Oakey reclaims President’s Salver with clinical display

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One handicapper Russell Oakey has regained the

36-hole President’s Salver championship at Newton Green Golf Club.

Former professional Oakey, who switched back to the amateur ranks three years ago, regained the title he lost to three-times holder Ian Woodhead a year ago.

He also celebrated by being called up to the Suffolk team for their Anglian League match against Cambridgeshire.

Oakey, who holds the course record of 65 at Newton, went round in level par 69 and then carded 71 in the afternoon to register a score of 141.

It was four shots ahead of fellow one-handicapper Ryan Talbot, who was on 145, and who shared the same score with up-and-coming Tom King, whose handicap was reduced from six to five as a result of his good showing.

Two 18-hole competitions held on the day saw Dave 
Lavelle win the mid-
handicap Harry Wordley Trophy with a gross 76, and Lee Underwood the Ian Woodhead Trophy for higher 
handicappers with a gross 84.

n The sun shone on the club’s annual Four Ball Better Ball Mixed Open, during which money was raised for the captains’ charity, Canine Partners.

Members Lizzie Johnson and Peter Philpott were victorious with 44 points on the day, from visitors Ann Graves (Woodbridge) and David Graves (Halesworth) with 41.

n Sixteen ladies were up with the dawn chorus and played in a breakfast meeting nine-hole Stableford, which was won by Sue Thurgate on countback from Tibby Mimpriss on 21 points.

n Ladies’ captain Thurgate led three teams over an 18-hole Stableford for her Alternate Day ladies’ day.

The winner was Jan Doe on 34 points, while non-alternative day ladies’ leaders were Lizzie Johnson (45) and Sheila Walter (44).

The nearest the pin on the 13th hole was also Johnson.

n The course became Newton-by-the Sea for Thurgate’s Ladies’ Captain’s Day, and 56 players could have thought they were on the east coast with cold wind blowing.

Thurgate was greeted with her buggy decorated as a reminder of her time at Butlins.

Members were only too keen to support with their snorkels and surf boards.

Even the new first tee starter’s shelter became a lifeguard hut, and the only thing missing was the candyfloss.

Following 36 holes of American Foursomes, the winners were Sylvia North and Gwyneth Ferreira with 46 points, with Tibby Mimpriss and Di Cunningham second on 42 on countback from Adrienne Hughes and Celia Brand.

A nine-hole Stableford was won by Sylvia Tillotson on count-back from Jeannine Stephens (see results and fixtures for full results of all competitions).