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Newton’s junior stars look to recapture Haskell prize

Newton Green’s junior duo of Alice Barlow and Ellie Aldous are bidding to repeat the feat that put them on Suffolk’s golfing map three years ago.

As 15-year-olds they shook the local golfing world by winning the county’s 36-hole, Haskell Trophy.

Now, in their final season as juniors, they will be taking on Ipswich in this year’s event on Sunday, August 21.

Over the period since the 2013 first win, they have both graduated to the full Suffolk ladies’ side, and Barlow became county champion earlier in the summer.

Their route to this year’s final has seen them defeat Flempton, before demolishing the fancied Felixstowe duo of Amanda Norman and Hockley by 10&9, and a semi-final victory over the Bungay pairing of Lils James and Jenny Howlett by 7&6 at Stowmarket.

In the final, they will meet the Ipswich pairing of Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman, who beat Stowmarket’s Lily Kent and Lizzie Laflin 5&4 in the other semi-final.

It was Whyman that Barlow overcame in the final to win her Suffolk title earlier in the summer.

n Stoke-by-Nayland Golf, Spa and Hotel is set to welcome a new international event later this year after being announced as the host venue for the 20th Faldo Series Grand Final in October.

The showpiece event, recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls with 40 tournaments taking place in 30-plus countries across the world, will run over three days from October 11 on the Gainsborough championship golf course.

Six-time major winner Faldo himself will run clinics at the venue, which has experience in regularly hosting international, televised PGA and European Senior tour events, throughout the week.

The PGA will also be on hand, among many other experts, to advise players during the week on the many career paths within the game of golf. Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood will also be in attendance and available to share his expertise.

Susanna Rendall, managing director of the family-owned resort said: “We’re extremely proud to be working together with the Series in its 20th year.

“Sir Nick has been a leading light in providing opportunity to young people through golf for so many years and we’re keen to aid this effort. We hope the players will enjoy the experience of the Gainsborough course, and their stay with us in beautiful Constable Country for the week.”

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