Newton golfers scramble to get competition in

TEXAS TRIO: Seniors captain Bill Havers (right) presents awards to the Texas scramble winning team of, from left, Steve Street, Ted Clarkson and Frank Salt.
TEXAS TRIO: Seniors captain Bill Havers (right) presents awards to the Texas scramble winning team of, from left, Steve Street, Ted Clarkson and Frank Salt.
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It was third time lucky for the seniors of Newton Green Golf Club, who finally found a gap in the weather to stage their Texas scramble competition.

The trio of Ted Clarkson, Frank Salt and Steve Street came top with a score of 59.4, ahead of the 59.7 of John Humphrey, Paddy Brotherwood and Andy Millar.

They were followed by Peter Cade, Mick Mills and Nick Smith on 63.3, and Fred French, John Clarke and Mick Hawkins on 63.4.

Men’s captain Chris Williams and vice-captain Andrew Johnson made a flying start to their year in office by winning the foursomes competition held at Waldringfield Golf Club in association with the annual meeting of the Suffolk Golf Union.

They scored 41 points, two more than their nearest rivals.

At Newton Green’s recent Annual General Meeting, retiring men’s captain Dave Lavelle presented cheques of £1,500 to Georgina Daniels of Macmillan Cancer Support and £371 to St Nicholas Hospice Care, the latter being received by Danielle Sansum, whose late father was head greenkeeper at the club, and who is remembered each year in a memorial trophy event.

Retiring club chairman Paddy Lockwood said various sections had combined to raise a record £4,628 for charity during 2012.

The meeting heard the club, which is continuing with a programme of improvements, still holds a six-figure bank balance despite a difficult time for golf clubs in general.

n Newton Green are running a free starter coaching day as part of the national Get into Golf campaign.

Club professional Tim Cooper will be giving free 20-minute lessons to learners wishing to book between 9am and 7.30pm on Monday, April 22.

This will be followed by a series of group lessons at 4-5pm from Saturday, May 4.

From Easter, the club will also be opening up their nine-hole junior course to adult learners at a cost of £5.

Contact Cooper at tcoopergolf@aol.com or on 01787 313215.

The Essex Golf Academy at Earls Colne are also offering free lessons from April 22 to 28 as part of the Get into Golf campaign.

These include sessions for juniors, men, women and seniors. To book, or for more information, call 01787 223961.