Newton claim Hambro Cup with a very stylish display

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Newton Green powered their way to victory in the final of the Suffolk Hambro Cup with a 21-0 demolition of Ipswich
at Woodbridge.

It may have taken 42 years to regain the county club team handicap competition since their last success, but Newton put their name back on the trophy in style.

Leading by a narrow four holes after the morning foursomes, they turned up the heat to win by 17 holes in the afternoon, including an astonishing 10-hole victory as their final pair put the icing on the cake and underlined Newton’s superiority.

With their women and juniors already having put trophies on the shelf in their recent rise up the Suffolk golf ladder, the club needed their men to come to the party.

Last year they fell at the last fence as they narrowly missed winning the county Stenson team scratch final.

Reaching the Hambro handicap final gave them a second chance to nail their colours to the mast and they duly obliged with a 21-hole blitz against an Ipswich side able to draw from a selection of 60 players with handicaps of five or below.

Under the team captaincy of non-playing Ian Woodhead, who nurtured many of the young players now helping make the club a powerful force, Newton underlined they have the talent production line capable of further success.

The victory was achieved with three juniors in the 
squad and there are more waiting in the wings for future years.

However, it was the experienced pairing of Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman who once again put points on the board in both the morning and afternoon rounds to consolidate the team performance.

They were 4up in the morning and three more after the afternoon round.

The afternoon proceedings had been given the ideal start as the first pairing of Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts registered a four-hole win.

Ryan and Connor Talbot crossed the line all square before the Duthie-Bearman double act shut the door, and by the time Greg Hills and Jed Seeley completed the 10-hole demolition of their opponents the party had already begun.

Suffolk Golf Union vice-president Phil Platter handed Newton the cup.

Results: Morning: Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts all square with Daniel Hedges and Andrew Munrow; Ryan and Bob Talbot 2down to James Tyler and Gregor Tait; Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman 4up to Mark Thomas and Simon Godbold; Greg Hills and Connor Talbot 2up to Jordan Nelli and Graham Wardley. Afternoon: Oakey and Watts 4up to Hedges and Manro; Ryan and Connor Talbot all square with Thomas and Godbold; Duthie and Bearman 3up to Tyler and Tate; Hills and Jed Seeley 10up to Nelli and Wardley. Newton 21, Ipswich 0.

n Newly-promoted Newton Green Golf Club Ladies have consolidated their place in the top division of the Suffolk Weston League by taking third place behind winners Ipswich and second-placed Aldeburgh.

Previous teams promoted to the division, in a competition played off scratch by teams of five, have headed straight back down to the division below.

This year the Newton team has proved strong enough to hold its own, and clear of Hintlesham, plus relegated Bungay and Bury St Edmunds.