Juniors reach national final again

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Newton Green’s juniors have come out top of the pile to represent Suffolk for the second year running at the national team golf championship event.

They will be returning to Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, on August 11 and 12 with a tough task on their hands — improving on the fourth place they achieved last year.

A Newton trio of Alice Barlow, Harvey Watts and Ben Tatum qualified by winning a close 100–98 Stableford points Suffolk final battle with Haverhill at Felixstowe Ferry.

None of them played in last year’s national final, even those that did all still qualify, which underlines Newton’s strength in junior talent.

Barlow, the current Suffolk senior and junior champion, did not play in last year’s competition, and with some wayward driving did not perform to her handicap of three against Haverhill’s Fiona Stokes (handicap 12) and went down by 35-30 points.

Harvey Watts (5) won by 35-28 to James Iron (12), and Ben Tatum (6) and Josh Hulyer (13) both finished on 35 points, leaving Newton victors by two points.

In earlier rounds, Newton had beaten Halesworth 105-85, Fynn Valley 89-82 and Hintlesham 104-89.