Ellie club history maker with county debut

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Newton Green’s Ellie Aldous became the first club member in living memory to represent Suffolk at inter-county tournament level.

The 15-year-old Newton Green Golf Club and England Girls squad member made her debut in the Eastern Region County Week.

She came through with flying colours, winning one of her two singles matches to put a marker down for regular selection.

The five-day tournament was held at The Bedfordshire course, with Suffolk competing with Essex, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire and Hunts.

Aldous had originally been named as a non-travelling reserve, but was called into the squad for the final three days.

However, she sat out her first day, being given extra time to recover from a weekend football ankle injury — sustained playing in goal for Suffolk Under-16s Girls.

She was then selected for the singles to play against Hertfordshire, who inflicted a 7.5-1.5 defeat on Suffolk, with Aldous losing at four holes down with three to play against Lucinda Milcham.

But she turned the tables the next day, ensuring a similar margin win over Bethoney Healey, as Suffolk beat Bedfordshire 6–3.

Like Aldous, Newton’s other England Girls’ training squad member Alice Barlow had been named to travel with Suffolk, but school exams forced her to pull out and miss the chance of a Suffolk debut.

n Newton Green’s ladies left their counterparts at Felixstowe all at sea after notching a trio of victories in Suffolk competitions.

A closely-fought battle on neutral ground at Flempton saw Newton come through their Cranworth Trophy tie with Felixstowe 6-3, setting up a quarter-final against Halesworth on July 25.

Recently, Newton had put out Felixstowe in the quarter-finals of the Haskell Cup and also inflicted a defeat on the same club in the Weston Trophy.

The 36-hole Cranworth competition provides a tough examination for players with 20-plus handicaps, and in the morning foursomes it was all-square at lunchtime, with a win for each side and one match halved.

The six afternoon singles provided some close tussles, but Newton’s three lead players kept their noses ahead to bring off victories.

A halved match was needed to tip the scales for an unassailable lead and when this was eventually gained, on the 16th tee in the fifth match, victory was assured.

To put icing on the cake, the fourth match was eventually halved and the fifth won.

RESULTS:

Foursomes: Jill Symonds and Leighann Wordley halved with Libby Bate and Julie Sparling, Rebecca Evans and Sheila Walter won 4&3 against Rose Stollerey and Pat Cofield, Carolyn Cocksedge and Lizzie Johnson lost 3&2 against Alicia Cook and Fiona Todd.

Singles: Symonds beat Sparling 1up, Evans beat Stollery 4&3, Walter beat Bate 3&2, Wordley halved with Todd, Cocksedge beat Cook 2up, Johnson lost to Cofield 3&2.