Champions make a promising start

Newton Green Ladies have made a promising start to the defence of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy they won last year.

They are through to the quarter-finals and play Ufford Park on July 24 at Haverhill.

In the second round against Waldringfield at Bury St Edmunds, a team consisting of some new faces looked to be wobbling after losing the morning foursomes 2-1.

However, Newton came storming back in the six afternoon singles matches, with four convincing victories in matches tied up well before the allotted 18 holes.

It meant the five overall wins necessary to achieve victory had been reached.

There were two remaining games on the course, in which Newton were winning at the time and did not need completion.

Halved matches were agreed, with an official win margin of 6-3 in the competition, which is for 21-30 handicaps.

From last year’s line-up, Jill Symonds and Carolyn Cocksedge had retired from the fray and Rebecca Evans had dropped below the qualifying handicap.

However, competition rookies Rosie Jackson and Sarah Williams were among those that came up trumps with convincing wins in the singles, and Newton’s line-up looks strong once more.

Foursomes: Lizzie Johnson and Leighann Wordley lost 5&4 to Margaret Knott and Jan Cropper, Sheila Walter and Rosie Jackson won 5&4 to Janet Liley and Mari Davey, Carol Durston and Sarah Williams lost 3&2 to Claire Carney and Carol Everett. Singles: Jackson won 5&4 to Knott, Johnson won 8&6 to Carney, Wordley won 6&5 to Liley, Durston halved with Davey, Walter halved with Everett, Williams won 7&5 to Cropper.

n Newton Green took a step closer to Hambro Cup glory after sealing their quarter-final place with a comfortable victory over Aldeburgh.

The 17-hole victory sets up a tie with Gorleston with Newton again enjoying the benefitting from the all-important home advantage, a crucial aspect of the contest, which produced seven out of eight home winners in the second round.

Newton’s victory over Aldeburgh started out as a close affair, with all the morning foursomes keenly contested, and the hosts being three holes up at lunch.

However, with two afternoon matches featuring six and seven-hole victories, a comfortable final margin was achieved.

The day had been notable for a number of firsts for Newton, including further blooding for the club’s promising youngsters.

One handicapper Ryan Talbot teamed up with debutant and younger brother Connor (six handicap) and won both their matches.

With club champion Russell Oakey unavailable for the afternoon round, Suffolk junior 13-year-old Harvey Watts (seven), playing his first Hambro contest, teamed up after lunch with Bob Talbot (eight), who was also making his debut in the tournament – and joining his two sons in the eight-man line-up.

Coming up trumps again in the contest were Simon Bearman (five) and Mark Duthie (three), who have not been beaten as a pair in four years of play in the Suffolk Hambro or Stenson.