New format championship proves a big hit at golf club

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A new format for the Newton Green Golf Club men’s championship proved a great success with two competitions dovetailing to end at the same time.

The 36-hole championship for single handicappers, along with similar 18-hole titles for 10-18 and 19-28 players were completed alongside each other this year.

The new format meant a large crowd was present to see Greg Hills pick up the President’s Salver for completing the 36-hole event with a three over par 142.

It was a hat-trick of wins for the three handicapper (now back to two), having previously won the title in 2010 and 2011.

He missed the next season while working abroad, and watched rivals Ian Woodhead and Russell Oakey lift the trophy the following two years.

Hills recorded rounds of 72 and 70 to regain the title, just one shot ahead of course record holder Jed Seeley, who carded 73 and 70, with former champion Oakey a further shot behind on 144, with rounds of 70 and 74.

In the 10-18 handicap event, Kieron Sorrell won the Harry Wordley Trophy with a score of 80, just one shot better than fellow junior James Cooper, while next on 83 were Nigel Gerrans, Sam Pritchard and Ben Wilkinson.

In the 19-28 division Craig Rollinson, whose handicap has been plunging since joining the club a year ago, won on 85 from Tom Wise 89 and Roger Leonard 92.