Results from brilliant Bolton Old Links

Room at these great upcoming events:
2 teams at Vale Royal next Friday
Pleasington 16th – 2 spaces
Parkland Classic individual and 2 day events:
Bramall Park Tuesday 21st 2 spaces
Worsley Thursday 23rd 3 spaces

Maxitours at brilliant Bolton Old Links

Bolton Old Links’ Head green keeper Steve Hemsley and his class team were up at 5 o’clock this morning ready for their 6.30am start to get the course prepared for Maxitours. You can see why he enjoys getting out of bed so early- the golf course was fantastic!
‘There was not a blemish on those putting surfaces!’ Declared Paul Woodbine.
‘That was mint!’ reported the usually hard to please Mark Norton.
‘The greens are beautiful and fairways are in great nick also.’ Beamed Phil Robinson.

Thanks to everyone at this great Club. PGA professional Sean Owen is also one of the best in the business and Liz and her catering staff were also first class.

Dunscar’s Mike Holmes checked in and asked ‘What tees are we off today?’
‘Blue tees.’ I replied
‘Which ones are they?’
‘They are the ones which are more blue in colour than the white and yellow tees.’

Graham Jackson was thinking about food rather than his golf once again today. He had a sausage roll in the car park before he teed off and then couldn’t resist a pork pie from behind the Bolton Old Links bar after his round.
‘ I’m playing in Turkey next week -I don’t know how I am going to survive.’ Said the portly Heyrose man.

There are some great nick names for players on Maxitours but my personal favourite was playing today when ‘Painless Pete’ Moss checked his team in this morning. He is the local dentist. He struggled into 17th place on the tricky course’
‘It was like pulling teeth out there!’ he complained.

Chris Morgan registered with me this morning. I might be wrong but I don’t think he is the sharpest tool in the box. I asked him for the names and handicaps of all the players in his team. He gave me three names but was really struggling to remember his 4th player. After racking his brain for about twenty seconds it came to him in a flash – ‘Oh it’s me!’

There was a hole in one for wealthy Phil Singh from Prestbury on the 17th hole– congratulations Phil. It was his first ace and he celebrated by kindly buying a drink for everyone in the Clubhouse. Top man.

Shrigley Halls Brian Hopkins (5) Darren Whittaker (15) Gary Bresnahan (14) and Neil Worthington (12) took third place with a solid 83 points.
Ashton in Makerfields Jason Atherton(9), Adie Price(13), Grany Benson(9) and Jimmy McEwan(7) took second place after scoring an impressive 46 points on the easier back nine.

Hale’s Mike Wainwright(16) is the man on form at the moment and he had three birdies in his round to really help his team win the first event of the Summer series. Guy Levers(18) Brian Greenbank (7) and Frazer Gunning (10) completed the quartet. Well played chaps great golf!

Thanks to all players I hope you had a great day out there!

Nearest the Pin 14th hole Simon Hemsley Dozen Srixon Ad333
Nearest the pin 17th hole Phil Singh ‘HOLE IN ONE’ Dozen Srixon AD333
2’s £205 8 pro vs or 18 srixon ad333s per two
Phil Singh x2 Paul Lord Geoff Ratcliffe Neil Edwards John Moorfield Lewis Troalen Craig Barker

Bolton Old Links 3-May-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Brian Greenbank, Mike Wainwright , Guy Levers, Frazer Gunning 85 12 Hydrolite shoes each
2 Jason Atherton, Adie Price, Grant Benson, Jimmy McEwan 84 10 Maxitours FJ shirt each
3 Brian Hopkins, Darren Whittaker, Neil Worthington, Gary Bresnahan 83 8 Callaway shirt
4 Neil Edwards, Dave Lee, Geoff Ratclffe, George Andrews 81 6 Callaway shirt
5 Peter Dobson, Mike Holmes, Dave Briggs, Mike Barnes 81 4 Maxitours cap each
6 Andy Oakes, Phil Singh, Chris Adams, Steve Hall 80 2 Maxitours card holder each
7= Les Russon, Gav Spencer, Rob Kenyon, Steve Merricks 80
7= John Dickenson, Dave Cooper, Paul Lord, Arthur Gray 80
9 Richard Williamson, Paul Woodbine, Phil Robinson, Dave Goodwin 79
10= Jim Clarke, Chris Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger 78
10= Ian Gemmell, Simon Hemsley, Joe Kirwan, Ian King 78
10= Craig Barker, Rob Thornicroft, Jonathan Salem, Malc Gibson 78
10= John Wallis, Dave Tongue, John Moorfield, Andy Collier 78
14= Steve Heywood, Ian Appleton, Dave Sully, Graham Davenport 77
14= Lewis Marland, Alf Shillitoe, Neale Laurent, Paul Butler 77
14= Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe 77
17 Peter Moss, Amanda Moss, Helen Braddock, Paul Whelan 75
18= Peter Maher, Charles Beadle, Martin Humphries, Martin Higgins 74
18= Mick Gorrill, Geoff Dykens, Dave Greenwood, Graham Hadfield 74
18= Simon Poucher, Brendan Leighton, Neil Drummond, 74
18= Olivier Troalen, Louis Troalen, Ben Aardewark, David Bigley 74
22 Nathan Pugh, Brian Yardley, Alan Morris, Pete Brown 72
23 Mick Mahon, Richard Palmer, Dave Westwood, John Farnsworth 69
24= Dave Bentley, Nigel Uttley, Richard T-Carr, Trevor Nicholson 68
24= Paul Browne, Steve Berg, Dale Wallace, Ted Barker 68
24= Jim Lindsay, Bob Mather, Rick Shaw, Chris Keegan 68
27 Jack Coleman, Harvey Mattinson, Anthony Bloor, Mike Gauden 63

Vale Royal start sheet Friday 10th May
8.28 David Kelly x4
8.36 Simon Hemsley x4
8.44 Colin Roberts x4
8.52 Jim Caldwell x4
9.00 Ed Pysden x4
9.08 Rob Platt x4
9.16 Jim Clarke x4
9.24 Eugenio Fernadez x4
10.30 Jack Coleman x4
10.39 Barrie Wilson x4
10.48 Brian Greenbank x4
10.57 Mick Mahon x4
11.06 Dave Stanhope x4
11.15 Ged Keary x4
11.24 Simon Walton x4
11.33 Peter Maher x4
11.42 Roger Percival x4
11.51 Simon Poucher x4
12.00 Dave Sully x4
12.09 Pete Entwistle x4
12.18 Les Russon x4
12.27 Paul Fell x4
12.36 Frank Massey x4
12.45Jerry Salmon x4
12.54 Bri Hopkins x4
1.03 Ian Walters x4
1.12 Mike George x4
1.15 Richard Williamson x4
1.21 Graham Pike x4
1.30 Mike Upton x4
1.39 John Safill x4
1.48 Tim Bessant x4
1.57 Richard Blackwell x4
2.06 Pete Birtwistle x4
2.24 Dave Greenwood x4
2.33 Simon Ashton x4
2.50 Barry Jackson x4
2.59 Joe Yates x4

The Final Winter Stuburt Order of Merit 2019

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Dear Maxitours player

Many thanks for your terrific support this Winter, I hope you have enjoyed playing golf on some great courses as much as I have enjoyed running the events!

Congratulations to Gary Neiles from Sandiway who takes the Stuburt Order of Merit crown and wins a fantastic Pair of Stuburt evolve golf shoes after some very consistent Golf this Winter alongside his excellent team of friends.

Finally a huge thanks to ‘legend of the golf industry’ Steve Grant from Stuburt for his continued support of Maxitours – Brilliant .

Please take time to look at the terrific new Stuburt range:

1st Stuburt evolve shoes

2nd -5th place Stuburt Pro sport zip neck

Performance sweater

6th -12th Stuburt evolve shirt

Roll on the Summer!

Yours in Golf,


The Final Winter Stuburt Order of Merit 2019

1 Gary Neiles 79
2 Joe Yates 79
3 Paul Fell 74
4 John Longworth 68
5 Peter Atherton 65
6 Pete Ledger 60
7 Graham Jackson 57
8 Steve Merricks 56
8 Les Russon 56
10 Mark Hagerty 54
11 Rob Kenyon 53
12 Jim Clarke 51
13 Alan Forber 50
14 Martin France 47
15 Dave Cooper 46
15 Charles Herbert 46
15 Roger Percival 46
18 Nigel Ashton 42
18 Gareth Bradley 42
20 Jim Caldwell 40
21 Richard Blackwell 39
21 Guy Lever 39
23 Chris Adams 37
23 Simon Burgess 37
25 John Farnsworth 36
25 John Hulme 36
27 Mike Wainwright 35
28 Steve Hall 34
29 Frank Hindle 33
29 Marc Morris 33
29 Darren Whittaker 33
32 Brian Hopkins 32
32 Ian King 32
32 Liam Pilkington 32
35 Ed Wilkinson 30
36 Dave Greenwood 29
37 Colin Bryan 27
37 John Hunt 27
39 Simon Hemsley 25
40 Andy Bethell 24
40 Martin Firth 24
40 John Owen 24
43 Iain Bartholomew 23
43 John Hilditch 23
43 David Kelly 23
43 David Mason 23
47 Geoff Andrews 22
47 Brian Greenbank 22
47 Ben Kinsey 22
47 Colin Roberts 22
47 Barney Ross 22
47 Gav Spencer 22
53 Steve Blakeway 21
53 Neil Lingwood 21
53 Mick Mahon 21
56 Martin Cox 20
56 John Hilton 20
56 Mark Hughes 20
56 Sarah Ormrod 20
56 Richard Palmer 20
61 Dave Harlow 19
62 Jim Cox 18
62 Brendan Leighton 18
62 Dave Marchant 18
62 David Wainwright 18
66 Gary Bresnahan 17
66 Ian Hellens 17
66 Simon Wells 17
69 Koos Alders 16
69 Steve Aspinall 16
69 Jason Atherton 16
69 Colin Berry 16
69 Graham Davenport 16
69 Neil Drummond 16
69 Joe Kirwan 16
69 Mike Lowe 16
69 James Shipstone 16
69 John Stockdale 16
69 Andrew Wright 16
80 Peter Griggs 15
80 Andy Oakes 15
80 Dave Sayer 15
80 Simon Wilkinson 15
84 Steve Barker 14
84 Ed Geary 14
84 Dave Goodwin 14
84 Ken Hardy 14
84 Martin Keats 14
84 Peter Maher 14
84 Jim McEwan 14
84 Don Milligan 14
84 Nathan Pugh 14
84 Dave Rhodes 14
84 Dave Sarsfield 14
84 Graham Wilkinson 14
84 Neil Worthington 14
84 Paul Wrigley 14
98 Mike Clewley 13
98 Mike Lambe 13
98 John Moorfield 13
98 Mark Pasquill 13
102 Rob Bentley 12
102 Ross Birch 12
102 Tom Butler 12
102 Gary Butler 12
102 Lee Charnley 12
102 Pete Dolan 12
102 Jim Doran 12
102 Chris Doran 12
102 Keith Edwards 12
102 Dave Fidler 12
102 Terry Griffiths 12
102 Ian Handy 12
102 Aiden Hoosen 12
102 Saj Hshmi 12
102 Tony Jennison 12
102 Richard Johnson 12
102 Tim Johnson 12
102 James Joyce 12
102 Neil Macload 12
102 Sean O’Connor 12
102 Mike Spencer 12
102 Eddie Sterling 12
102 Mike Sutton 12
102 Phil Vokes 12
102 Dave Westwood 12
127 Chris Church 11
127 Phil Hanson 11
127 John Jobes 11
127 John Linsky 11
131 Andrew Aherne 10
131 Ian Appleton 10
131 Gary Bennell 10
131 MarK Berrisford 10
131 Bryce Brooks 10
131 Russell Cash 10
131 Keith Chapman 10
131 Dom Claxton 10
131 Pat Cliffe 10
131 Bob Coley 10
131 James Davies 10
131 Rob Fairhurst 10
131 Ian George 10
131 Ian Gemmell 10
131 David Hall 10
131 Steve Heywood 10
131 Alan Hoy 10
131 Steve Jenkinson 10
131 Steve Marsh 10
131 Les Pate 10
131 Dave Parry 10
131 Rob Parry 10
131 Geoff Ratcliffe 10
131 Paul Robinson 10
131 Dave Sully 10
131 Damian Wasey 10
131 Paul Whalley 10
131 Brian Yardley 10
159 Dan Moore 9
159 Phil Robinson 9
159 Richard Williamson 9
162 Mark Birtwistle 8
162 Stuart Birrell 8
162 Dave Blood 8
162 Josh Brand 8
162 Mark Clewley 8
162 Dave Collinson 8
162 Dave Cooper 8
162 Paul Dalby 8
162 Peter Dobson 8
162 Chris Evans 8
162 Phil Gow 8
162 Steve Halliwell 8
162 Steph Hamilton 8
162 Tony Hereford 8
162 Michael Holmes 8
162 Norrie Irwan 8
162 Tony Jennson 8
162 Russ Jones 8
162 Steve Lambert 8
162 Dougie Main 8
162 John Morgan 8
162 Ian Nielson 8
162 J P 8
162 Adie Price 8
162 Andy Sandham 8
162 Stu Smith 8
162 Paul Stones 8
162 Pete Sumner 8
162 Mike Tarrant 8
162 Dave Thomas 8
162 Garry Titchen 8
162 Neil Topping 8
162 Mike Verdon 8
162 Paul Woodbine 8
162 Paul Yates 8
197 Danny Clayton 7
197 Nigel Clowes 7
197 Munro Donald 7
197 Neil Edwards 7
197 Jim Hodges 7
197 Mark Taylor 7
197 Chris Walley 7
204 Alan Baxter 6
204 Elspeth Baxter 6
204 Paul Blackwell 6
204 Alison Blackwell 6
204 Mark Boler 6
204 Mike Budd 6
204 Mark Buckley 6
204 Bob Eastwood 6
204 Ashley Elliott 6
204 Audrey Evans 6
204 Tony Evans 6
204 Paul Evans 6
204 Irvine Ginger 6
204 Bob Harrison 6
204 Matty Holland 6
204 Mark Hudson 6
204 Dean Jagger 6
204 Andy Lawton 6
204 Dave Lloyd 6
204 Chris Macklin 6
204 James McNaughton 6
204 Dougie Norman 6
204 Pat O’Dowd 6
204 Martin Pugh 6
204 Rob Rolt 6
204 Alison Shipstone 6
204 Andrew Stone 6
204 Richard Wakefield 6
234 Darren Burgess 5
234 Gareth Winston 5
237 John Dickenson 4
237 Bob Evans 4
237 Arthur Gray 4
237 Steve Grant 4
237 Alf Gregg 4
237 Martin Higgins 4
237 Steve Lamont 4
237 Paul Lord 4
237 Dave Mackay 4
237 Phil McCurry 4
237 Pete Morgan 4
237 Ian Moss 4
237 Pete Moss 4
237 Amanda Moss 4
237 Ian Ponter 4
237 Mark Roberts 4
237 Peter Robinson 4
237 Martin Sands 4
237 Alan Simpson 4
237 Andy Stokes 4
237 Donna Sully 4
237 Dave Tongue 4
237 Dean Travis 4
237 John Wallis 4
237 Graham Wilde 4
237 David Wilkinson 4
237 Dave Williams 4
237 Mark Worsley 4
237 Keith Workman 4
266 Brian Ankers 3
266 Steve Dobson 3
266 Darren Seaborne 3
269 Graham Bosner 2
269 James Brown 2
269 Martin Cox 2
269 Phil Dickens 2
269 Chris Diggle 2
269 Norrie Erwin 2
269 Shubash Gupta 2
269 Paul Hammond 2
269 Richard Harper 2
269 Chris Heyes 2
269 Chih Hu 2
269 Carl Marginson 2
269 Simon Poucher 2
269 John Roome 2
269 Barrie Simpson 2
269 Dave Stewardson 2
269 Tony Stiles 2
269 Gavin Sutcliffe 2
269 Ian Walters 2
269 Ken Weatherley 2
269 Mike Wilkinson 2
290 John Broomhead 1
290 Graham Ibbotson 1
290 Dave Lee 1


Results from Classy Caldy

*Spaces available at Bolton Old Links next Friday 3rd May
Excellent Food is available at Bolton from 8.15 onwards I have spoken to acouple of members and the course is superb at the moment!

Maxitours at Classy Caldy

Caldy Golf Club was the premier setting for todays Maxitours event.
The course is a superb layout and is one of the most enjoyable courses to play in the country. Caldy has everything from rolling parkland to classic links holes and tests every shot in the book. The course was looking nice and green after last nights thunderstorm.
Colin Roberts was impressed.
‘There have been some terrific improvements to pathways and the course looks really tidy’.
Nigel Ashton reported that this was his favourite Maxitours venue ‘It’s a real treat to play here !’ He declared.

The catering at Caldy is perhaps the best on the circuit. My players know how good the food is and well over 100 fantastic meals were served to us throughout the day. Thanks to all players for supporting the caterers so well once again.

Sam Leach is trying to forget about the several putts he missed from inside two feet. If anyone sees him in the next few days please don’t remind him about them.

I’m not sure which golf course Paul Evans was playing today but he told me that every hole he played was into the wind.

Slazenger stopped making their sub standard golf balls nearly ten years ago but Paul Fell found a scruffy mis-shapen old one in the semi rough next to the 12th fairway. He absently tossed it into the nearby stream. Wealthy retired policeman Ian Appleton then appeared around the corner after he hit a vicious hook off the 13th tee.
‘Has anyone seen my ball? He enquired. ‘It’s a Slazenger four, its my lucky ball.’

John Linsky won a Cutter and Buck waterproof top and he picked it up off me today. He forgot to take the clothing pins out and was nearly stabbed to death when he tried to put it on in a hurry during a sudden hailstorm when he was playing the 12th hole.

Third place went to Lymm’s Roger Percival(5) Ed Wilkinson(6) Josh Brand(4) and Pete Atherton(12) (or the incredible Bulk as he is fondly known as by Maxitours players. ) Percival is the best chipper of the ball I have ever seen and he made some great up and downs today. Atherton also loves chips and he celebrated with a large portion in the Clubhouse after his round.

Stockport veteran and all round top man Ian Gemmell(5) who looks well into his sixties, shot four under gross on the tough Caldy back nine to help his team into 2nd spot. Joe Kirwan(6) Bob Coley(11) and David Hall(11) watched on in awe. Good friend Bob Coley had never seen his pal play such magical golf. Well played Ian- superb play from someone so old.

The very likeable quartet on John Hilditch(12) Iain Bartholomew(3) John Owen(11) and Martin Keats(2) were delighted to score 86 points for their first win of the year. They only picked up 5 points in total after two holes but then the putts really started to fall. Well played chaps great golf.

In the overall two day competition Nigel Ashtons team beat Steve Aspinalls team by a single stroke after two great days of stunning links golf. Congratulations to both teams on fine performances!

The final Stuburt Order of Merit will be sent out tomorrow!

2’s £197.50 7 pro v1s or 16 srixon AD333s John Hilditch Iain Bartholomew Martin Keats David Hall Jimmy Booth Tony Preston Paul Evans Andy Stapley Grant Benson

N pin 10th John Atkin Doz AD333
N pin 17th Grant Benson Doz AD333

Caldy 25-Apr-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 John Hilditch, Martin Keats, John Owen, Iain Bartholomew 86 12 Cutter and Buck waterproof top
2 Ian Gemmell, David Hall, Joe Kirwan, Bob Coley 85 10 Maxitours sweater each
3 Roger Percival, Ed Wilkinson, Josh Brand, Pete Atherton 85 8 Dozen Taylor Made TP 5
4 Colin Roberts, Dave Mason, Dave Marchant, Geoff Andrews 85 6 Dozen Wilson soft feel
5 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe 84 4 Maxitours bag towel each
6 Gary Neiles, Joe Yates, Alan Forber, John Lomgworth 84 2
7 Adie Price, Steve Woods, Dave Parry, Grant Benson 84
8= Mike George, Gordon Tilsey, Chris Icely, Hugh Mulholland 83
8= John Hunt, Alison Shipstone, James Shipstone, James Brown 83
8= Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Graham Wilkinson, Alan Simpson 83
8= Pete Dobson, Mark Worsley, Michael Holmes, Ian Smethurst 83
12 John Dickenson, Mark Wright, Dave McDougall, Frank O’Hara 82
13= Lewis Marland, Phil Dickens, Kev Seaton, Rick Cotton 81
13= Sarah Ormrod, Geoff Dykins, Dave Greenwood, Mick Gorrill 81
15= Stuart Reynolds, Bob Eastwood, Ian Fensom, Ray Mills 80
15= Mike Dean, Karem Dean, Pete Tomlinson, Mike Masser 80
17= Chris Chidley, Duncan Cameron, John Egerton, Eric Robinson 79
17= David Kelly, John Atkin, Stuart Blake, David Wilkinson 79
17= Kevin Hart, Jimmy Booth, John Anderton, Paul Yearsley 79
17= Jim Lindsay, Alan Booth, Barrie Simpson, Andy Stapley 79
21= Peter Maher, Charles Beadle, Russell Humphries, Martin Higgins 78
21= Steve Lamont, Doug Broadstock, John Linsky, Eugenio Fernadez 78
23 Andy Strickley, Mark Earldey, Andy Taylor, Kevin Hodgson 75
24 Steve Heywood, Graham Davenport, Iain Appleton, Pete Fotherington 74
25 Rob Weston, Steve Foxcroft, Trevor Webb, Tony Andrews 73
26 Sam Leach, Jim Hodges, Bob Chester, Chris Walley 72
27 Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, John Farnsworth 71
28 Andrew Cox, Tony Kulkowski, Mike Knight, Brian Jones 70
Fairhaven prizes 25-April-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe 85 12 Wilson dri cart bag
2 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Graham Wilkinson, Alan Hoy 85 10 Wilson Cart bag
3 Mike Tarrant, Steve Aspinall, Steve Halliwell, Paul Stones 84 8 Wilson Wedge each
4 Mark Boler, Mike Budd, Mark Hudson, Dave Lloyd 84 6 Dozen Wilson Duo balls each
5 Mark Worsley, Ian Moss, Pete Moss, Amanda Moss 83 4 Dozen Wilson soft feel each
6 Paul Wrigley, Gav Sutcliffe, Ken Hardy, Steve Barker 82 2
Overall scores 25-April-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe 169
2 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Graham Wilkinson, Alan Hoy 168
3 Ian Gemmell, Eric Roylance, Joe Kirwan, Bob Coley 162
4 Kev Hart, Jim Booth, John Anderton, Paul Yearsley 160
5 Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, John Farnsworth 146

9.00-11.50 1.30-3
9.00 Colin Roberts x4
9.09 Simon Hemsley x4
9.18 Brian Greenbank x4
9.27 Jim Clarke x4
9.36 Chris Adams x4
9.45 Paul Browne x4
9.54 Jack Coleman x4
10.03 Lewis Marland x4
10.12 Mick Mahon x4
10.21 Jim Lindsay x4
10.30Peter Maher x4
10.39Peter Dobson x4
10.48 Dave Goodwin x4
10.57 Roger Percival x4
11.06 John Hilditch x4
11.15 Nigel Hallows x4
11.23 Dave Sully x4
11.31 Les Russon x4
11.40 Sam Leach x4
11.48 Simon Poucher x4
11.56 Dave Bentley x4
1.30 Ian Hellens x4
1.39 Simon Maxwell x4
1.48 Brian Hopkins x4
1.57 Paul Fell x4
2.06 M Gibson x4 early
2.15 John Dickenson x4
2.33 Neil Edwards x4
2.42Neil Edwards x4
2.51 Dave Tonge x4
3.00 Olivier Troalen x4
3.09 Dave Griffiths x4
3.18 Lee Tilley x4

Maxitours at fantastic Fairhaven

Maxitours ‘Wilson Classic’ at fantastic Fairhaven

Maxitours players enjoyed a real treat today as we visited the stunning Lancashire links course of Fairhaven. This event was previously cancelled twice due to poor weather this Winter but all players agreed that it was well worth the wait. Thanks to top Manager Lindzi Stones for being so accommodating.

The course and greens were superb considering the very dry conditions and Fairhaven looks like it will be in terrific condition to host the qualifying for the Senior British Open this summer,
The report is slightly shorter than usual as I am trying to get home to watch United lose the Manchester derby.

Koos Alders and his team looked confident and full of energy when they arrived until I asked their new signing if he was going in the twos sweep.
‘No thanks, I am playing like a dog.’ Mood hoover Rick Shaw replied depressingly. The team finished last.

Thunder storms were forecast but fortunately they stayed away for us however the weather was extremely warm and very muggy. Paul Stones looked absolutely exhausted as he entered the bar after his game. He had played wearing two pairs of socks and full thermal underwear.
‘By eck I’m hot!’ Groaned the Lancastrian. ‘I thought it is supposed to be cool and windy by the coast?’
Whilst his team were putting sun cream on their arms keep the hot sun at bay Paul was pouring it down his thermal pants to prevent his rump becoming too chapped.

Steve Aspinall finished 2nd and 3rd today . It was the Birchwood Steve(9) and his team who finished runners up. The eight points they picked up on the 15th hole with birdies by Aspinall and Colin Berry(12) made all the difference. Graham Wilkinson(9) and Alan Hoy(11) completed the team.

Lovely man Mike Tarrant (11) and his team with the less talented Steve Aspinall rued picking up just two points on the 17th hole as they finished in 3rd spot.

City fan Nigel Ashton(12) is currently enjoying a beer in the Fairhaven bar with his unused match ticket for tonight tucked in his back pocket as he is too nervous to go to the game. His team thought he had stayed at home on the golf course today after a pointless start but he played great golf later in his round. Mike Lowe(9) Paul Fell(4) and Colin Bryan(10) were delighted and surprised to win with just 85 points – Congratulations!

Tomorrow sees the final event of the Stuburt Winter Order of Merit with Joe Yates and Gary Neiles leading the way. The top 10 in the Order of Merit will receive Stuburt product.

Huge Thanks to Lancashire golfing legend John Gallagher who has kindly sponsored the last two events (Galvin Green Classic at Helsby and today). The new Wilson ball, bag and club range is well worth a look. Wilson have just signed US tour star Gary Woodland as the brand continues to flourish.

Thanks for your terrific support today, everyone was around in less than four hours also which is wonderful.
Yours in Golf,

Nearest the Pin 10th Barney Ross Doz Wilson soft feel balls
Nearest the pin 17th Ken Hardy Doz Wilson soft feel balls
2,s sweep £167.50 4 pro v1s or 10 Wilson soft feel balls

Colin Berry Mark Hudson Barney Ross Hugh Anthony Martin Bramwell Duncan Challen Ken Hardy Koos Alders Paul Fell x2 Rick Sym Graham Pike Ian Mosss

**Prizes will be allocated after the event at Caldy tomorrow as teams can only win 1 prize and a few teams are in the two day event (top 5 will definitely pick up!)

Fairhaven 24-Apr-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Paul Fell, Nigel Ashton, Colin Bryan, Mike Lowe 85 12
2 Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Graham Wilkinson, Alan Hoy 85 10
3 Mike Tarrant, Steve Aspinall, Steve Halliwell, Paul Stones 84 8
4 Mark Boler, Mike Budd, Mark Hudson, Dave Lloyd 84 6
5 Mark Worsley, Ian Moss, Pete Moss, Amanda Moss 83 4
6 Paul Wrigley, Gav Sutcliffe, Ken Hardy, Steve Barker 82 2
7= Phil Vokes, Barney Ross, Chris Cyprus, Paul Dalby 82
7= Gareth Winstone, Darren Burgess, Gareth Kershaw, John Liecester 82
7= John Gallagher, Gary Corbett, Nigel Stretton, Hugh Anthony 82
10= Ian Waddington, Eric Hughes, Andy Norman, Tom Carroll 81
10= Kev Hart, Jim Booth, John Anderton, Paul Yearsley 81
10= Kevin Hart, Jimmy Booth, John Anderton, Paul Yearsley 81
10= Graham Pike, Rick Sym, Nigel Eckersley, Keith Richardson 81
10= Pete Doran, Jim Dolan, Pete Daniels, Nigel McLeod 81
15 Carl Kennedy, David Page, Simon Long, Clive Appleby 80
16= Rob Platt, Steve Morfitt, Gary Youall, Carl Mollart 79
16= Steve Heywood, Donna Sully, Dave Sully, Janet Heywood 79
18 Martin Bramwell, Gweneth Bramwell, Craig Rea, Michele Rea 78
19= Ian Gemmell, Eric Roylance, Joe Kirwan, Bob Coley 77
19= Graham Davie, Dave Tracy, Pete Beddows, Paul Milby 77
21 Simon Ashton, Iain Cole, Duncan Cocker, Stuart Morgans 76
22= Mick Mahon, Munro Donald, Dave Westwood, John Farnsworth 75
22= Duncan Challen, Steve Hogg, Steve Harrison, Martin Clarke 75
22= Neale Laurent, Alf Shillitoe, Paul Butler, Mark Turner 75
22= Sarah Ormrod, Geoff Dykins, Dave Greenwood, Mick Gorrill 75
26 Richard Brown, Chih Hu, Phil Houghton, Roger Cullen 74
27 Koos Alders, Mark Morris, Rick Shaw, Paddy Moran 70

Galvin Green Classic results at Helsby

Next Week
Fairhaven WEDNESDAY 24th April
And Caldy THURSDAY 25th April -spaces
Start times below- please check them carefully
Bolton Old links 3rd May- spaces

Maxitours at lovely Helsby

Helsby in deepest Cheshire was the lovely venue for today’s Maxitours event. Playing off lovely parkland turf amid mature oak trees was a pleasure for all. Many thanks to all the green staff.

Cheshire golfing legend Gareth Bradley has had more than a few bacon butties in his time but he rated the Helsby baps as the best on the Maxitours circuit. The catering and service really was first class. Barman Rob was incredibly friendly and their stewardess Julie never sat still or stopped smiling all day – brilliant.

Everyone was around in less than four hours – thanks guys that’s excellent.
Big Man City fan Joe Kirwan made the ten minute journey from his golf club to his house in Bramhall last night to watch his favourite team and missed four goals. He didn’t miss many putts today though as he helped his team into a solid 82 points.

Barry Wilson chipped in for a two in front of the Clubhouse which overlooks the green. None of his team witnessed it as they were busily raking bunkers or searching in the scrub. Barry came in the clubhouse which happened to be nearly empty.
‘Did anyone see my two?!’

Graham Jackson looks like he enjoys a pie and he arrived an hour earlier than normal for his tee time today. I asked him why he was so early.
‘I called in at the famous local bakery on the way I wanted to make sure they didn’t sell out.’ After his round he told me that he had actually bought me a pie but got peckish on the back nine and ate it himself. Thanks Graham.

Congratulations to Stephen White who had a hole in one on the 11th to win nearest the pin. I don’t like talking about myself as most of you know but I also had an ace on Monday in a tournament. Maxitours players Roger Percival and Roy Ainsworth kept congratulating me which I thought was very nice of them until I realised, they were only after a free drink in the bar. No chance.

Hazel Groves Ian Walters is a good man. He kindly supported his home Club who were buying some course furniture last year. There is a lovely large bin on the 15th tee at Hazel Grove which announces ‘sponsored by Ian Walters -because I am rubbish.’ He was less trash than usual today and finished 6th with 83 points.

Preston based nice guy John Dickenson(20) and his team took 5th place with 83 points, Roger Percival’s(6) Lymm team took 4th place with 84 points and Gary Neiles(6) Sandiway men took 3rd with 85 points.

Wilmslow’s Jim Caldwell(11) teamed up with John Hume(14), Andrewe Aherne(18) and Manchester City in house football commentator Liam Pilkington(12). Pilkington looked in despair this morning after last nights events but his mood improved with a spirited performance on the course.

Shrigley Hall’s Darren Whittaker(15) has played Maxitours for twelve years but has been without a win for the last five. His dreams came true with a terrific team performance today, team Captain Brian Hopkins(4) shot level par and Neil Worthington(18) and Charles Herbert(14) also chipped in well. Great golf chaps well played!
Thanks to everyone for your support today, Tim

Nearest the pin 11th Stevephen Whire (hole in one) Dozen Ad333
Nearest the pin 18th Dave Stewardson Dozen AD333

2’s sweep £195 6 pro v1s or 14 srixon Ad333s per two
Andy Wright Geoff Dykens Barry Wilson Pete Bpoth Stephen White hole in 1 (2 x2s) James Shipstone Peter Maher Janet Heywood Paul Higgs Dave Lowe

Helsby 18-Apr-2019
Pos Team Players Score OoM Comment
1 Brian Hopkins, Neil Worthington, Darren Whittaker, Charles Herbert 87 12 Galvin Green windstopper each
2 Jim Caldwell, Jon Hume, Adrew Aherne, Liam Pilkington 86 10 Galvin Green Shirt each
3 Gary Neiles, John Longworth, Alan Forber, Joe Yates 85 8 Galvin Green Shirt each
4 Roger Percival, Pete Atherton, Irvine Ginger, Andy Wright 84 6 Galvin Green Umbrella each
5 John Dickenson, Paul Lord, Keith Workman, Arthur Gray 83 4 Galvin Green cap each
6 Ian Walters, Chris Heyes, Dave Stewardson, Mike Wilkinson 83 2 Galvin Green cap each
7= Dave Blease, Dave Lowe, Carl Marginson, Pete Short 82
7= Simon Hemsley, Gareth Bradley, Joe Kirwan, Ian King 82
7= Ron Sloane, Mark Saxon, Paul Higgs, Tim Spencer 82
7= Dave Greenwood, Sarah Ormrod, Mick Gorrill, Geoff Dykens 82
7= Dave Sully, Ian Appleton, Steve Heywood, Janet Heywood 82
12= Barry Wilson, Simon Wilkinson, John Fitzsimmons, Steve Lamont 81
12= Jim Clarke, Graham Jackson, Pete Ledger, Pete Booth 81
12= Colin Roberts, Geoff Andrews, Dave Marchant, Dave Mason 81
15= Brian Greenbank, Dave Wainwright, Mike Wainwright, Guy Levers 80
15= David Kelly, Dave Harlow, John Atkin, Stuart Blake 80
15= Paul Robinson, Stuart Birrell, Phil McCurry, Brian Yardley 80
18= Alison Shipstone, James Shipstone, James Brown, Denis O’Neill 78
18= Peter Maher, Charles Beadle, David Kelly , Martin Higgins 78
18= James Hampton, Martt Sayers, Adam Thomas, Stephen White 78
18= Rob Emery, Steve Nixon, Ian Hasselhoff, Neil Cartwright 78
22= Roy Ainsworth, John Morgan, Pete Fotherington, Mike Verdon 77
22= Mark Downward, Gary Ellis, Matt Sproston, James Brereton 77
24 David Okell, Nigel Ashton, Marcus Rigby, Dave Cooper 76
25= Phil Howsley, Paul Robinson, Dave Waldron- Kelly, Dave Slater 75
25= Mick Mahon, Dave Westwood, Munro Donald, John Farnsworth 75
25= Steve Aspinall, Colin Berry, Alan Hoy, Graham Wilkinson 75
28 Dave Sayer, Mark Taylor, Paul Thompson, Rob Sutton 74
29 Richard Brown, Chih Hu, Shubash Gupta, Michael Roundhill 70
30 Paul Gilbert, Matt Nelstrop, Craig Rea, Mike Hancox 67

start times at Helsby next Thursday

The next event is at Helsby 18th April of course (not Heswall as in previs email) – start times below.

Great upcoming events:

Fairhaven Team of 4 AM AM Weds 24th April – spaces
Caldy Team of 4 AM AM Thurs 25th April full

Helsby start times Thursday 18th April

9.00 David Kelly x4
9.09 Colin Roberts x4
9.18 Jim Caldwell x4
9.27 Simon Hemsley x4
9.36 steve marsh x4
9.45 Phil Vokes x4
9.54 Brian Greenbank x4
10.03 Ian Walters x4
10.12 Paul Robinson x4
10.21 Jim Clarke x4
10.30 Mick Mahon x4
10.39 Lewis Marland x4
10.48 Dave Sully x4
10.57 Paul Fell x3 Marcus Rigby x1
11.06 John Hunt x4
11.15 Roger Percival x4
11.33 james hampton x4
11.42 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.51 Barry Wilson x4
12.00 Ron Sloane x4
12.09 Nigel Hallows x2 2 players required
12.18 Ian Hellens x4
12.27 Peter Maher x4
12.36 Richard Brown x4
12.54 Steve Aspinall x4
1.03 John Dickenson x4
1.12 Paul Gilbert x4
1.21 Dave Blease x4
1.30 Dave Sayer x4
1.39 Dave Sayer x4
1.48 Dave Sayer x4
2.24 Joe Yates x4
2.33 Brian Hopkins x4

Helsby start times 18th April

Heswall start times Thursday 26th April

9.00 David Kelly x4
9.09 Colin Roberts x4
9.18 Jim Caldwell x4
9.27 Simon Hemsley x4
9.36 steve marsh x4
9.45 Phil Vokes x4
9.54 Brian Greenbank x4
10.03 Ian Walters x4
10.12 Paul Robinson x4
10.21 Jim Clarke x4
10.30 Mick Mahon x4
10.39 Lewis Marland x4
10.48 Dave Sully x4
10.57 Paul Fell x3 Marcus Rigby x1
11.06 John Hunt x4
11.15 Roger Percival x4
11.33 james hampton x4
11.42 Roy Ainsworth x4
11.51 Barry Wilson x4
12.00 Ron Sloane x4
12.09 Nigel Hallows x2 2 players required
12.18 Ian Hellens x4
12.27 Peter Maher x4
12.36 Richard Brown x4
12.54 Steve Aspinall x4
1.03 John Dickenson x4
1.12 Paul Gilbert x4
1.21 Dave Blease x4
1.30 Dave Sayer x4
1.39 Dave Sayer x4
1.48 Dave Sayer x4
2.24 Joe Yates x4
2.33 Brian Hopkins x4