Hotshots hold their nerve to clinch Trophy final spot

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Schoolgirl golfing hotshots Alice Barlow and Ellie Aldous have rocketed Newton Green into the final of the Suffolk Ladies’ Haskell Trophy.

The England junior training squad duo have taken on and beaten yet another pair of Suffolk’s top women.

Newton are now into the final for the first time, and face either Aldeburgh or Hintlesham on August 18 on neutral ground.

Alice and Ellie dubbed – the “Allie Factor” – proved in the semi-final that their earlier victories, including beating Haskell holders Felixstowe in the quarter-finals, were no one-day wonders.

Taking advantage of the third home tie on the trot, the pair held their nerve to the very last hole of the scratch foursomes contest, where they finally edged out Ipswich Ladies’ Vicky Inglis and Sarah Saggers, who play off one and four.

Both are experienced county players, but Barlow, aged 14, and Aldous, 15, with handicaps of five and six, won 1up – just escaping the need to go down extra holes to decide the tie.

In the morning round the Newton girls raced into a four-hole lead after 14 holes, but they lost the next three to go into lunch 1up.

It seemed the more experienced Ipswich pair were getting the measure of the home youngsters, taking the lead on the 27th hole, but three holes later Newton had returned to 1up, with four to play.

The next two holes were halved and the home duo nearly settled it on the 35th (17th hole), but the putt of Aldous shaved the hole to extend the match to the par three 18th — with Ipswich needing a win to force extra holes.

Inglis, however, who had holed out convincingly all day, missed her short putt. A half in four was good enough to give Newton their passage into the final.

n Aldous finished eighth in the English Schools Girls’ Under-16 championship held in Lancashire at Bolton Old Links on Monday.

She was fourth after the morning round but, like many of the competitors, found conditions difficult, shooting a gross 90 after a respectable seven over par 80 in the morning.

With a handicap of six, she was in contention for a first three spot when the afternoon started but faded, finishing on 170.

Scratch handicap player Eloise Healey, of West Lancashire Golf Club, left the field in her wake with a winning total of 151, five over par.