Newton Green women on song

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The relentless rise up the ladder of Suffolk golf by the women of Newton Green continued with more notable individual and team displays.

Progress has been made in competitions which were not on the radar a few years back and the club’s talented juniors also continue to take scalps.

The latest by the youngsters was in the Suffolk Girls’ Junior Championships at Felixstowe when Ellie Aldous finished third and Alice Barlow fourth on a day when strong wind affected scores.

Aldous (80) was three shots behind the formidable, but three years older, Lily Kent, in first place, but the Newton girl’s seven handicap enabled her to lift the net score championship with a total of 73.

Barlow, handicap five, carded a gross 82 for her fourth place in the scratch competition and also figured a few days earlier with her fellow England Girls’ junior squad partner Aldous to claim a notable first-round win in the prestigious scratch Suffolk Haskell Cup.

Drawn at home to Rookery Park, Lowestoft, and facing two adult players with similar handicaps in Carole Bostock and Judy Taylor, the Newton pair recorded an impressive 7&5 win.

All four players were in action the next day when Newton’s five-strong Suffolk Weston team visited Rookery Park, recording a 4-1 success.

Ellie’s mum Claire Aldous, Emily Penfold and Jenny Leach completed the line-up.

Newton can clinch 
promotion to the top division of the competition for next year if they defeat Bungay at home in the final fixture, 
having already disposed
 of Felixstowe and Flempton.

Meanwhile, the club’s women have also progressed past the first round of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy, beating Ipswich on the neutral ground of Rushmere.

The competition is for 21-30 handicappers, with the six players in foursomes for the morning and singles in the afternoon.

A stand-out feature of the day’s performance was a hole-in-one by Jill Symonds, who was the lead player in the afternoon.

The ace on the 114-yard eighth with a seven iron was part of a devastating performance, which saw her opponent soundly defeated.

With Rebecca Evans, Leighanne Wordley and Sheila Walter delivering similar knockout blows to their opponents, Newton — who had lost the morning foursomes 2-1 — had sufficient points on the board to enable Carolyn Cocksedge and Lizzie Johnson to be called in and not complete their rounds.

Newton meet Felixstowe in the next round at Flempton on June 27.