There was double reason for Newton Green Golf Club to celebrate this week as both the men and women reached Suffolk semi-finals.
The women defeated holders Halesworth to reach the last four of the Cranworth Trophy, while the men saw off Fyn Valley in the quarter-finals of the Stenson Shield – Suffolk’s premier team competition.
A storming performance in singles matches enabled the men to move into the semi-finals of the Stenson — a competition they have never won.
Trailing 3-1 at lunch after the morning foursomes, Newton Green stormed back to win six of the eight singles and halve another to set up a clash against Southwold on neutral ground on August 24.
At Fynn Valley, Russell Oakey and Adam Woodhead were the only pair to come out on top in the morning and the former continued his good streak by leading the afternoon fightback, quickly posting a 6&5 victory.
Ian Ledieu, who had been on the bench for the morning, followed suit with a similar convincing win and Newton gradually overhauled the morning deficit.
Having completed 36 holes on a long, hard day in searing heat at Woodbridge, Newton’s women came out 6-3 winners against Halesworth, who had put Newton out on their way to the Cranworth final last year.
Newton won the event for the first time five years ago and are now one match from getting an opportunity to lift the trophy again.
In their path in the semi-finals will be Bury St Edmunds, with the six-member teams meeting at Haverhill on Thursday, August 22.
Leading 2.5-0.5 from the morning matches, although Newton lost their opening singles match, convincing wins with several holes to spare by Rebecca Evans and Leighann Wordley put them within half a point of the necessary five for victory.
Halesworth held on to ensure Newton could not claim outright success until the penultimate game involving the victorious Carol Durston reached the final hole.
n Fifteen-year-old Ellie Aldous has brought down the women’s course record at Newton Green Golf Club for the third time in a year.
Playing in the club’s 36-hole junior championship – open to girls and boys – she shot a first-round one-over-par 72 and, with a score of 78 in the second round, won the championship some four shots ahead of the club’s junior captain Jed Seeley, who plays off five.
Aldous’ handicap has now also been cut to five, with her new course record one below the 73 scored by both her and fellow England girls’ training squad member Alice Barlow in the club’s ladies’ championship a few weeks ago.
Both girls, who will compete in the Suffolk Haskell Trophy final on August 18, are now at Tiverton, Devon, playing in the four-round All England Girls’ Under-16 Championship.