|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.
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.
In todays event perfect greens and not a breath of wind meant scoring conditions were ideal.
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.
Nearest the pin 8th Gary Whittaker Doz AD333
2’s £187.50 £5 pro v1s or 11 srixons per two
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
|*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!
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:
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
David Kelly x2 Scott Ryan Roger Parsons Brian Hopkins Martin France Paul Dalby Tom Dobbins
Dunham Forest start times Thursday 21st March
8.00 Colin Roberts x4
Course open today – looks excellent
Holes freshly cut
Bring on the sunshine !!
*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!
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
Dear maxitours player
Just had the club on Off !!! Sorry
|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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Nearest the Pin 2nd Dozen AD333s Jim Clarke
Fairhaven start sheet 12th March 2019
Vale Royal start sheet 15th March