Festival of golf draws record number of entrants

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Newton Green’s annual flagship event, the Jonathan Lambert Festival of Golf, enjoyed record support from the club’s members.

Tony Mitchell had special reasons to smile at the Saturday night presentation evening as earlier in the day he had led home the field in the main event of the week.

Mitchell had his handicap cut from 26 to 23 as a result of carding an impressive 43 points to lead the biggest ever field of 132 competitors in the Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver.

Meanwhile, best lady in the salver was Jenny Downes on 39 points, with Alice Barlow best junior with 34.

Running alongside the Stableford competition, was a scratch contest for the Carole List Goblet, which was won by Ben Uttridge with a four over part 73.

During the week, Mitchell had also picked up the Kiskadee Trophy on Thursday with partner Lynne Hart, who also got her hands on the winning sheet for being part of the team which won the Wednesday Stablelford team event.

Peter Philpott, club chairman, commenting on the success of the week, said: “Things could not have gone better. We aim to be an inclusive club and the festival shows just what that means.

“With eight events across six days everyone comes together to enjoy social golf.”

Other award winners were Delaney Scramble: James Fraser, Ted Clarkson, Alex Iveson and Alan Vince. Stableford: Tom King, Bob Ablitt, Frank Salt and Lynne Hart. Foxes and Rabbits: Ian Duncan. Kiskadee Trophy: Tony Mitchell and Lynne Hart. Cross Country: Eloise Aldous. Three Clubs and Putter: Andrew Johnson, Bill Havers and Stewart Steel. Carole List Goblet: Ben Uttridge.