Newton young guns fire way to semi

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Newton Green Golf Club youngsters are through to the semi-finals of the Suffolk inter-club, six-a-side team competition.

They followed up a win at Thorpness with a 5-1 defeat of Rushmere, Ipswich, in the quarter-finals at Newton Green.

The tournament is played off handicaps, and Newton’s only reversal was Ben Uttridge, who was six down to his opponent at one stage, but then managed to take the game to the last hole.

Making his debut in 
the team was 12-year-old Ben Tatum, who won his game 
on the last hole, despite 
conceding six shots.

The team success comes on the heels of individual junior open wins at Stoke-by-Nayland, Thorpness and Waldringfield by Alice Barlow, Jed Seeley and Connor Talbot.

Rushmere match results: Alice Barlow won 3&1 against Jordan Bloomfield; Ellie Aldous won 2up against Harry Burman; Tom King won 3&1 against Daniel Jennings; Harvey Watts won 2&1 against David Jennings; Ben Uttridge lost 2&1 against Jordan Godbold; Ben Tatum won 1up against Charlotte Woodage.

n After a five-year absence, Ian Woodhead is back as club champion at Newton Green.

His two-round score of 142 sees him holding the President’s Salver for the third time in the last decade, after winning by a three-shot margin from holder Russell Oakey.

To give more time in life to other interests, including playing golf, Woodhead recently stood down as the club’s junior golf guru, although he continues to fulfil a junior golf role at county level.

It seems to have paid dividends, because the non-playing captain of the club’s Hambro and Stenson teams saw a one-over-par morning round of 70, followed by 72 in the afternoon, reduce his handicap from four to three.