Portugal event details released tomorrow!!

*Andy Greenbank the Preston professional has room for 3 teams at Preston on Friday in his Am Am – please contact him if you want to play this great course

Dear Maxitours players

Details of Januarys trip to Portugal are being released tomorrow. Room for 20 teams of 4!!

Great courses and great value.


Maxitours at Lovely Lancaster

Maxitours at lovely Lancaster

Maxitours players visited one of Lancashire’s finest golf courses today.

‘That is a great golf course !’ Declared Niall Lynch.
‘Lancaster! -What a brilliant venue!’ Announced knowledgeable Rob Kenyon.
‘Best Clubhouse I have ever seen!’ Reported Architect Francis Dean.

Thanks to everyone at this friendly Golf Club for making us feel so welcome. Even the Captain popped in to introduce himself and Niall (the steward) and his staff were really terrific with our guys today. The new Covid restrictions were in place, very safe and well thought out- well done Lancaster!

It doesn’t take very much to keep Dutch nice guy Koos Alders happy. He burst into the Clubhouse ‘Did you see zat shot of mine into ze eighteenf ole?
‘No, sorry’
‘I hit it to tventy von veet’
Well done Koos – zat is weally gut.

I was reading the sign by the clubhouse that warned people not to congregate in the area as you are in danger of being hit by a stray 18th tee shot. I was wondered why it was there as it would take a very wild shot to reach the Clubhouse- until I heard a little bit of rustling as Pete Ledger lined up his approach from under a nearby bush.

Can somebody tell Arthur Young that lockdown is now over and the hairdressers are open for business. I am not sure what he was struggling to control the most. His hair or his golf ball. Both were had a mind of their own after being buffeted by the North sea breeze.

Bryson De Chambeau has put on a few stone and is hitting the ball further. In an amazing coincidence Ed Wilkinson has also put on exactly the same amount of weight but he is actually defying the odds by hitting it a bit shorter than he used to. Incredible.

In todays event scoring was poor with nearly half the field failing to break par. Either conditions were tough or everyone is getting worse.

Simon Hemsleys Bramall team like going out first and they laid down a good marker with 82 points. Ian King(6) Gareth Bradley(+3) and Joe Kirwan (6) are all on good form.

This score led for much of the day before Mick Mahon(22) equalled it but had a superior back nine. Mick won his first event for years three weeks ago and then followed it up with last place. But he proved it was no fluke today as Richard Palmer(10) John Farnsworth (22)and Dave Westwood (18) all played well to take second on the card play off.

There was no sign of the wind easing and scores remained on the high side until the popular Antrobus Golf Club steward Dave Buckley(17) , Jim Spears(15) Pete Stewart(9) and Will Lancaster(2) came home in 44 points after an average front nine to score 83 points and take first place. .They picked up five shots on the closing three holes. Lancaster was on fire at Lancaster. The likeable young man had SEVEN birdies. Brilliant. Well played chaps.

Thanks for our 100% attendance. Terrific.

Nearest the pin 13th 5ft Gareth Bradley Doz AD333
Nearest the pin 18th Dan Cooper 4ft 6 inch Doz AD333

2’s £220 6 pro v1s or 14 srixons per 2.
Will Lancaster Mick Mahon Martin Humphries Phil Robinson Colin Bryan Jim Hodges Jonny Barton Paul Verdon Chris Adams Martin France Brian Ankers

Lancaster 6-Jul-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Dave Buckley, Jim Spears, Will Lancaster, Pete Stewart 83 12 Maxitours lined footjoy sweater
2 Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Dave Westwood 82 10 Maxitours lined sweater
3 Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Simon Hemsley, Ian King 82 8 Under armour shirt each
4 John McAtee, Neil Farrow, Paul Vernon, Andrew Mansfield 79 6 Under armour shirt each
5 Jim Caldwell, John Kelsall, David Laithwood, Peter Griggs 78 4 Maxitours cap each
6 Martin Humphries, Andy Hall, Dave Hest, Kieran McCarthy 78 2 Maxitours bag towel each
7= Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Mark Rowden, Graham Davenport 77
7= Simon Ashton, Mick Jones, Richard Booth, Phil Bains 77
9 Koos Alders, Russ Sollitt, Martin Cox, Marc Morris 76
10= Neale Laurent, Mark Turner, Gary Berresford, Cris Clough 75
10= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Jim Kenyon, Pete Ledger 75
10= Dean Jagger, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, Lee Tilley 75
13 Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Kev Seaton, Nick Ford 74
14= Richard Williamson, Paul Woodbine, Dave Goodwin, Paul Woodbine 73
14= Paul Fell, Mike Lowe, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan 73
14= Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Jonny Barton, Chris Walley 73
14= Mike Webb, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant, Dan Cooper 73
14= Les Russon, Steve Merricks, Rob Kenyon, 73
19 Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Paul Yates, John Longworth 72
20= Bob Eastwood, Mike Lamb, Ashley Elliott, Mark Clewley 71
20= Chris Adams, Phil Singh, Steve Hall, Gary Butler 71
20= Nigel Davenport, Martin France, Andy France, Ed Wilkinson 71
23 Steve Marsh, Steve Owen, Bri Hopkins, Niall Lynch 70
24 Roy Ainsworth, Adam Princep, Dave Hanson, Brian Ankers 69
25= Pete Fotheringham, Brad Grime, Tim Royle, Mike Priestley 68
25= Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton, David Carlisle, Chris Diggle 68
27= Ian Hellens, Stuart Birrell, Paul Hammond, Rihard Greenill 67
27= Barry Jackson, Derek Fortune, Dave Beavis, Steve Tate 67
29 Nigel Eckersly, John Phibbs, Graham Pike, Jeremy Lawton 66
30 Andy Bennett , Dave Powell, Matt Richardson, Steve Pullen 65
31 Nigel Uttley, John Rigg, Keith Edmondson, David Bond 64
32 Paul Higgs, Ron Sloane, Mark Saxon, Tim Spencer 59
33 Mike Kirchin, Darren Bridge, Jim Mott, Mike Wilkinson 58

Hopwood start times Thursday 16th July

10.00 Simon Hemsley x4
10.10 Colin Roberts x4
10.20 Rob Platt x4
10.30 Dave Goodwin x4
10.40 Lewis Marland x4
10.50 Mick Mahon x4
11.00 Steve Hall x4
11.10 Paul Gilbert x4
11.20 Jim Clarke x4
11.30 Martin Humphries x4
11.40 Rob Weston x4
11.50 Paul Fell x4
12.00 Martin Bramwell x4
12.10 Eddie Ellis x4
12.20 Andy Cox x4
12.30 Russell Sollitt x4
12.40 Ian Hellens x4
12.50 Roger Percival x4
1.00 Kev Hart x4 owes
1.10 Les Russon x4
1.20 Rob Kenyon x4
1,30 John Hunt x4
1.40 Dave Sully x4
1.50 Dave Buckley x4
2.00 Richard Blackwell x4
2.10 Neil Edwards x4
2.20 Neil Edwards x4
2.30 John Wallis x4
2.40 Gary Neiles x4
2.50 Bri Hopkins x4
3.00 Lee Tilley x4 tbc

Results from pure Preston

Event news:
Lancaster 6th July – full – superb clubhouse catering available
Hopwood 16th July- full
Lymm 21st July –venue changed to lovely Romiley– please let me know if you can’t play.(entries open for rearranged Lymm on 15th September)

Maxitours at pure Preston

Head greenkeeper Jonny Roberts is at the top of his game and he did a fantastic job to get the Preston course in amazing condition. The phenomenal greens were cut and ironed for our players. They were also incredibly fast considering the rain that has fallen. Other courses in the area were underwater but this class green keeper doesn’t know the meaning of a course closed sign- brilliant.

‘Those Greens were magnificent!’ Reported Cheshire senior Captain Gareth Bradley.
Regular player Andy Buckley announced that it was ‘The best course I’ve played in a while.’ His girlfriend gives birth next week so it will be the only course he will play for a while. Good luck Andy.

Registration for today’s event was in the driving range academy so I had the pleasure of working alongside head pro Andy Greenbank. He was great company and a huge help to me and my players. Thanks to a top, top professional.

Pete Dolans team had an impressive 14 putts between them on the first green to get their round of to a desperate start. Things didn’t improve very much throughout the day.

At the half-way house the superb sausage rolls were the talk of the day.
Paul Woodbine had a near death experience when a gust of wind blew the puff pastry back into his mouth just as he was taking a mouthful. It took him three holes to recover.

Kev Hart was cold, wet and famished when he reached the promised land of the half way house. He was just about to savour his first delicious bite into his warm sausage roll when it was snatched from his grasp.It was card payment only and his team just had cash. It started to rain a little harder on the unlucky Swinton man as he trudged hungrily to the tenth tee.

There were plenty of soggy scorecards handed in to me but retired policeman Andy Hall gave me an immaculate looking card. I don’t know how he did it. Playing partner Mick Fenton suggested that it could have been stored in his wallet which is known to be watertight.

There is no chance of Dave Knight getting corona virus. His damp waterproofs haven’t been washed for years so all his team were keeping at least thirty feet away from him throughout the day,

In today’s event two teams tied second with 81 points. Neale Laurents(15) Dukinfield team of John Harrop(11) Chris Clough(13) and Paul McDermott(14) had 44 on their front nine but fell away with 37 points on the back nine.

Ed Wilkinsons Lymm team had 37 on their front nine but an impressive 44 on the back nine to win the card play off. Ed’s golf has improved since he started eating an orange a day. Unfortunately for his waist line it’s a Terrys chocolate one. Roger Percival (5) Martin(2) and David France(18) were his team mates.

The Fixby Hall team took first place with 82 points. Mike Dempsey(12) had back to back birdies on the 11th and 12th holes. John Dickenson(18) Arthur Gray(12) and Pete Newey(14) completed the team. Well played guys.

Many thanks to everyone for your tremendous support today. I had just one team I know well cancel with a legitimate reason. Everyone showed their class – thank you very much this is really appreciated. I hope you enjoyed this great venue.

Nearest the pin 12th Mike Dempsey Doz AD333
Nearest the Pin 14th hole Martin France AD333s

2’s £210 3 pro v1s 8 srixon AD333
Dave Greenwood Munro Donald John Hilton Dave Cooper Gareth Bradley Charlie Bradley Darren Burgles Mike Dempsey Roger Percival x2 Martin France x2 Andrew Cox Lee Jackson Alastair Holloway Janet Heywood Donna Sully Josh Street

Preston 3-Jul-2020
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 John Dickenson, Pete Newey, Mick Dempsey, Arthur Gray 82 12 Maxitours lined footjoy sweater
2 Roger Percival, Martin France, Andy France, Ed Wilkinson 81 10 Dozen Taylor made tp5 balls
3 Neale Laurent, John Harrop, Paul McDermott, Cris Clough 81 8 Maxitours shirt each
4 Ian Hellens, Steve Blakeway, Norrie Irwan, Josh Street 78 4 Galvin Green cap each
5 Paul Fell, Dave Cooper, Mark Hughes, John Evans 78 2 Galvin Green cap each
6= Joe Kirwan, Gareth Bradley, Simon Hemsley, Charlie Bradley 77 Maxitours bag towel each
6= Gareth Winston, Gareth Kershaw, Barry Lees, Darren Burgess 77
8 Kev Hart, Paul Yearsley, Paul Vernon, Andrew Mansfield 76
9= Andy Hall, Don Milligan, Mick Fenton, Paul Brookshaw 74
9= Brian Greenbank, Nigel Jenkins, Guy Levers, Ian Ponter 74
9= Graham Littler, John Waterfield, Dave Watts, John Lamb 74
9= Andy Buckley, Mark Buckley, Dave Goodwin, Paul Woodbine 74
13= Colin Roberts, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant, Any Williamson 73
13= Nigel Curran, Steve Fairclough, Tracy Taylor, Liam Rex 73
13= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Dave Greenwood, Sarah Ormrod 73
16= Pete Dolan, Brian Hitchen, Jimmy Doran, Peter Daniels 72
16= Richard Blackwell, Mark Austin, Andy Hamlett, John Hilton 72
16= Munro Donald, Andy Faulkner, Nigel Clowes, Simon Raine 72
16= Gary Owen, Lewis Ramsden, Alaster Holloway, Mark Bone 72
16= Ste Woods, Dave Lee, Adie Price, Dave Parry 72
21 Pete Norbury, Dave Sarsfield, Dave Rhodes, Lee Tilley 71
22 Steve Marsh, Steve Owen, Gary Bresnaham, Bri Hopkins 69
23= Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, John Farnsworth, Dave Westwood 68
23= Dave Sully, Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood, Donna Sully 68
25 Steve Aspinall, Graham Wilkinson, Colin Berry, Barry Wellings 67
26 James Wilson, Steve Aspinall, Mike Tarrant, Steve Halliwell 65
27 Martin Cox, Andrew Cox, Pete Sinclair, Barrie Simpson 64

Lancaster Golf Club start sheet
Monday 6th July
Full catering available- please support these lovely caterers.
Superb breakfast rolls , sandwiches salads etc

10.00 Simon Hemsley x4
10.09 Colin Roberts x4
10.18 Jim Caldwell x4
10.27 Lewis Marland x4
10.36 Dave Goodwin x4
10.45 Neale Laurent x4
10.54 Mike Kirchin x4
11.03 Koos Alders x4
11.12 Mick Mahon x4
11.21 Chris Adams x4
11.30 Jim Clarke x4
11.39 Ian Hellens x4
11.48 Bob Eastwood x4
11.57 Paul Fell x4
12.03 Andy Cox x4
12.12 Tim Spencer x4
12.21 Roy Ainsworth x4
12.30 Sam Leach x4
12.39 Pete Fotheringham x4
12.48 Simon Poucher x4
12.57 Nigel Uttley x4
1.06 Roger Percival x4
1.15 Graham Pike x4
1.24 Les Russon x4
1.33 Dave Sully x4
1.42 Martin Humphries x4
1.51 Dave Buckley x4
2.00 Bri Hopkins x4
2.09 Kev Hart x4
2.18 Gary Neiles x4
2.27 Barry Jackson x4 in
2.36 Andy Bennett x4
2.42 Andy Bennettt x4
2.50 Lee Tilley x4
2.59 Simon Ashton x4

Prestron still on

Dear Maxitours player,

The Preston course is still open and playable so the event is going ahead

In addition to the 18 hole competition there will be prizes for scores after 9 holes

Thank you

Preston on

Dear Maxitours player,

Todays event is still on.
The excellent USGA Greens ensure the course is still open for play and the greenkeeper is very positive that they can take the current rain.

I will update the website again at 10 am

Yours in Golf, Tim