Newton schoolgirls make history with cup victory

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A Suffolk golfing fairytale came true as Newton Green’s schoolgirl giant killers 
became the youngest winners of the county’s Haskell Trophy.

Despite being four holes down by the eighth of the 36-hole competition, Ellie Aldous and Alice Barlow made a magnificent afternoon assault to scorch into a five holes foursomes lead.

They eventually nailed a victory by 3&2 in the final at Waldringfield Golf Club.

A devastating run of early afternoon holes by the schoolgirl pairing tipped the scales, after the Newton twosome and Aldeburgh opponents Blaize Esmond and Lotti Edmunds had completed the morning all-square, after 18 holes of the scratch scoring event.

Esmond, aged 20, who plays off two and has qualified to begin professional training once she has found a sponsoring club, and the experienced Edmunds, a six handicapper, were playing in their fourth consecutive Haskell final.

At 4up by the eighth after some wayward early play by Aldous and Barlow, who have handicaps of six and are aged 15 and 14, it looked as if Aldeburgh’s name was destined back on the trophy.

Esmond and Edmunds had won twice, but have now also tasted defeat twice, although they brought their experience to the table by clinging on to win back two holes in the closing stages.

However, the Newton youngsters had proved their mettle by three times knocking out equally-experienced Suffolk golfers on their way to the final.

They were in no mood to surrender at the final hour, tying up victory at the 33rd hole.

Among the highlights of their inspired start to the afternoon round was an opening nine of three under par, including an eagle on the par five, 487-yard stroke index one fifth hole.

It featured a 265-yard drive by Barlow and a 222-yard, five iron second by Aldous to within two yards of the pin — a piece of brilliant team play the like of which their more experienced opponents could not match on the day.

It was the first time in the history of the competition Newton had reached the final — the feat being testimony to the club’s rising playing standards across the board.

The club’s Haskell non-playing captain Liz Ward received the trophy from Suffolk Ladies’ County Golf president Pippa Beck.