gary Neiles(5) from Lymm have found some form lately as they took second place with a battling 43 points.

As the wind eased a little late in the day Wolstantons’ strange talking Dave Sayer(8) and Rob Bentley(12) took first place. Bentley only came in twice on the first 14 holes as his partner held things together before finishing strongly , the highlight being a par on the superb 17th hole.

Well played chaps. Thanks to everyone for your support today- I hope you enjoyed the very fresh air!

Nearest the Pin 10th Dave Sayer Dozen AD333
Nearest the Pin 16th Martin France Dozen AD333
2’s Sweep £157.50 6 Pro V1s or 14 srixons

David Kelly x2 Scott Ryan Roger Parsons Brian Hopkins Martin France Paul Dalby Tom Dobbins

Vale Royal 15-March-19
Pos Player pairings Score OoM Comment
1 Dave Sayer, Rob Bentley 43 12 Galvin Green Shirt each
2 Joe Yates, Gary Neiles 43 11 Maxitours sweater each
3 Rob Fairhurst, Damien Wasey 42 10 Stuburt quilt top each
4 Paul Fell, Dave Cooper 42 9 Stuburt quilt top each
5 Dave Mason, Dave Marchant 42 8 Stuburt quilt top each
6 Danny Clayton, Mark Taylor 41 7 Maxitours shirt each
7 Dave Goodwin, Mark Buckley 41 6 Maxitours shirt each
8 Brian Hopkins, Gary Bresnahan 41 5 Callaway shirt each
9 David Kelly, David Wilkinson 40 4 Maxitours bag towel each
10 John Hilditch, Iain Bartholomew 40 3 Maxitours bag towel each
11 Roger Percival, Ed Wilkinson 40 2
12 Martin France, Pete Atherton 40 1
13= Mike Lambe, Mark Clewley 40
13= John Owen, Gareth Bradley 40
15= Craig Dyson, Paul Cunliffe 39
15= Arthur Grey, Andy Moss 39
15= Sam Leach, Chris Walley 39
15= Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks 39
15= Paul Woodbine, Richard Williamson 39
15= Andy Moon, Barry Rigby 39
15= Alan Forber, John Longworth 39
22= Andy Stone, Daniel Dunn 38
22= Joe Kirwan, Al Demmy 38
22= Richard Blackwell, Peter Griggs 38
22= Roger Parsons, Norman Gordon 38
22= Lewis Marland, Paul Dickens 38
27= John Dickenson, Jim Rymer 37
27= Jim Hodges, Bob Chester 37
27= Dan Huffman, Pete Mellor 37
27= Les Russon, 37
27= John Pratt, Paul Smith 37
27= Peter O’Driscoll, Steve Parle 37
33= Neil Drummond, Pat O’Dowd 36
33= Scott Ryan, Matthew Wallwork 36
33= Pat O’Dowd, Neil Drummond 36
33= David Smith, Gordon Warke 36
37= Steph Hamilton, Steve Lambert 35
37= Mike Lowe, Nigel Ashton 35
39= Jim Caldwell, John Hume 34
39= Mark McGuire, Pete Warburton 34
39= Steve Gibbons, Dave Bentley 34
39= Russell Humphries, Ian Hazelwood 34
39= Lee Williams, Phil Collinson 34
44= Brian Fisher, Chris Wilkinson 33
44= Peter Maher, Martin Higgins 33
44= Munro Donald, Dave Westwood 33
44= Tom Dobbins , Chris Dykens 33
48= Barry Simpson , Pete Sinclair 32
48= Pete Birtwistle, Chris Bracchi 32
50= Dave Keen, Mike Fergusson 31
50= Mike Taylor, Ian Neilson 31
50= Mark Birtwistle, Steve Kenny 31
53 Bev Crute, Tony Andrews 30
54= John Johnston, Martin Oldfield 29
54= Ian Macklin, Vic Strata 29
56= John Atkin, Stuart Blake 28
56= John Farnsworth, Frank Hindle 28
58 Bill Melia, Jack Clarke 27

Dunham Forest start times Thursday 21st March

8.00 Colin Roberts x4
8.09 Jim Caldwell x4
8.18 Simon Hemsley x4
8.27 Phil Vokes x4
8.36 Rob Platt x4
8.45 Ged Keary x4
8.54Stuart Reynolds x4
9.03Brian Greenbank x4
9.12 Jim McEvans x4
9.21 Ron Sloane x4
9.30 Peter Dobson x4
9.39 John Hilditch x2 Lewis Marland x2
9.48 Dave Sully x4
9.57 Paul Fell x4
10.06 John Hunt x4
10.15 Dave Blood x4
10.24 Percival x2 -2 players req
10.33 Mick Mahon x4
10.42Steve Aspinall x4
10.51 Simon Poucher x4
11.00 Jim Clarke x4
11.09 Les Russon x4
11.18 Nigel Hallows x4
11.27 Jerry Salmon x2 Chris Adams x2
11.36 Tom Butler x4
11.45 Paul Evans x4
11.54 Sam Leach x4
12.03 Pete Maher x4
12.12 Ian Marchant x4
12.21Richard Blackwell x4
12.30 Koos Alders x4
12.39 Ian Hellens x4
12.48 Richard Willianmson x4
12.57 Brian Hopkins x4

Vale Royal still on and looking good- Fairhaven rescheduled!

*Great news- Fairhaven Wilson sponsored event now rearranged for Weds 24th April and is now a team of 4 event as well as an event on its own it will also be part of a two day links Classic with Caldy on Thursday 25th April let me know if you wish to play*

Dear Maxitours player,

Vale Royal are very confident that the event will go ahead tomorrow as no rain is forecast after 8am and the course has superb drainage.

My website will be updated at 8am for the later starters.

I coached all afternoon and it was very pleasant out there in the wind today!

There is room for pairs at 8.29am, 9.15am 10.48am and 1.12pm let me know if you want some fresh air on a great course!

Thanks Tim

8.20 David Kelly x4
8.29 Colin Roberts x2 – 1 pair required
8.38 Jim Caldwell x4
8.47 Simon Hemsley x4
8.56 Craig Dyson x4
9.06 Neil Drummond x4
9.24 John Dickenson x3 Andy Moss x1
9.30 John Johnstone x4
10.39 Mick Mahon x4
10.57 Steph Hamilton x4
11.06 Paul Fell x4
11.15 Brian Hopkins x2 Lewis Marland x2
11.24 Mike Gray x4
11.33 Peter Birtwistle x2 Dave Keen x2
11.42 Bev Crute x4
11.51 Dan Huffman x4
12.00 Pete Maher x4
12.09 Roger Percival x4
12.18 Sam Leach x4
12,27 Paul Gilbert x4
12.36 Barrie Simpson x2 Mike Lambe x2
12.45 Les Russon x4
12.54 John Hilditch x4
1.03 Paul Dalby x4
1.21 Richard Williamson x4
1.30 David Smith x4
1.39 Gary Parle x4
1.48 David Smith x4
1.57 Bernard Wood x4
2.06 Chris Ernill x4
2.24 Joe Yates x 4

Maxitours at Classy Conwy

Next weeks fantastic venues !
Fairhaven-Tuesday 12th March -spaces
Vale Royal Friday 15th March- spaces

Maxitours at Classy Conwy

A Blustery day saw nearly 100 windswept Maxitours golfers relishing the stunning challenge that is Conwy Golf Club.

The freshly rivetted bunkers looked in excellent condition and the fast running fairways are getting back to their very best. The superb greens were freshly cut and rolled and the holes were changed for our players today. -Brilliant.

New general Manager Matt Parsley is doing a superb job and is well on the way to establishing Conwy as the premier venue in Wales. Thanks to everyone at this lovely Club for your efforts today.
‘That was a proper test of golf-brilliant’ Oozed Dave Blood
‘The pins were tucked away- I think the green keeper had a row with his wife this morning!’ Observed Paul Dalby
‘I got blown away out there, but in a strange way I enjoyed it!’ Reported Barrie Simpson

Jonny Barton never gets a mention in my reports due to his average personality, average looks, average height and very average golf. He gave me a piece of paper to help me with my report after staying up all night thinking how he could get a mention.
‘Climatic day at cool, clearing, Curtis cup venue- Championship Conwy’ Thanks Jonny. You might get another mention in five years time or so.

Graham Jackson is very competitive but he hit some shorter than usual drives today. He was in the bar blaming his poor form on his recent weight loss. ‘How much have you shed?’ I enquired to the portly Heyrose man.
‘About 2 and a half pounds’ He replied proudly munching on a bag of KP peanuts.

Peter Freeman has no idea how to charm the tournament organiser. I haven’t seen him for a couple of years and the first comment he made after looking at me was:
‘I think your website picture needs updating.’
It’s a Shotgun start next week Pete- bring your hiking boots.

Peter Ledgers’ team were going well until they had to rely on him on the 14th hole. He was faced with a delicate chip over a bunker which was marked as GUR. His new nickname is OKE COKE as he went in and out of it three times before turning around and shaking his head all about.

The best scores of the day were from the early starters who missed the afternoon squalls.

Bramall battlers Steve Merricks(4), Les Russon(12), Rob Kenyon (13)and Gavin Spencer(16) were surprised and delighted to take 3rd spot with 79 points.

Wilmslow Jim Caldwell (11) Bryce Brooks (6) Russell Cash (6) and Liam Pilkington(12) all played well to score 82points but they were quieter than you would imagine after picking up just two points on their final hole to narrowly miss out on victory.

Paul Fell(5) has waited 8 months for a win and then he has two on the bounce. I watched Ben Kinsey(5) and Mark Hughes(8) both make birdies on the closing hole to leap frog into the lead. Dave Cooper(16) was their 4th player. Well played chaps – great golf in the breeze!

Thanks to all players for your attendance today.
Yours in Golf, Tim

Nearest the Pin 2nd Dozen AD333s Jim Clarke
Nearest the Pin 15th Dozen AD333s Neil Edwards
2’s £135 Ben Kinsey Neil Edwards Lee Smith Graham Wilkinson Colin Berry Chris Wrighton 6 Pro V1s or 14 srixons per two

Conwy 4-March-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Paul Fell, Ben Kinsey, Dave Cooper, Mark Hughes 83 12 Maxitours sweater each
2 Jim Caldwell, Russell Cash, Liam Pilkington, Bryce Brooks 82 10 Cutter and Buck top each
3 Les Russon, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon, Gav Spencer 79 8 Maxitours shirt each
4 Dougie Norman, James McNaughton, Rob Rolt, Bob Harrison 79 6 Maxitours shirt each
5 Alan Simpson, Steve Aspinall, Graham Wilkinson, Colin Berry 79 4 Maxitours bag towel each
6 Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Booth, Norrie Erwin 78 2
7= Graham Davenport, Janet Heywood, Steve Heywood, Ian Appleton 78
7= Paul Rudkin, Chris Wrighton, Craig Gorton, Mike Lomax 78
9 Mike Spencer, Gareth Bradley, Maria Spencer, Joe Kirwan 77
10 Colin Roberts, Mike Upton, Dave Marchant, Dave Mason 76
11 Ian Hellens , Nathan Pugh, Stuart Birrell, Brian Yardley 75
12 Ed Pysden, Steve Levitt, Richard Payne, Simon Moorhouse 74
13= Richard Blackwell, Paul Beeson, Keith Potter, Peter Freeman 72
13= Dave Harlow, David Kelly, John Atkin, Stuart Blake 72
13= Andy Sandham, Dave Blood, Michael Humphries, John Marchmant 72
13= Roger Percival, Martin France, Pete Atherton, Ed Wilkinson 72
17= Jim Lindsay, Andy Stapley, Alan Booth, Barry Simpson 71
17= Nigel Hallows, Barney Ross, Paul Dalby, John Hilton 71
19= Sam Leach, Chris Walley, Johnny Barton, Jim Hodges 68
19= Jimmy McEwan, Jason Atherton, Paul Woods, George Andrews 68
19= Simon Poucher, Ollie Tovee, Brendan Leighton, Andy Stone 68
22 Neil Edwards, Dave Lee, Tim Potter, Lee Smith 65

Fairhaven start sheet 12th March 2019
1a Mick Mahon x4
1b Ian Hellens x4
2 Les Russon x4
3a Steve Aspinall x4
3b Mike George x4
4a Duncan Challen x4
4b Dave Blease x4
5 Peter Dobson x4
6a Kevin Hart x4
6b Koos Alders x4
7 Steph Hamilton x4
8a Phil Vokes x4
8b Dave Sully x4
9a Munro Donald x4
10 Lewis Marland x4
11a Paul Fell x4
11b Dave Blood x4
12 Ian Hellens x4
12ba Paul Hitchen x2 Mark Hughes x1 Richard Brown tbc x1
13 Jerry Salmon x2 Richard Blackwell x2
14 Chris Adams x4
15a Paul Rudkin x4
15b Mike Tarrant x4
16 Dave Boltonx4
18a John Gallagher x4
Nigel Hallows x4
Colin Byrne x4 18

Vale Royal start sheet 15th March
8.20 David Kelly x4
8.29 Colin Roberts x4
8.38 Jim Caldwell x4
8.47 Simon Hemsley x4
9.06 Neil Drummond x3 – 1 player required
9.15 Phil Vokes x4
9.24 John Dickenson x4
10.30 Dave Blood x4
10.39 Mick Mahon x4
10.48 Lewis Marland x4
10.57 John Johnson x4
11.06 Paul Fell x4
11.24 Mike Gray x4
11.33 Peter Birtwistle x2 Dave Keen x2
11.42 Bev Crute x4
11.51 Dan Huffman x4
12.00 Pete Maher x4
12.09 Roger Percival x4
12,27 Paul Gilbert x4
12.36 Barrie Simpson x2 Mike Lambe x2
12.45 Les Russon x4
12.54 John Hilditch x4
1.03 Nigel Hallows x4
1.12 Brian Hopkins x4
1.21 Richard Williamson x4
1.30 David Smith x4
1.39 Gary Parle x4
1.48 David Smith x4
1.57 Bernard Wood x4
2.06 Chris Ernill x4
2.15 Steve Parle x4
2.24 Joe Yates x 4