Newton Green youngsters do Suffolk proud
Newton Green Golf Club’s youngsters did Suffolk proud in the English Junior Champion Club final by finishing fourth out of 33 teams at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire.
Despite losing their lowest handicap player because of holiday commitments, the Newton trio were still good enough to come within a point of joint third in the 36-hole, two day event.
The title went to the Yorkshire club of Doncaster, with a Stableford score of 162, followed by Worlebury,Somerset 157, Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire 155, and Newton 154, who were a point ahead of fifth place Horsehay, Shropshire and Hereford.
Newton qualified by winning the Suffolk final against Ufford Park, and throughout their run had fielded an unchanged team of Harvey Watts, James Cooper and Oli Page.
However, single handicapper Watts was unavailable for the final, and 11-handicapper Kieron Sorrell stepped up to help in a solid team performance, which saw the Suffolk side retain the fourth place it achieved after the opening round.
The scoring format featured the two best scores over each of the four nine holes, and Page gave Newton a flying start with an impressive 25 points in his first nine, which also saw Sorrell score 19.
In the second nine, Cooper’s 17 and a further 16 from Page left the team in a strong overnight position.
The following day, Page struck with another 23 and 19 points, while Cooper and Sorrell dovetailed to score 21 and 20 respectively, and leave Newton just out of the top three.