Winter roll-ups success

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Newton Green’s ability to provide uninterupted winter golf has led to a successful season in a competition aimed at preventing competitive Sunday morning players becoming rusty.

All ten rounds of the series of roll-up competitions run by professiional Tim Cooper have been completed, with around 60 players for many rounds.

In recent times the club has gained from an influx of golfers from north Essex, and half the contestants finishing in the top ten of the winter series came from south of the Suffolk border.

They were led by George Szpurko, whose three best Stableford scores came to 129 points, beating Sudbury’s George Spencer and another Essex man Aiden Theedom, with 126 points each.

Other leading scores: 124 Trevor Byham, 122 Mark Chambers, 118 Phil Wheton, 116 Nigel Gerrans, 115 Matthew Gregory, Les Tatum and Mick Gronland.

Club chairman Peter Philpott said the ability of the course to provide year-round golf had led the club to consider the introduction of second club membership, which would enable players from neighbouring courses with drainage problems to affiliate at Newton and keep their game going over the winter.

He added: “Our course has been closed only one day during the winter, and its presentation will improve still further with planned investment in further works, with a emphasis on our greens.”

n Newton Green women will be entertaining local rivals Stoke-by-Nayland in the second round of the national Mail on Sunday competition after battling to a tense 3-2 victory away to Flempton.

With a fierce wind at times driving snow horizontally across the course, conditions were testing, and the sides were level 2-2 as the final game reached its conclusion.

For Newton, last player Di Cunningham held her nerve. Her opponent, however, took a five on the final hole, a par three, which left the Newton player a two up winner.