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Geoff Challacombe, Alan Vince, Andy Dodds and Ken Mazdon

Awards representing 80 years’ service as trustees were presented when Newton Green Golf Club celebrated its successes over the last year.

Four trustees, Ken Mazdon, Alan Vince, Geoff Challacombe and Andy Dodds have relinquished their positions as the members’ club has moved to incorporated status.

Directors now take over the responsibilities of the trustees, and chairman Peter Philpott presented inscribed glass bowls to the long-serving trustees.

In reviewing the year, he said: “Newton Green is in a very strong position, both in respect to its playing standards and facilities. In recent times the club has invested heavily in the course, which has resulted in a significant increase in visitors.

“On top of this, the last few months have seen us ploughing in around £90,000 to completely refurbish the bar and dining areas, as well as transforming the road network with block paving, landscaping and re-organising parking arrangements.“

The evening of celebration also included marking the juniors becoming Suffolk team champions for the third year, as well as winning the team award at the county junior stroke play final. They went on to finish sixth out of 30 teams in the national club final.

Also during the year the women reached the final of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy, while Ben Tawell won both the spring and autumn meetings of the East Anglia Golf Managers’ Association, which meant he also retained the organisation’s Dick Burn Trophy.


   Suffolk winners - Oli Page, Harvey Watts and  Ben Tatum                      

   Ben Tawell


A large field of 80 players took to the links at Newton Green for the annual match between the ladies’ and senior men’s sections.

Up for grabs was the much sought after miniature water closet trophy, with the men getting the better of the opposition to retain the porcelain piece.

With 40 players per side playing in four-ball, better ball Stableford, the men registered 12 wins, the women five and three games were halved.

The sections take it in turn hosting the event each year, and women’s captain Rebecca Evans presented the trophy to seniors captain John Ford.



Rebecca Evans and John Ford

2017 Junior Open


Habebul Islam became the latest in a distinguished line of young players to become the holder of the Newton Green Junior Open title.

The 16-year-old from Ipswich, who now plays off plus-one, took the scratch prize as he recorded a two over par 71.

Islam, who is now being home taught to give him time to develop his game further, was one shot ahead of Callum Hensby (Stoke-by-Nayland), who plays off three, with a 72. This was the same score as the current Suffolk junior match play champion, Newton’s Harvey Watts, now off two.

A considerable headache for the organisers was the number of players misunderstanding how to score according to the rules of golf, which necessitated at least one possible disqualification being referred by telephone to England Golf.

There were 12 juniors playing off single figures. The only girl in the division, Fioana Stokes (Haverhill), playing off seven, won the nett prize with 69, beating Hensby on count back. Watts was third.

Higher handicappers played in Stableford divisions, with Henry Meadows, of Bury St Edmunds winning division one, and Newton’s Nathan Willett, winning the 20-plus handicap division two.

The Haverhill duo of Stokes and James Iron won the Aldous team cup, with Eloise Aldous, the Suffolk girls’ junior organiser, presenting the trophy on behalf of her family. The winners also receive a free year’s membership at Newton.

Newton men’s captain Gareth Evans presented the rest of the awards in a day organised by club professional Tim Cooper.

Results: Scratch championship, 71 Habebul Islam (Ipswich), 72 (ocb) Callum Hensby (Stoke-by-Nayland), 72 Harvey Watts (Newton).

Division 1, 36 (ocb) Henry Meadows (Bury St Edmunds), 36 Isaac Thoombs (Stoke-by-Nayland), 35 Georgina Parker (Bury St Edmunds).

Division 2, 38 (ocb) Nathan Willett, 38 Callum Hughes (Fynn Valley), 30 Natham Thompson (Stoke-by-Nayland).


Habebul Islam (second from right) with other prize winners



Fiona Stokes and James Iron (Haverhill) with Eloise Aldous


Dog Walkers.......


Some dog walkers who use private parts of the golf course (not the village green) are putting themselves at risk, says the club.

By recently introducing new internal signage warning players of the presence of walkers using legitimate paths across the course, the club has strengthened its resolve to respect users of the paths.

There are two legitimate public footpaths across the 80 acres of private ground which make up the newer part of the course. They are clearly signposted.

Any people who attempt to use other routes, particularly inside perimeter hedging, are trespassing and putting themselves at risk of being struck by flying golf balls.

A club spokesman explained: “A golf course can be a very dangerous place, and particularly when people are suddenly appearing from unexpected directions. If these areas are nowhere near a designated public path, walkers are putting themselves at risk.”

In order to eliminate any possible confusion regarding dog walking within the private part of the course, the club is also asking its own members, who sometimes walk with their dogs within the area, to desist from doing so.

The spokesman continued: “Reluctantly, we are asking our members who sometimes walk their dogs randomly on the course to cease the practice. Other dog walkers, particularly newcomers to Newton, see them doing this and think they have a right to do the same, which is not the case.

“The club fully supports the rights of the public to walk their dogs on the 44 acres of village green, which makes up the old part of the course, and which is rented from the Newton Green Trust.

“The club acknowledges a very delicate balance of co-operation is necessary to maintain the rights of villagers, and also allow golfers to enjoy their sport. To this end, the club has recently invested in extra signage for the benefit of walkers, motorists and golfers.

“A proactive policy is in force to warn members and visitors to the club to be aware of walkers and motorists crossing the green, with a requirement to report all hits, near misses or complaints involving others on the green.

“It is recognised residents of Newton generally restrict their walking to public roads and the outer perimeters of the green. Partly because of this spirit of co-operation the club is pleased to pay the village via the trust a recently improved rent.”


Ladies Cranworth 2017 Final


A narrow, but deserved, 5 – 4 win saw Woodbridge hold off Newton Green from recording a hat-trick of final wins against them in the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy at Diss.

Newton won the morning foursomes 2 – 1, but Woodbridge came back strongly, with victory in the last singles match on the course seeing them home on the 17th hole. Woodbridge had twice been beaten by the same opponents in finals in the last decade.

They overcame a blow when they had to concede one of the three morning foursomes. Susie Whymark took a tumble on the eighth, which resulted in her suffering a fractured hand and being taken to hospital.

At the time, the Newton due of Sue Cooper and Adrienne Hughes were holding a three-up lead against Whymark and partner Jill Scott Nicholls, and Woodbridge had to concede. However, as a result of a new ruling this year, they were able to stay on course with a full turn out in the afternoon  singles. The competition now allows clubs to field six from a squad of eight to take account of such an eventuality.

In the other foursomes, Pam MacBride and Sheila Burgess won one up against Janet Sparks and Vivien Lister, while Liz Piercy and Anne Truman were defeated 2 & 1 by Newton’s Rosie Jackson and Gwyneth Ferreira.

Despite losing the opening singles match in the afternoon, the Woodbridge middle order performed strongly.  With the match poised on 4 -4, captain Pam McBride needed a half from one of the last two holes against Tibby Mimpriss to ensure a Woodbridge win. This she duly achieved victory with a win on the 17th as the Newton player conceded before reaching the green.

The trophy was presented to MacBride by Suffolk Ladies president Hermione Scrope.

Foursomes: Pam MacBride and Sheila Burgess won one up to Janet Sparks and Viviene Lister, Jill Scott Nichols and Susie Whymark conceded  to Sue Cooper and Adrienne Hughes 14 down, Liz Piercy and Anne Truman lost 2 & 1 to Rosie Jackson and Gwyneth Ferreira.

Singles: Burgess lost 2 & 3 to Cooper, Nichols won 4 & 2 to Jackson, Anette Llewllyn won 3 & 1 to Sparks, Kate Symonds won 3 & 1 to Carol Durston, McBride won 3 & 1 to Tibby Mimpriss, Piercy lost 5 & 3 to Ferreira.

Newton Green Ladies Open 2017


Rebecca Evans (front left, kneeling) with the Playgolf team, along with Diss (back left) and Haverhill (back right)

Only two points separated the top three teams in the Newton Green Women’s Open, and first place was decided on count back.

The annual event attracted a full house, with 72 players from Hunstanton to mid Essex taking part on a slightly cloudy, but otherwise perfect day for golf.

It was record 18 team turn-out for the event, and top spot went to a line-up from Playgolf, Colchester, whose Stableford score of 106 saw them home on count back from Diss, with Haverhill third with 104.

Prizes were presented by Newton women’s captain Rebecca Evans.


106 Rosina Cole, Jeanette Shae, Janet Blackmore and Caria Holroyd (Playgolf), 106 ocb Sarah Gotts, Sam Edwards, Roz Ford and Rebecca Draper (Diss), 104 Norma Humphrey, Linda Alexander, Mary Sail and Gerry Wheatley (Haverhill).

 Front nine: 49 Jan McLellan, Jan Wright, Helen Barr and Lyn Lawrence (Frinton). Back nine: 53 Ann Graves, Paulette Brook, Jeanette Longman and Lori Sage (Woodbridge).

Longest drive: Catherine Craddock (Brett Vale). Nearest pin: Ann Barker (Gosfield).


Fun Day Success


A FUN golf day at Newton Green exceeded expectations with a wide display of interest from potential new members.

Ian Woodhead, membership chairman, said double the anticipated number turned up to take part in a wide variety of light-hearted golfing activities, with participants ranging from toddlers upwards.

He commented: “I was amazed when we saw the numbers turning up. Our aim of introducing people of all ages to golf, giving them free lessons and letting them enjoy the facilities we have to offer was fully achieved.

“At various times there were more than 100 enjoying simple tasks like chipping into a paddling pool or through various targets stretching 300 yards down the 10th fairway, and they finished by putting on a proper green at the end.

“The feedback was very positive, with several juniors signing up for coaching sessions, and adults enthusiastic of what we have to offer in the way of membership.”

Another Title For Harvey


Colin Firmin with Harvey Watts

Harvey Watts, who plays off two, has continued his purple patch by retaining the Suffolk Junior Matchplay title at Bury St Edmunds.

The Newton Green 17-year-old beat Bungay and Waveney Valley’s Conal Downing as his opponent finally crumbled on the last hole of a closely fought encounter.

The pair were level going up the last hole, but Downing’s wayward tee shot meant he could not recover to snatch the title from Watts, having to concede the hole.

Earlier in the day, by a similar margin, Watts had had beaten Alfie Halil of Flempton in the semi-finals, and the previous day in the first round put out James Iron of Haverhill 8 & 6, before getting through the quarter finals with an extra hole, play-off win against Max Adams, of Bury St Edmunds.

Watts, who became joint course record holder at his home club a few weeks ago, was in the Newton team which finished sixth out of 30 teams in the recent England junior team championships at Woodhall Spa, and will be young enough to try and win the county title for a third time next year.

He received the trophy from Suffolk county president Colin Firmin.


In the Final of the Cranworth


Vivienne Lister, Sarah Williams, Janet Sparks, Sally Cade (non playing captain), Tibby Mimpriss, Sue Cooper, Sue Thurgate, Rosie Jackson and Adrienne Hughes


Tibby Mimpriss held her nerve to record a nail-biting singles win fightback and see Newton Green women into the final of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy.

The 26-handicapper, playing her first season in the competition, stormed back in her last few holes after being three down mid-way through the last match on the course in the semi-final against Gorleston at Fynn Valley.

It had looked curtains for Newton, with matches level at four each, and Gorleston’s Rosemary Woodgate leading Mimpriss at the half-way stage of their match.

However, the Newton player fought back strongly and, with three holes left, she was on terms, and then won the 16th and 17th to give her a 2 and 1 victory.

In the morning foursomes, Newton led 2 – 1, but Gorleston opened the afternoon singles with a win. Victories for Sue Cooper and Sue Thurgate put Newton ahead 4 – 2, but reversals in the next two matches left Mimpriss to deliver the knock-out blow.

Newton now seek to win the trophy for the third time in a decade, the previous two final successes being  against Woodbridge, who are again encountered in this year’s final at Diss on September 28.

Foursomes: Janet Sparks and Vivien Lister beat Jack Walsh and Sue Smith 4 & 3. Sue Cooper and Adrienne Hughes lost to Rosemary Woodhouse and Linda Jones one down. Rosie Jackson and Sarah Williams beat Maureen Dark and Jayne Standen 3 & 2.

Singles: Sparks lost to Walsh 2 & 1, Jackson lost to Jones 3 & 2, Cooper beat Dark 3 & 2, Sue Thurgate beat Victoria Watson 6 & 5, Mimpriss beat Woodhouse 2 & 1, Hughes lost to Vera Woolnough 6 & 5.



Harvey Watts, Ben Tatum and Oli Page

With the tough course taking its toll on many players, Newton Green rose from 13th to joint sixth in the final day of the England Junior Club team championships at Woodhall Spa.

Ben Tatum and Harvey Watts for the second day running managed to produce good scores, enabling the Suffolk representatives to finish in their highest place in the last three years in which the club has represented the county.

Tatum’s 38 points set the team standard for the week on the first day, with Watts and Oli Page both scoring 30.

The two best scores each day counted, and on the following day Watts registered 36 and Tatum 34.

Individually, out of a field of 90 players, Tatum was 10th and Watts 28th.

All three players continue to qualify next year for trying to win the Suffolk team title and so reach the national event once more.


More than 500 entrants over six days again made the annual Jonathan Lambert Festival of Golf a big success at Newton Green Golf Club.

The week was given a major send off in the form of a veteran vehicle show, specially staged to mark the 110th birthday of the club.

It was followed by a wide range of social golf matches aimed at embracing the whole club. It finished on Saturday night with golf week chairman Dora George hosting a presentation party after more than 120 golfers had taken by the Jonathan Lambert silver salver.

A record 92 players for a shot gun start at Newton opened the 18-hole events for Tuesday’s Delaney Scramble, and a contingent just short of that number battled round as rain dominated the following days Stableford competition. With a justifiably unfavourable forecast for later in the day, a Foxes and Rabbits event had already been cancelled.

The clouds gradually lifted for the rest of the week, and 12-handicapper Tim Richardson, with 42 points, put his name on the Saturday salver after previous near misses in other years.

Generally, a blustery wind and a testing course set up, made scoring tough, although Alex Iveson managed to take the junior award with 39, including 26 on the back nine, and Gwyneth Ferreira the women’s best score with 35.

In the gross score division, Alice Barlow’s 71 gave her a one shot lead over Carl Amos

Cross Country: 14 Gareth Evans, 12 Doug O’Hara, 11 Steve Knappett.

Denaley Scramble: Amanda Rush, Susan Sills, Tim Richardson and Alan Vince.

Stableford: George Bullett, Chris Williams, Sue Lockwood and Alex Iveson. Best Whag, Les Gridley; gent, Roger Hermiston; woman, Amanda Rush; junior Alex Iveson.

Kiskadee: Sylvia Davis and Jamie Walter.

Par Three: 26 Steve Knappett, 23 Peter Scott, 22 Chris Williams.

Three clubs and putter: Terry Scurr, Nick Thomson and Adrienne Hughes.

Jonathan Lambert Centenary Salver: 42 Tim Richardson; best women 35 Gwyneth Ferreira; best junior 39 Alex Iveson. Best gross score, 71 Alice Barlow.




TEENAGER Harvey Watts has equalled the men's course record at Newton Green

Playing in a club Stableford event, the 17-year-old went round in a six under par 63, three shots better than his previous best. He recorded seven birdies and one bogey, and his handicap has been reduced from three to two.

Playing with him and marking his card was Jed Seeley, the current record holder. The pair were playing together last year when Seeley set the current record, which is the best recorded by any amateur or professional player at the course.

Watts is in the three-strong team of Newton players who recently retained the Suffolk junior team title, and who represent the county in the national club team championships at Woodhall Spa on August 14 and 15.

In the national event last year Watts registered a hole-in-one, and his team mate again this year will be will be Ben Tatum, plus Suffolk under 16 captain Ollie Page.


Vintage cars and other vehicles proved a big attraction as Newton Green Golf Club celebrated its 110th birthday in style.

Members and guests turned out on a sunny afternoon to enjoy the sight of rare vehicles all owned by members and their friends.

Although not the oldest vehicle on display, the 1934 Austin taxi which for decades was used to transport Sudburians – along with Royalty and Winston Churchill – to important engagements, proved a popular attraction.

The vehicle, which is still in the ownership of its original family, has 522,523 miles on its milometer, and golfer Di Cunningham won £50 as the person closest to guessing the reading.

With music from the Victory Jazz Band, a display of golf memorabilia and cream teas, the day provided a splendid opening to the club’s annual golf week.


Carol Durston, Timmy Mimpriss, Vivien Lister, Rosie Jackson, Sue Cooper

Adrienne Hughes, Sally Cade (non-playing captain), Gwyneth Ferreira, Sheila Walter

Newton Green Golf Club ladies are into the semi-finals of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy after beating Bury St Edmunds at Woodbridge.

Newton has won the trophy twice in the last decade, and were up 2.5 to .5 in the morning foursomes, and finished comfortable overall winners by 7- 2 after a successful afternoon in the singles. They now play Gorleston at Fynn Valley on August 24 in the last four.

With the buffer of a comfortable morning lead, it looked as if Newton would score a runaway win after the opening afternoon singles were won by comfortable 4 & 2 and 5 & 4 margins.

However, the next four singles were tight, and it was not until the closing holes that Newton claimed more successes to extinguish a brave fight to the wire by Bury.

Foursomes (Newton names first): Rosie Jackson and Gwyneth Ferreira halved with Jane Hurst and Sue Brinkley, Sue Cooper and Adrienne Hughes won one up to Heather Chandler and Jacky Watson, Sheila Walter and Vivien Lister won two up to Clare Sykes and Tracy Claydon.

Singles: Jackson beat Sylvia Jarvis 4 & 3, Cooper beat Hurst 5 & 4, Carol Durston won two up to Chandler, Walter lost two down to Sykes, Tibby Mimpriss won 2 & 1 to Claydon, Ferriera halved with Jenny Seisun.

James Cooper - 2017 Junior Scratch Champion

James Cooper won the Newton Green Junior Club Championship by one shot from Harvey Watts and Kieran Sorrell.

James and Harvey were tied at lunch with one over par scores of 70 with Kieran third with 74, poor weather conditions all day made the conditions difficult with wind and rain throughout the day. The afternoon saw Kieran Sorrell produce a great round of 71 with Harvey scoring 75, James then holed out from 6 feet on the final green to win by one shot with an afternoon score of 74 and a two round total of 144.

Junior Champion: James Cooper 144

Runners up: Harvey watts 145

Kieran Sorrell 145

2017 Junior Championship Shield


Max Toombs winner of the Junior Championship Shield.

Normally played over 18 holes the juniors this year played 36 holes alongside the Club Championship with Max winning with two fine net scores of

66 and 69.



Newton Green Golf Club juniors have pulled off a remarkable hat-trick by becoming Suffolk junior team champions again.

It means they go forward to represent the county in the national county team championships for the third consecutive year.

They will be playing at Woodhall Spa, the headquarters of England Golf, on August 14 and 15.

Newton took on their toughest final opponents to date when they faced the powerful Ipswich Golf Club at Bury St Edmunds, but came home by a single shot in a high quality encounter.

The dramatic win by 108 to 107 Stableford points was sealed in the final game on the last green. Had Ollie Page (handicap seven) not sunk his five foot putt on the 18th against Ryan Goodizi (9), the match would have gone into a play-off.

But Page, who earlier fought off a dazzling array of shots by Goodizi, who returned figures five below his handicap, won the last hole with a birdie.

Both players were in trouble with their third shots, leaving them 80 yards from the hole. But Goodizi came expertly out of a bunker and Page flew over a tree to finish close to the pin. The Ipswich player missed his putt and Page put Newton’s name on the trophy. Page had scored 34 to his opponent’s 41 points.

In the other matches, Ipswich scratch player Habebul Islam scored an impressive 38 points, but was closely chased by Newton four-handicapper Harvey Watts on 36.

In the middle match, Newton’s Ben Tatum (5) was too strong for his opposite number Will Garland (11) winning 38 – 28.

Newton won without previous round performer James Cooper (4) who was unavailable and will also miss the final.

The trophy was presented to Newton by Suffolk junior section chairman Trevor Mason.




AN 80-year-old taxi which performed a unique role in a town’s transport history is to make a rare public appearance. Elsie Elliston carried King George V1 and Winston Churchill to hush-hush, war-time engagements in the Sudbury area in her six-cylinder, 16hp Austin taxi.

As a riding school owner, she always wore jodhpurs and a riding jacket when driving. Numerous brides were transported to weddings, and many mums-to-be were rushed to hospital in the vehicle. Elsie died more than a quarter of a century ago, but the taxi is still in the ownership of her family.

On August 6 her son-in-law Pat Morton shows it at Newton Green Golf Club for a 110th anniversary event. He has never previously shown the car, although it has seen service at a few family celebrations, such as weddings.

The old car still has its original engine. It has had one re-bore.  Purchased from Mann Eggerton, of Ipswich, in 1936, it has travelled in excess of 500,000 miles – although Elsie reputedly never exceeded 30 mph! It was bought for £301 and was insured in its first year with the Prudential for £17.50.

Mr Morton retains the original log book and show room brochure. He said: “It only needs turning over a couple of times for it to start. The family is pleased it has been able to hold on to a vehicle of such historic importance to the Sudbury area.

“Elsie took King George V1 from Sudbury railway station to Acton airfield when he came to visit injured servicemen, and carried Winston Churchill when he came to the area during the war.”

Mr Morton said the car had also transported a few unusual items in connection with Elsie’s riding stable. Once, she acquired a Shetland pony for her grandson and brought it home tethered in the vehicle’s rear foot well.  However, she refused to allow its use in TVs Dad’s Army because she feared it would be damaged.

People who had travelled to their weddings or other special occasions in the vehicle would be welcome to visit the show and have their pictures taken with the car.

Interviewed for a local history profile in 1992, Elsie said: “I did a lot of driving during the war. I used to drive servicemen back to their bases late at night, and also went up to London a lot. I knew the North Circular like the back of my hand. I’ve just had the one car, and it has done the equivalent of going round the world 25 times.

“Every time I came home at night - it might have been raining or snowing - I would wash or wipe it down, and look to see if anyone had dropped a cigarette inside. I did all the maternity jobs in Sudbury because women would prefer to have a woman driver. And I did most of the weddings too – I had some lovely class work.”



TWO players enjoyed outstanding rounds as they set new personnel records in the Newton Green Golf Club ladies’ championships.

Alice Barlow sent her course record tumbling again to retain the scratch title for the third year, and ladies captain Rebecca Evans saw her handicap cut by three as she won the nett score title.

Barlow’s previous record set in May was a three under par 68, but in the first round of the championship she registered seven birdies in a round of 66, and then scored a further seven birdies in the afternoon for a 67. Her 36-hole score was seven under par, and left her well clear of the rest of the field.

The two rounds enabled Barlow to reduce her handicap to scratch, and she commented: “I am over the moon with the way I played, especially as I had to pull out of two national competitions the previous week with an elbow injury, and had to play with a support on my arm.”

Meanwhile, in the handicap event, Rebecca Evans returned scores of 88 and 80 off a handicap of 19, which saw her cut to 16 by the end of the day. Her nett 130 left her one shot ahead of Barlow.

Gross scores: 133 Alice Barlow, 168 Rebecca Evans, 172 Sally Cade, 178 Andrea Thompson, Cate Fraser, 179 Lizzie Johnson, 185 Jan Doe, 189 Rosie Jackson, 190 Sue Lockwood,.

Nett: 130 Rebecca Evans, 131 Alice Barlow, 143 Lizzie Johnson, Jan Doe and Carol Durston, 148 Cate Fraser, Sally Cade, 150 Sue Lockwood, 153 Adrienne Hughes, 154 Andrea Thompson.



Jed Seeley has retained the Newton Green Golf Club championship title with a level par score in the 36-hole event.

Scratch golfer Seeley holds the course record at 63 for 18 holes, and had a one over par on 70 in his morning round. The round had started with five birdies in seven holes. His course record looked in danger, but Seeley could not keep up the blistering opening.

Close behind him in the morning by one shot was Simon Bearman, but he slipped to a 74 after lunch, while Seeley was recording a one under second round 68.

Former champion Russell Oakey, who had scored 74 in the morning, came home with a one under par 68 in the afternoon for second place, which allowed him to edge out Bearman by one shot.

Scores: 138 Jed Seeley, 144 Russell Oakey, 145 Simon Bearman, 147 James Cooper, 149 Tom King, 153 Ian Woodhead, 154 Max Hemson, 158 BenTatum, 165 Kieron Sorrell.


A new bench inscribed "Sit with me while on the tee" has been unveiled beside the eighth tee at Newton Green Golf Club in memory of the late John Walsh.


To mark the ceremony, his widow Pat cut a blue ribbon draped across the seat.



"On a beautiful sunny Monday morning the Old and Bold and the Ladies competed in the annual Challenge Trophy over 10 holes. This was, as always, a very pleasant and sociable occasion with 20 Ladies and 20 Old and Bold playing a 4 Ball, Better Ball Stableford, which the Ladies won comfortably by 24 holes.


After a very enjoyable lunch in the marquee, Adrian Amos, the Old and Bold Captain presented the trophy to Rebecca Evans, the Ladies Captain for retention by the ladies for yet another year, "


Newton Green juniors are bidding to represent Suffolk in the national junior team finals for the third year in a row.

They meet the powerful Ipswich in the county final at Bury St Edmunds on July 15.

Newton has won the previous two finals, enabling them to enjoy appearances in the national finals.    On each occasion they have acquitted themselves well.

To reach this year’s county final they beat Bury St Edmunds 111 to 102 at Hintlesham, with James Cooper scoring 40 Stableford points, Ben Tatum 39 and Harvey Watts 32.


Ben Tatum, Harvey Watts and James Cooper




Residents of a Suffolk village are achieving a new deal that gives them access to parts of a local golf course that have previously been “out of bounds.”

A new Villager Plus membership has been agreed between trustees responsible for a 44 acre green forming part of the 18-hole Newton Green Golf Club.

Residents can play the long-established holes on the village green for free, but have to pay if they want to swing their way round the remaining 80-acres, which were developed 25 years ago on land leased for 125 years from farmer and club president Michael Oliver.

The golf club has been using the green side of the course for 110 years, and for several decades paid residents a bag of coal per household as rent.

The formation of a trust a few years ago reinforced proper monetary payments. As part of latest negotiations, the club is increasing its contributions to the trust, and the parties have agreed on the new Villager Plus membership.

Residents will pay half the prevailing seven-day membership fee to play all 18 holes, although access to the new side of the course will have restrictions. Play will be available from 12.30 pm on Saturdays and 10.30 am other times. Free golf for residents continues on the village green holes.

Peter Philpott, club chairman, said “If the village players wish to gain handicaps, play in competitions and have voting rights they will have to become full members – and many already do. Village users will continue to enjoy all amenities offered by the club.

“To gain Villager Plus status, residents effectively have to pay £377, and the club will be sharing half that figure with the trust administering the green, which means both the club and the village benefits.”

A condition of Villager Plus membership means taking part in an introductory, one hour,  off-course session with club professional Tim Cooper.




Newton Green golfer Alice Barlow has helped Suffolk women reach the final of the prestigious English County Championships.

During five days of golf at Hunstanton, Suffolk remained unbeaten against several teams that generally dominate the contest.

As an extra incentive, for the first time in many years the national final will be staged in Suffolk, with the event at Felixstowe on September 17-22.

Having enhanced her reputation by recently retaining the Suffolk women’s county champion title, 18-year-old Alice Barlow was involved in most of the county’s five days of play in the Eastern final.

Suffolk started with a draw against Essex, and then beat Bedfordshire 5.5 to 4.5, before drawing against the highly-rated Norfolk. A convincing 8.5 to .5 win over Cambridgeshire put Suffolk top f the table, but to make certain of the title had to win their final match against Hertfordshire, which they duly achieved 5.5 to 3.5.

Among events Alice Barlow will be competing in before September is the England Women’s Amateur Championship from July 18-20.


Cranworth Success


Newton Green women are through to the quarter finals of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy after a convincing victory over Seckford at Fynn Valley.

In the next round they play Bury St Edmunds at Woodbridge on July 27.

In the second round against Seckford, Newton was 2 – 1 up after the morning foursomes, but then strode home with victories in four of the six afternoon singles. The final score was 6.5 to 2.5 to Newton.

Foursomes (Newton names first): Sue Cooper and Adrienne Hughes one up to Bev Versey and Heather Beynon, Jill Symonds and Vivien Lister 3 & 2 down to Joan Cook and Mel Curle, Sheila Walter and Gwyneth Ferreira 8 & 7 up to Linda Arnold and Helena McDougall.

Singles: Cooper won 6 & 5 to Versey, Carol Durston won one up to Cook, Walter won 2 & 1 to Beynon, Tibby Mimpriss lost 5 & 3 to Curle, Ferreira won 5 & 3 to McDougall, Hughes halved with Amanda Quinsea.


Stenson Exit


Newton Green came close to gaining a play off before going down to Woodbridge in the Suffolk Stenson Shield.

A missed 18 inch putt on the last hole in the penultimate singles match, which had it been converted would have given Newton a win rather than halved match, was the difference in the sides.

In the last game, two holes behind, Newton’s Ben Tawell was two up, and had he completed his round with a win, the sides would have been tied – but for that missed 18 inch putt.

However, as the match could not be won, Tawell’s game was terminated and declared a half, which enabled Woodbridge to finish 7-5 victors.

For Newton, Russell Oakey, Mike Polley and Jed Seeley all registered wins in the singles, with halves for Tawell and Harvey Watts, and reversals for Ian Woodhead, Ben Tatum and James Cooper.

In the morning foursomes Woodbridge gained a 3 – 1 lead, with Oakey and Watts being Newton’s only victors.


Hambro Defeat for Newton


Newton Green is out of the Suffolk Hambro Cup – one of seven out of eight teams who could not conquer away team disadvantage in the second round.

They went down fighting at Haverhill, where the home side enjoyed a commanding 13-hole lead at lunch, which the visitors managed to reduce to 12 by the end of the day.

Newton’s leading pairing of Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts were turned over by seven holes in the morning and five in the afternoon.

The Haverhill pairing of Andy Underwood and Andy Fish struck with several birdies and an eagle. Five handicapper Underwood was on fire, with his length off the tee and accuracy resembling a five-plus handicap player – and Oakey and Watts also had to concede three shots.

Newton scores.

Morning: Oakey and Watts lost seven down, Bearman and Cooper lost two down, Polley and Evans lost five down, Seeley and Tawell won one up.

Afternoon: Oakey and Watts lost five down, Bearman and Cooper won three up, Polley and Woodhead won four up, Seeley and Evans lost one down.

Ian Woodhead, Mike Polley, Simon Bearman and Russell Oakey

Gareth Evans, Jed Seeley, Harvey Watts and James  Cooper




Golfers on a Suffolk course have witnessed the ultimate – three birdies in a row.

It did not occur on the fairways or greens of Newton Green Golf Club, but in one of the two barn owl boxes the nature wise club has installed beside one of its fairways.

The three baby little owls were recently gently removed from their box by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, tagged and put back in their nesting place.

Martin Brightwell, head greenkeeper, said: “We installed the boxes three years ago, and in the second year in one of them we had four baby barn owls, which were tagged by the trust.

“Now we have had three little owls in the same box. The second box has attracted only squirrels, and it is being relocated.

“The wildlife trust is hoping it might be able to trace some of our four barn owls from last year. I would be interesting to know how far they have spread.”

Three birdies in a row at Newton Green


Beaumont Defeat



Newton Green seniors suffered a narrow three-hole home defeat to Bury St Edmunds in the second round of the Suffolk Beaumont Trophy.

It was the second year the teams had faced each other in the contest, in which Bury went on to lose in the semi-finalists last year.  On that occasion in the early round they beat Newton by six holes.

This year, in terms of matches it was 2 -2, but a seven-hole win in the third game helped edge the visitors home.

Scores. Newton names first: Andrew Johnson and Ted Clarkson beat Barry Storey and Colin Gray two up, Mike Hawkins and Nick Smith lost three down to Alex Clarke and Steve Flint, Steve Street and Harry Wordley lost seven down to Steve Beaman and Graham Smith, Ian Duncan and Brian Joy won five up to John Cauldwell and Steve MacClellan.


Newton, back row: Andrew Johnson, Steve Street, Nick Smith, Ted Clarkson, Mike Hawkins, Ian Duncan. Front row:    Clive Bloom (non- playing captain), Harry Wordley, Brian Joy and Frank Salt.



A decorated buggy literally allowed athletic Rebecca Evans the chance to give fellow golfers the run-around at her captain’s day.

The Newton Green golfer, who is also on the Suffolk women’s golf committee, has twice run the London Marathon, and her buggy was draped with running shoes and other sporting apparel.

Rebecca marshalled the course in the buggy as members played a Delaney scramble, with the following results: 1 Sarah Woodhead, Laura Lowe and Pat Hawkins 73.1, Auriol Round Turner-Turner, Andrea Thompson and Tibby Mimpriss 73.6, Julie Boast, Jan Doe and Mary Jenkins 74.4.

Captain’s day winners


Gareth Evans, Mary and Paul Whittle.


Newton Green Golf Club has honoured a former stalwart on the same day members played for a new trophy in his name.

Builder Jimmy Whittle was the lynch pin behind a number of club house expansion  phases following Newton’s development from nine to 18 holes more than a quarter of a century ago.

He also took a leading role in assisting in the development of the extended course, and served a term as club captain.

Following his passing last year, his son Paul, a former single handicap player at the club, presented a trophy in his father’s honour.  Now, members have competed for the Jimmy Whittle trophy in a pairs competition.

At the same time, the club has renamed one of the rooms built by Jimmy. It has been remodelled as a stud bar and named Jimmy’s Room.

Jimmy’s widow, Mary, along with Paul, and club men’s captain Gareth Evans, raised a toast under the sign honouring the former club stalwart.

The first winner of the Jimmy Whittle Trophy with 45 Stableford points was Kevin Levett and Nick Smith, followed by Mick Gronland and John Sherman 44, Harry Wordley and Ben Tawell 43, and Craig Rollinson and Paul Pengelly 42.

Kevin Levett, Paul Whittle and Nick Smith

Golf day at Newton Green benefits Junior section


A golf day at Newton Green raised more than £700 to help boost work with the club's successful junior section.Teams of four competed, with the two best Stableford scores counting.

The winning team, pictured above left to right, was Neal Watts, Kevin Levett, Mark Delves and Simon Cruse.

They scored 88 points.


Left to right: Tibby Mimpriss, Rosie Jackson, Adrienne Hughes, Sue Cooper, Gwyneth Ferriera, Carol Durston, Liz Ward and Sheila Walter.  

Newton Green women are through to the second round of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy.

Twice winners of the competition in the last decade, they defeated Southwold by 7.5 games to 1.5 on neutral ground at Seckford.

Newton were 2 -1 up at lunchtime after the three foursomes matches, and then overpowered Southwold in the singles, winning five matches and halving one.

In the next round at Fynn Valley on June 22 they will meet Seckford, who were 5-4 first round winners over Hintlesham.



When golfer Russell Lydford transports equipment to his local club, he has the ultimate in buggy transport.

With his clubs in the back, the Newton Green Golf Club member turns heads when driving his immaculate, half-ton 1946 Chevrolet pick-up into the car park.

The site, if the not roar of the truck’s  3.6 litre, straight six engine, which gives 18 miles to the gallon, can hardly be ignored.

The Sudbury heating and plumbing engineer is an enthusiastic restorer of old vehicles – with a particular love in recent times of bringing back old American models to their gleaming, showroom prime.

His 1946 Chevy, which was registered in Kansas in 1946, will be among around 50 vintage vehicles which will be part of a show at the golf club to celebrate its 110th birthday on August 6. The event is a curtain raiser for the club’s annual golf week.

Russell bought the pick-up from its English owner three years ago, when it had been damaged by a fire in the back, and also had both its front and rear ends stoved in.

With his own hands and a bit of specialist help, he set about carrying out a complete restoration of the engine, chassis and bodywork, emphasising: “Some people say they have restored something themselves, but very few do it without some outside input from specialists. I make sure I learn from them, and know I can do it on my own next time.”

Now, he proudly displays his Chevy at hot rod and other specialist shows, including those of the National Street Rod Association, of which he is a member.

He also once fully restored a now sold 1934 Sunbeam, which he turned into a hot rod, but found it “too scary to race!”

Russell also owns a 1952 Sunbeam 500cc motorbike, which he restored, and carried out similar work to a now sold on “beaten up” 1952 Chevrolet pick-up and a 1963 Ford Consul Capri.


David Slater, Nigel Gerrans, Steve Cragg, James Everett, Ian Duncan (captain)

Kevin Levitt, Chris Williams, Cos Loizou, Bernie Pratt


Newton Green’s senior men have been knocked out in the first round of the Suffolk Parks Trophy - a competition in which they reached the final last year.

In this year’s first round match at Gorleston they went down by 15 holes, facing a team with four single handicap players, compared with Newton’s one.

Away wins in any of Suffolk’s inter club events at rare, and playing on a seldom visited course, Newton put up a competitive show until the extra fire power of the opposition showed in the latter stages of matches.

Results (Newton names first).

Chris Williams and Steve Cragg beat Bob Richardson and Bob Cooper one up.

James Everett and Kevin Levett lost to Martin Pestle and Eddie Red two down.

Cos Loizou and Dave Slater lost to Jim Robinson and Paul Platten seven down.

Nigel Gerrans and Bernie Pratt lost to Richard Reynolds and Kevin Woods seven down.



Newton Green seniors are through to the second round of the Suffolk Beaumont Trophy after a 14-hole victory over Rushmere.

The competition for senior players with 10-20 handicaps sees Newton entertaining Bury St Edmunds or West Suffolk in the next round.

The opening match against Rushmere proved decisive, with Ted Clarkson and Andrew Johnson beating their lower handicap opposition pairing by a massive nine holes.

The second match featuring Nick Smith and Frank Salt was halved, but Newton increased their margin as Steve Street and Harry Wordley won one up and Ian Duncan and Brian Joy registered a four hole win.

Scores (Newton names first): Clarkson and Johnson won nine-up against Page and Jacobs, Smith and Salt halved with Howard and Howgego, Street and Wordley won one up to Williams and Musgrove, Duncan and Joy won four up to Mills and Markham.

Nick Smith, Brian Joy, Nigel Gerrans (non playing captain), Steve Street and Andrew Johnson.

Harry Wordley, Ian Duncan and Frank Salt.  Absent: Ted Clarkson.


Another Course Record For Alice


ALICE Barlow has sliced her previous women’s course record at Newton Green Golf Club.

Playing to retain the Earl Howe Trophy, the 18-year-old carded a three under par 68. This was two better than her previous course record.

The round put her into the last 16 for the knock-out stage of the most difficult competition to win at Newton.

Off her handicap of one, Barlow recorded a net 67, one better than 19-handicapper Lizzie Johnson, and two ahead of Margaret Hills, net 69.

Barlow, aged 18, is in her final year at Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard, and is spending the summer playing in leading women’s amateur events, including a recent appearance in the Welsh Open, when a nine in her opening round left her down the field.

To date, her best finish has been fifth. Her run of success last year means she is a qualifier for the England Women’s Amateur Open in July.


An annual society day at Newton Green Golf club has helped boost interest in groups visiting the club near Sudbury.

Eighty players making up 20, four-ball teams from Suffolk and Essex took part in the second annual society day run by the club.

Ben Tawell, club manager, said: “We started this initiative last year and immediately attracted 18 teams. We invite all the societies that support us, and the day has proved a very successful format.

“We have received excellent feedback regarding the condition of our course and catering, which in turn we would hope will increase interest in even more societies visiting our club. Our bookings for this summer are already showing a marked increase.

“People seem to enjoy the atmosphere of a members’ club that shows a welcoming approach to visiting groups. Our course offers an interesting challenge suitable for people who appreciate traditional, historic golf blended with attractive and challenging new holes.” 

Club women’s captain Rebeccca Evans presented awards and  One Railway Golf Society were winners of the day, followed by a team from Brett Vale, with the Sudbury Wanderers Golf Society third.

Winners 1: One Railway Society Essex (Lee Vaughan, Colin Martin, Graham Horne and Steve Lawrence), 2  Brett Vale (Robert Holmes, Gareth Morgan, Steve Carr and Les Norman)), 3 Sudbury Wanderers (Derek King, Dave Fisher, Peter Hebditch and Allan Scott).


Photo: Lee Vaughan, Colin Martin, Rebecca Evans, Jim Smith (for Graham Horne) and Steve Lawrence. 

The 2017 Andy Platter


Andy Platter winner Chris Williams, with trophy donor Andy Dodds, and leading woman player Pat Hawkins.

One of the keenest fought competitions for senior golfers at Newton Green is the Andy Platter - and particularly so with Chris Williams.

The mid-week competition for seniors has been won by the 12-handicapper for the fourth year running. His latest success saw him score 39 Stableford points, in front of John Sherman 38 and George Bullett 36.

The ladies section was won by Pat Hawkins 39, followed by Margaret Hill 35 and Sheila Walter 33.

Nearest the pin prizes went to Sally Cade, Frank Salt, Richard Lilley, Bernie Pooley and Fred Looman.












Fred Looman, John Sherman, Margaret Hills, Sheila Walter, Pat Hawkins, Chris Williams, Andy Dodds,

Bernie Pooley,Frank Saltand Sally Cade.



A 1930s saloon which has been in the same family for more than 80 years will be among exhibits at Newton Green Golf Club’s first vintage vehicle show. The event is being staged on Sunday, August 6, to mark the 110th anniversary of the club, and as a special curtain up for the annual Jonathan Lambert Festival of Golf.

Members, relatives and friends are invited to provide exhibits during an afternoon that will feature cream teas and a traditional jazz band.

Golfer Mick Mills who, with his wife Marilyn, have a Vauxhall 12 DY5B, originally bought new by her father’s cousin at Halstead in 1934, will be showing it at the event.

In the 1950s, the black, four-seater passed for £40 to Marilyn’s father Alan Gentry, of Assington. He used it for many years while working as a lumber jack, and kept it going with spare parts from another old Vauxhall he bought for a fiver. Eventually, the car was abandoned and left to rust in Mr Gentry’s back garden. The engine was removed, put on blocks outside and started up each week.

Twenty years ago, after his son carried out part restoration with a half-completed paint-job, he passed the vehicle to Marilyn and Mick. They found a north Essex mechanic who had worked on pre-war Vauxhall cars. He undertook a two-year restoration. A couple, who had been made redundant at an upholstery firm, took on re-fitting the leather interior.

Marilyn recalls, “When my father, who is no longer with us, saw the restored car he had tears in his eyes. In the 1930s Vauxhall 12s were called a ‘farmer’s car’, because you had to have a bit of money to afford one. We still have the original log book, and a service manual covering the model from the thirties right through into the forties. We regard the car as a real family heirloom.

“After restoring the vehicle we became members of a Vauxhall enthusiasts club for a time, and we have used the car to provide transport for a number of family weddings and other celebrations.  Mick takes it out for a spin every three or four weeks to keep it going.”


Before rebuilding, and Marilyn and Mick Mills with the restored Vauxhall 12

Good Evans! It is an oval ball on the tee


Newton Green’s new captain Gareth Evans hit his first drive 207 yards down the fairway – but not with a rugby ball.  The former Sudbury Rugby Club winger – who played in the club’s National Division Three glory days more than 25 years ago – poised with a rugby ball on the tee before hitting his drive-in tee shot. He elected not to strike the oval ball, but hit a conventional ball down the middle. This was unlike his partner Rebecca, who went out of bounds when carrying out a similar task a few days earlier when she became Newton’s women’s captain. It is the first time in the 110 year history of the club a married couple has served in the same year as captains. Since relinquishing his main business interests two years ago, Gareth has reduced his handicap from 14 to seven. Retiring captain Lee Prentice putted out on the 18th green before handing over to his successor.




Charity benefits from golfers generosity at Newton


Newton Green Golf Club has just completed a year during which more than £6,000 was raised for charity.

Most of the money - £5,934  - was handed over at a recent general meeting to the Kernos Centre, Sudbury, which is a non-profit making charity providing professional counselling and psychotherapy to children and adults.

This picture shows: John Ford (seniors captain), Lee Prentice (recently retired men’s captain), Dr Chris Boatwright (Kernos centre director), Sally Cade (recently retired women’s captain) and Geoff Kistner (seniors captain).

Seniors Information -


 Due to the first Inter Club match of the season we had a reduced field of 14 players. With the conditions being rather cold and windy it was a struggle for many to return good scores

1st Derek King 33 points (21 cut to 18); 2nd Trevor Byham 31 points (21 cut to 19); 3rd Terry Scurr 30 points (15 cut to 14);

4th David Jackson 28 points

Getting a shot back are Kevin Butler; Kevin Knights; Dave Foster; Jim Ansell; Steve Clarke


 Our first game of the season and we entertained our friends from down the road at Haverhill. In the absence of Captain John Ford the match was looked after by his Vice Captain Harry Wordley. The good news for John is that the surgeon has given him the all clear to swing a club. Hope Odette is good at ducking!!! Harry must be a lucky charm as we won the match. A good start to the season.

Won 4 Halved 2 Lost 2


 Still spaces.......Closing date is 21 March

Trophy Presentations


An experiment to get more trophy winners to turn up for the club’s annual presentations proved a success at Newton Green Golf Club.

A Sunday morning nine-hole friendly encounter involving men’s and mixed competition winners during the year meant an increased turn-out, compared with holding the presentation as part of a winter evening annual meeting.

Retiring men’s captain Lee Prentice and ladies’ captain Sally Cade handed over the awards after a rain-soaked morning’s play, which was followed by a well- attended hot trolley lunch.

The pictures feature the mixed and men’s competition winners.


New partnership....


A NEW partnership has been formed to bring the joys of golf to all age groups in the Sudbury area.

The area’s longest established club and a neighbouring, family-run driving range are pooling their resources in a bid to give the sport a new dawn.

Since recently bringing the range and its nine hole course back under family control, Josie and Fred Stow have transformed Old Joe’s.

                        At Old Joe’s - Newton manager Ben Tawell, Fred and Josie Stow, and Peter Philpott


They have also struck up a partnership with Newton Green Golf Club, which will see the organisations move forward as part of the national campaign to bring the benefits of golf to a wider audience.

Newton’s PGA advanced coach Tim Cooper is running nationally-backed Get Into Golf courses at the range. His club shop assistant Jed Seeley, who plays off scratch, is leading marketing and business development at Old Joe’s on a part-time basis.

Peter Philpott, Newton chairman, said: “We have long held the opinion that with greater liaison the club and range could both move forward in a positive way, but this has not happened in recent years. We now have a very positive tie up which can only be good for golf and anyone interested in the sport in the Sudbury area.

“Newton has made major strides in recent times, and golf can only blossom further if the town’s two leading providers are working in harmony. There was a close tie up when farmer Robert Fison developed the range more than 20 years ago, and now the spirit of co-operation has been rekindled.

“In recent times the sport has taken a deep look at itself, and user friendly policies that Newton has been fostering, such as nine-hole, pay and play, are now very much in vogue. They complement what a place such as Old Joe’s has to offer.”

Josie Stow, the daughter of Mr Fison, has recently resettled in the area with her South African husband Fred, and the pair has been breathing new life into the driving range.

Fred commented: “Old Joe’s is loved by the community and has been a feature for over 25 years, with many top local golfers having cut their teeth here. We want to remain rooted in the community with people feeling a sense of belonging.

“It remains a friendly place for a novice to get into golf, and for a seasoned player to perfect their game. We now have the addition of a nine-hole foot-golf course to add to the atmosphere of healthy, family, relaxed entertainment.”

Valentines Day Drive In


There was a sea of red when Rebecca Evans made a St Valentine’s Day captain’s drive-in appearance at Newton Green Golf Club.

Also present to give a romantic send-off to her year in office was husband Gareth, who is due to become the club’s men’s captain in the near future.

It will be the first time in the 110 year history of the club that a husband and wife will hold the captaincies in the same year.


A third member of the family, Boris the dog – sporting a red scarf - was also present for Rebecca’s drive-off.

Rebecca, with a handicap of 18, represents Suffolk Women on England Golf, and also runs marathons and other long-distance events.


Her drive-off performance also set a new record for women’s golf at the club, as she hit her shot out-of-bounds! However, the competition to predict the length of her drive did not go unrewarded. Vice-captain Lizzie Johnson had predicted the new captain’s wayward shot and took the prize for guessing the distance of Rebecca’s drive.

Before teeing off, the new captain watched retiring captain Sally Cade putt out her season on the 18th hole. (pictured above)


Newton Green’s Alice Barlow brought down the curtain on her outstanding season by picking up the two leading awards at the annual meeting of Suffolk Ladies’ County Golf Association.

She won the Joy Winn Salver for the lowest scratch scores during the season, and the Nigel Birrell Trophy awarded by the county captain to the most outstanding golfer of the year.

Alice, 18, also received her county colours. She is in her final year at Thomas Gainsborough  School, Great Cornard, and will be concentrating on playing in leading women’s amateur events across the country.

Over the last year she has won all the leading Suffolk ladies’ trophies, as well as being the first winner of the national junior champion of champions’ trophy, and finished seventh in the Telegraph BMW junior championships in Portugal.

Also at the Suffolk presentation,Newton’s Eloise Aldous, now playing as a driving range professional, was confirmed as the coming year’s organiser of Suffolk girls’ junior golf.

Club House upgrade....


A major facelift for the interior of Newton Green Golf Club is on its way.

The club is to invest £40,000 to upgrade the social side of its premises, which will further enhance its suitability for functions serving both members and other user groups in the Sudbury area.

Peter Philpott, chairman, confirmed the cost would be covered by a recent refund from HMRC.

He said Newton had been part of a group of several hundred members’ clubs across the county that had been involved in a successful action to recover taxes paid in recent years on green fees.

He continued: “Our club house is very popular with other groups staging functions, and we hope to attract additional bookings by considerably increasing its ambience.

“Most of the VAT refund we have received will originally have come from people from the area who payed green fees. In one way we are giving this money back to the community in the form of better facilities for local functions, as well as enhancing the social experience of our own members and visiting golfers.”

Mr Philpott said the scheme had been on the back burner for some time as the club had been using its resources to ensure the course could compare with any in the region.

He continued: “Membership wise we have just had our most encouraging year for a decade, and the upgrade of the club house, and some remarkable playing successes on the course, are all part of what has been a very successful period for the club.”

Work on upgrading the club is due to begin before the end of January, and will include new lighting, carpets and furnishings. The current small dining room will be developed  as a stud bar to enable greater flexibility of rooms across the building.

Classic Vintage......



Nick Thomson, self-confessed lover of stylishly designed cars, is heading a campaign to encourage Newton Green Golf Club members to reveal their classic vehicles.

The club is staging an historic vehicle display as part of its 110th birthday celebrations, which open the annual golf week on Sunday, August 6.

Nick, a Lancia enthusiast, is no stranger to such events, having been the founder organiser of the annual Lavenham Rare Breeds car show from 1996-2000. It is held in association with the village’s annual carnival, and today regularly attracts 500 entries.

A more modest – perhaps 25-50 – will be aimed for at the golf club event

Nick commented:  “We are aware of a number of very interesting vehicles owned by our members, and want to give them the chance to show them off.

“Priority will be given to vehicles built prior to around 1970, and we hope to have some space for later built ones of rarity or special interest. Any unusual vehicle, even if it is an old army tank or commercial vehicle will be welcome. If someone has a classic Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle or suchlike in their garage, we’d love to see it. Some owners have already committed themselves to attend, and we are anxious to leave no one out.”

Nick says he has had a love of classically styled cars from a young age, particularly those from Italy.

“Although I am interested in what is beneath the bonnet, my main pleasure is derived from cars that have design idiosyncrasies, with a classic touch, and are fun to drive.”

In particular, he has three Lancia Gammas from the 1983/84 era. All are Series 111 coupe, with 2.5 litre, four cylinder engines – with “renowned road holding, performance and a body to die for” He is a member of Lancia Motor Club.

“Fiat rescued a virtually bankrupt Lancia in 1969, but kept the marque independent until fairly recently. Lancia continued to produce a stream of great models until the marque was merged with Chrysler a few years ago.”

In early days much of Lancia’s production was classic engines and chassis, with customers’ coachbuilders designing and building one-off bodies.

Thirteen years ago Nick followed the same dream when he acquired the chassis and 20 boxes of dismembered parts of a classic 1935 Astura, and set about building the car of his desires. The chassis, with its three-litre, V8 engine, has been fitted with an ash frame and four seater drop head aluminium body.

 It is a real head-turner in its dark red paintwork, and harks back to grand tourer days when the rich rallied their way across Europe to the south of France.

The show-stopper (pictured) will be among those on display at the golf club event, which also features traditional jazz and cream teas.

A special reception for Alice Barlow



ALICE Barlow received a standing ovation at a special reception to celebrate another year of county and national success by members of Newton Green Golf Club.

The 18-year-old has swept all before her in Suffolk women’s golf. She also became the first winner of England Golf’s junior girl champion of champions’ trophy, as well as finishing seventh in the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship in Portugal.

Alice was among both junior and senior golfers receiving congratulations from guest of honour, Suffolk Men’s Golf Union president Phil Platten.

Newton’s moderate success for several decades at county level had seldom merited a special celebration – now it is four years in a row. The event was hosted by Ian Woodhead.

During the evening club women’s captain Sally Cade paid tribute to the qualities of commitment, determination and effort that had contributed to the success of Alice Barlow, including winning Suffolk adult and junior titles at match and stroke play. She had also formed with Eloise Aldous an “awesome pair” as they regained the Suffolk Haskell Trophy.


Club professional Tim Cooper reviewed the club’s success at junior level, including Alice Barlow, Ben Tatum and Harvey Watts winning the Suffolk team championship and going on to represent the county in the national final, where they finished seventh. On behalf of England Golf, he presented Watts with a certificate for a hole in one during the competition.


Also present during the evening was the club’s Parks Trophy team which had never previously passed the first round, but reached the final.


Meanwhile, six- handicapper Ben Tawell won the Dick Burn Eastern Region Golf Club Managers Association trophy, and Tim Cooper was runner up in the Suffolk PGA match play league, semi-finalist in the match play knock-out and third in the order of merit.

Sky Sports Coverage....

Sky coverage of Quinta do Lago

Sky Sports 4 will be showing highlights of the Telegraph BMW Junior Championships at Quinta do Lago, Portugal , in which Newton’s Alice Barlow and Lily May Humphreys competed, at the following times in December:

7th 20.30

7th 21.30

8th 19.00

9th 19.00

18th 17.30

20th 18.30

22nd 18.00

23rd 18.30

23rd 22.00

24th 11.30

24th 16.30

27th 21.00

27th 22.00 

Seniors v Ladies


More than 80 players took part in a team contest for the smallest trophy at Newton Green Golf Club. The annual match between the ladies of the club and the seniors for the closet trophy is hosted on alternate years by each section, with the organisers selecting the rules of engagement. This year the ladies chose a greensomes format, but they could not prevent the senior men retaining the trophy by a comfortable margin, although many of the individual matches were closely contested. Women's captain Sally Cade presented the trophy to seniors vice captain John

Final Day in Portugal...

Telegraph BMW Junior Final Day

Lily May Humphreys finished second girl in the Telegraph BMW Junior Golf Championship in Quinta do Lago.

The 14-year-old from Newton Green was two shots behind winner, Hannah Screen (Berhamstead) , and one ahead of with Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).

Sixteen-year-old Screen carded a four over 220 for the 52 hole event, with Humphreys 222, and Williamson 223.

Newton’s second representative Alice Barlow was seventh on 238, with rounds of 77,82 and 79.

Latest News Portugal.....


On the second day of the Telegraph BMW girls section, Humphreys dropped four shots to go three over par and slip into second place, behind Screen (plus two ). Third was Cloe Frankish (plus five), of Charter Hills, and Alice Barlow dropped to ninth with a second round of 82.

Lily May leads the way.....

Newton Green junior leads girls in Portugal

Newton Green’s Lily May Humphreys was leading girl after the first round of the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship in Portugal.

The 14-year-old shot a one under par 71, two ahead of Hannah Screen (Berkamstead) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), followed by Annabel Fuller (Roehampton), who is four over.

Newton’s Suffolk women’s and junior champion Alice Barlow was fifth, on five over par, having recovered from dropping three shots in her opening three holes. She scored 40 on her opening nine, but then carded a second nine of 37, matching that of Humphreys.

Humphreys’ long term and still home club is Channells, Essex, but she has recently moved to the Sudbury area where she has also become a junior at Newton .  She shot 34 and 37 in her opening round.

There are nine girls and 12 boys in the mixed field, and overall leader after 18 of the 54-holes event is Harry Goddard, of Hanbury Manor, who is six under on 66, followed by James Wilson (Tynside) 69 and Charlie Thornton (Fulford) 71.

This makes Humphreys joint third on the remodelled North Course at Quinta do Lago, where previous winners of the competition have included Justin Rose.

Humphreys and joint second girl Williamson are both members of the England girls’ squad which have regional training with Roly Hitchcock at Stoke-by-Nayland.

Club Dinner and Dance

Newton Green Golf Club Dinner Dance October 28 2016


News of Lily May....


Amateur Lily May Humphreys made her mark with a joint 25th place in her first experience mixing with aspirational young European professionals.

Playing in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke-by-Nayland, the 14-year-old with a plus-four handicap in the amateur ranks, and a recent junior recruit to Newton Green, was among 15 English   amateurs selected in the 90 strong line-up.

She was the fifth amateur home, and could have finished higher had she not found the spectacular par three 184-yard, 18th on the Gainsborough course a thorn in her side.

Over three days, she dropped four shots on the hole, with bogeys on the opening two days and a double bogey in her final round.

Even so, she managed to score a level par 72 on the final day, to go with a one under par on the second, and a three over 75 in the first round.

In her under par day of 71, she recorded six birdies, and one double bogey.

Humphreys, who will not reach her 15th birthday until March, will miss out on entering the Newton Green junior open later this month because of an England Girls’ training week at Woodhall Spa.

However, at the end of that week she joins up with Newton’s Alice Barlow , as the pair head for Portugal to play in the Telegraph BMW Junior Championships.

Newton makes the news....




Ellie Aldous



A YOUNG Suffolk golfer has moved from the junior ranks in a bid to make a career for herself as a professional.

Newton Green’s Ellie Aldous, 18, has become a Professional Golfers’ Association trainee, and is working as an assistant at the Bury St Edmunds Golf Range under professional Andy Goodridge.

A former Suffolk junior captain, she has been in the full Suffolk women’s squad for four years, but will no longer qualify to play competitive golf in the amateur game.

It means next year she will be unable to team up with Newton’s Alice Barlow to defend the Suffolk Haskell Trophy, which they recently won for the second time in four years.

Aldous has been working at the Bury range for some time, and recently left West Suffolk College, where her studies included gaining a triple distinction in sports sciences.

She said: “I have always wanted to become involved in the sport as a professional, and would like to see my future as a coach, rather than aiming for the professional playing circuit. However, I will cut my teeth on pro-ams and see how my game goes from there.”

Aldous will now be playing off scratch, and as the Bury range does not have a course, she expects to continue working on her game from Newton.

With Barlow, who currently holds the course record, the pair has been involved in leapfrogging each other to bring down the women’s record.

Because of her new status, Aldous has had to withdraw from the Newton junior open later this month, and from the semi-final of the county junior match play competition.

However, she is still due to take over the role of Suffolk girls’ junior team organiser in the New Year, adding: “Work with the county junior team will all be part of building my experience and enhancing my CV.”

Aldous hit the national headlines eight years ago as a 10-year-old when she beat a 100-plus field of adults to win Newton’s prestigious Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver,        and for a number of years was in the national junior training squad.


Ellie Aldous – including winner of Jonathan Lambert Salver in 2008 (right)

Festival Profits Up........



Newton Green Golf Club’s festival week made a record profit, and plans are in hand to organise next year’s event to include a 110th anniversary celebration.

With more than 500 entries across nine different competitions, the aim of the event is to enhance the club’s inclusive policies, with money raising a welcome side line, but not a principle of the week.

However, the recent festival netted a record £1,800 surplus, and the money will be used to provide amenities as part of a planned interior refurbishment of the club house.

The festival committee heard efforts to reduce the playing time of rounds in the 120-entry Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver had led to the longest round being reduced to four hours 40 minutes, compared with five and a half the previous year. More refinements would be introduced to cut times further next year.

The 2017 event would commence a day early on Sunday, August 6, to enable a 110th anniversary afternoon party to be staged.

This would include a display of vintage vehicles owned by members and friends, cream teas and a traditional jazz band.

The first festival week was held to celebrate the club’s centenary and over the decade since has gone from strength to strength.

Alice and Lily May off to Europe ........




               Alice Barlow                                       Lily May Humphreys


TWO young golfers who have both been hitting the headlines this year are now playing out of Newton Green.

Both Alice Barlow and Lily May Humphreys have qualified to be part of the field in the prestigious Telegraph BMW Junior Championships Final at Quinta do Lago, Portugal, at the start of November.

The event will be played on the remodelled North Course, which was named best European New Course in 2014.

Barlow, 17, has played at Newton since she was nine, and Humphreys has recently joined following a move by her family to the Sudbury area.

Humphreys, 14, is already an England junior international, and in a number of spectacular successes this year became the national girls’ under 16 champion.

She has moved to within a short distance of Newton from the Chelmsford area, where she is a member of Channels, which will continue to be her home club, and allow her to retain links with Essex golf.

Humphreys recently qualified for Portugal with a five under par score as one of her four, bogey free rounds in the North of England under 16 mixed stroke play championship at Pannels, Yorkshire. She led the field by six shots and finished 15 under par.

This year she was also third in the European Young Masters, and plays off plus-three.

As part of the England girls’ eastern junior training scheme, which is led at Stoke-by-Nayland by professional, Rolly Hitchcock, she is now on his doorstep for additional advice.

Meanwhile, Barlow has stepped away from professional coaching in the last two years to work with her father, who is her caddy and plays off 12.

She qualifies for the trip to Portugal as a result of a four under par she carded in one of her four rounds in the England Girls’ Under 18 championships.

Since then, the current Suffolk ladies and junior champion has gone on to be the first winner of the England Girls’ County champion of champions title at Woodhall Spa, the headquarters of England Golf. She also finished fifth in the simultaneous national women’s title event played off the same card.

Barlow’s success on the Bracken course has also qualified her to play in the English Women’s Amateur Championships on the former Ryder Cup course of Lindrick, South Yorkshire, from July 18-19 next year.

Parks turnaround......



Fred French, Andrew Johnson, Alan Cunningham, Brian Joy, David Slater, Harry Wordley

Chris Williams, Bernie Pratt, Nick Smith, Ian Duncan (non-playing captain), James Everett

Despite their final two pairs putting up spirited rear guard actions, Newton Green succumbed to previous three times winners Diss in the final of the Suffolk Parks Trophy.

Having never previously negotiated the preliminary rounds of the seniors competition for players with handicaps up to 12, the Newton run fell at the final fence, with their Suffolk-Norfolk border opposition winning by seven holes.

The tie was staged at Woodbridge, where the greens are generally some of the best in the county, but recent early autumn coring activities left putting somewhat problematical for both sides.

After the opening nine holes of the four-ball, better ball competition, Diss held narrow leads in all four matches – with the opposition two up in one match and one up in the other three. This gave them a five hole cushion.

In match play terms, the margin was insignificant, and Newton needed success in their leading matches to put pressure on the opposition. However, the two front games gradually slipped away, to the extent Diss finished with comfortable five-hole victories, in games that had each been separated by only one hole at the turn.

The third match involving Brian Joy and Bernie Pratt, who had been two down at the turn, saw a fight back by the Newton pair, who eventually finish all square.

At the back of the field, Chris Williams and James Everett were performing heroics, and managed to get home winners three up, which meant overall Diss finished seven holes up.

Among the highlights of the last game was an eagle two by Williams on the 304 yard, par four 13th, which involved the Newton player sinking an uphill, seven iron from 137 yards.

It meant going down in a fighting manner, with the leadership of non-playing captain Ian Duncan having engendered a new feeling of belief in the club’s capability to succeed in previously unchartered waters.

Results (Newton names first):

Alan Cunningham and Fred French lost five down to Ken Bowman and Steve Enever, David Slater and Nick Smith lost five down to Dave Boom and Dharam Mavar, Brian Joy and Bernie Pratt halved with Bob Allison and Phil Allen, Chris Williams and James Everett won three up to Steve Biggs and Roger Hinds.

Alice Wins New National Championship



Suffolk’s Alice Barlow has won the England Girls’ County Champion of Champions title – and come fifth in the equivalent final of the national women’s championship.

The brilliant day for the 17-year-old from Newton Green was completed on Sunday when she shot a four over par 76 on the Bracken course at national headquarters Woodhall Spa.

The 18-hole event is new on the England Golf competition calendar, with players that have lifted county junior and adult titles competing together.

Barlow currently holds both titles in Suffolk, which allowed her to qualify for both events.

In the junior championship, her performance, consisting of two halves of 38, put her one shot ahead of Clare Howard, of Borington, Devon, and Amy Boote, of Tadmartin, Oxfordshire.

Barlow, who currently plays off two, was three shots off matching the score which won the full women’s champions title.

Early in her round, Barlow miraculously managed a three on the short fifth. Her tee shot ended in a ditch, and she had to play off a slope with one foot in water. She chipped to two feet of the hole and commented: “After that I knew it was going a good day.”

Women’s winner was Lancashire champion Catherine Roberts, of Pleasington Golf Club, who shot a one over par 73, with halves of 39 and 34.

Barlow looked like pushing to gain a higher finish in the main event, but bogeys on the last two holes kept her out of the top four.

Junior Champion of Champions: 76 Alice Barlow (Suffolk), 77 Clare Howard (Devon), Amy Boote (Oxfordshire), 78 Natasha Ainsley-Thomas (Northants), Thalia Kirkby (Bucks).

Women’s Champion of Champions: 73 Catherine Roberts (Lancashire), 74 Melissa McMahon (Dorset), Georgie Price (Cornwall), 75 Megan Garland (Yorkshire) 76 Alice Barlow (Suffolk).


National girls champion Alice Barlow 

Newton Green Ladies Open



The Newton Green Golf Club ladies open was again a success with teams from across Suffolk and Essex competing.

The cha, cha, cha team formula (four, two and two players to count on consecutive holes) proved to the liking of the Playgolf, Colchester team, which scored 109 points – three more than their closed rivals.


109 Lynne Southgate, Jennie Boyden, Lucy Sadle and Pauline Jordan (Playgolf, Colchester), 106 Sally Clarke, Brenda Davis and Maureen Minter, Anne Legg (Cretingham), 101 Jan Wright, Jan McLellan, Helen Barr and Lyn Lawrence  (Frinton).

Best front nine, 47 Nina Nielson, Ann Graves, Rita Bird and Pam Macbridge (Woodbridge); Best second nine, 57 Lynne Rafferty, Carol Perks, Christine Bloomfield and Jean Woods( Rushmere).

Nearest pin 6th, Ann Bell  (Richmond Park).

Nearest pin 13th, Sharon Clarke  (Gosfield.)

Newton ladies captain Sally Cade (front centre) with the winning Playgolf team and other winners

Harvey..Suffolk Junior Match Play Champ



Newton Green’s Harvey Watts has won the Suffolk Junior match play championship after a close battle with county junior stroke-play champion Sam Byford.

In the final at Waldringfield, Watts scored a 2 & 1 win over his Ipswich opponent, having defeated Tom Auchterlonie, of Woodbridge, by 5 & 4 in the semi-final.

Watts, 16, received the trophy from Suffolk Golf Union president Phil Platten.

Byford had progressed to the final by beating Newton’s Ben Tatum in the other semi-final.

Watts showed he enjoys the Waldringfield course, having earlier in the summer gone to the same venue to retain the host club’s junior title.

He was in the Newton team, along with Tatum and Alice Barlow, who recently finished seventh in the national club junior team championship in Oxfordshire, and also plays regular Stenson and Hambro golf for his club.

Phil Platten and Harvey Watts

More Parks Success....


Newton Green continues to break through to new areas of success by reaching the final of the Suffolk Parks Trophy for the first time.

An eight-hole, semi-final win against Hintlesham at Bury St Edmunds means an appearance against Diss at Woodbridge on Wednesday, 14 September.

The competition is for seniors aged 55, with handicaps of 12 or lower. However, teams can field higher handicapped members – but they cannot claim any more than 12 shots.

Diss will provide formidable opposition to the first time finalists, the Suffolk-Norfolk border club having won the competition three times since its inception 14 years ago – the last occasion in 2008.

In that time, Newton has seldom got through the first round, but its recent ability to attract and maintain players in the lower handicap areas of the game has helped build its growing competiveness.

It’s path to the final has been a nail-biting affair, with previous home victories against Felixstowe and Fynn Valley each achieved on the first play-off  hole, when the games were left all-square at 18 holes.

The semi-final against Hintlesham looked like being another close encounter with Newton’s Chris Williams and James Everett going down by one hole to Martin Hayward and Keith Tarrant, but Brian Joy and Bernie Pratt then levelled the game with a similar one-hole victory over  Martin Lamb and Dave Steward.               

However, when Alan Cunningham and Fred French struck with a five-hole win against Phil Dawson and Michael Gale, a three-hole success for Nigel Gerrans and David Slater in the last match againts Russ Cunningham and Kevin Brooks put the icing on the cake for an eight-hole victory.             .

Newton Green Parks Squad: Fred French, Andrew Johnson, Brian Joy, Chris Williams, Alan Cunningham, Ian Duncan (non-playing captain), Nigel Gerrans, Bernie Pratt, Peter Philpott, James Everett, David Slater.

Haskell Winners....


Newton Green’s teenage two-some has pulled off another impressive win in Suffolk’s premier women’s golfing event.

Alice Barlow and Ellie Aldous accounted for the Ipswich team of Sharon Luckman and Lottie Whyman in the Haskell Trophy final at Bury St Edmunds.

Three years after the Newton pairing – now in their final season as juniors – became the youngest ever winners of the event, they have repeated their success.

Luckman and Whyman, both playing off one, had won the trophy last year. But, after being all-square at lunch, they buckled as Barlow (two) and Aldous (six) raced into a four-hole lead at the opening of the afternoon round. Eventually, the young challengers finished winners by six and four.

In a competition played off scratch, there had been no indication of the final result during the morning. Seven of the first nine holes were halved, and honours exchanged in the other two.

Newton went on to be one ahead by the 16th, but a birdie on the 17th drew Ipswich level. A strong head wind on the par five 464 yard 18th saw the teams settle for an untidy, one over par halved hole.

Things started to unravel for the holders as the second 18 opened, with Ipswich conceding the opening par five first after making a mess when being in a greenside bunker for two.

They could not match Newton’s par on the subsequent par three. A birdie four for the teenagers, followed by a par, was enough to leave Ipswich trailing four down in the opening four holes.

By the turn – the 27th hole played - Newton was six up, although the opposition opened the second nine with two halves and a win (on the 12th). This run narrowed the margin to five, with six to play.

With holes running out, Luckman, who had previously won the event several times in her previous days with Felixstowe, and  partner Whyman who lost to Barlow in the recent Suffolk Women’s championship final at Stowmarket, were still struggling. They could not find a magic formula capable of unsettling their impressive opposition.

Barlow continued to show the style which has featured the blossoming of her season, and Aldous drew inspiration from contributing to some goods days in the recently completed regional county junior golf week.

Newton sealed victory on the par five 14th, hitting the green in three. The Ipswich tee shot had bounced out into the fairway off a tree, but even this could not prevent further woes, which meant conceding, without the opposition required to attempt their birdie putt.

Suffolk Ladies County Golf Association Women’s president Hermione Scrope, introduced by county chairman/captain Sarah Saggers, presented the trophy to Newton’s non-playing captain Cate Fraser.

Alice Barlow, Cate Fraser and Ellie Aldous


Newton supporters celebrating at the winning 14th hole

Ellie Aldous (right) going for the green with Mark Barlow (caddie) and Alice Barlow

Alice Barlow, Cate Fraser, Lottie Whyman, Hermione Scrope, Sharon Luckman, Ellie Aldous and Sarah Sagger

7th at Frilford....


Newton Green juniors made a storming second round comeback to finish a creditable seventh out of 33 teams playing in the national club junior golf championships at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire.

They were Suffolk's representative in the competition for the second year - having finished fourth twelve months previously. Teams of three competed, with the best two Stableford scores on each day counting to the championship.
Holiday commitments meant Harvey Watts (handicap four) missed out from appearing in last year's final, but he made up for his previous absence by scoring a hole-in-one on the 179 yard 16th. Two more birdies at the end of his round enabled him to recover from an indifferent opening half, and finish with 30 points, two ahead of fellow team mate Ben Tatum (five).


With Watts having been unavailable, and neither Tatum or current Suffolk women's champion Alice Barlow being used for last year's event, all three players were making their debuts on the fast-running, heathland Frilford. Despite her handicap now reduced to two, Barlow scored 34 in her opening round, and with the 30 points from Watts, made a total of 64. It left Newton languishing in 19th place. However, fortunes improved dramatically on the second day, with Newton sweeping 12 places up the leader board. Tatum came home with 33, but Watts and Barlow did even better. Watts scored 37 (including 21 on his second nine) and Barlow played the equivalent to par golf with an excellent 38, giving a team score of 75.

Barlow now turns her attention to joining with Ellie Aldous to regain the Suffolk Haskell Trophy against Ipswich at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday (aug 21).


147 Low Ashton,

147 Nee Park,

143 The Burstead,

141 Bramhall,

141 Bramshall,

140 Truro,

139 Newton Green.

Pictured above  Newton professional and junior coach Tim Cooper (left) in front of the Frilford score board with Harvey Watts, Alice Barlow and Ben Tatum.

Harvey Watts picks out the flag from the 16th after his hole in one.

Jonathan Lambert Festival of Golf ........


Last gasp winner Lewis Woodhead snatched the coveted Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver at Newton Green for the second time in three seasons.

It looked as if 86-year-old golfer Neil Jacobs (handicap 27) would become the oldest winner of the trophy with his total of 41 Stableford points.

But playing in the last three-ball - three hours later than Jacobs - in an entry of 120, Woodhead (7) got over the line with a score of 42.

When he won the trophy for the first time, he was a junior, and he is the only player in ten years to have his name on the salver twice.

Jacobs took the best male prize as he competed against some hot competition from the club’s junior players, with Harvey Watts also on 41 to become the best junior, and Adrienne Hughes was the best woman on 36.

Watts had eased out 39-point Alice Barlow from the junior winner spot, but the field could not keep down the club’s outstanding female player of the season as she shot a gross 70 (one over par), which saw her reduce her own course record by a shot. She would have brought it down further had she not recorded a two over par five on the par three 18th.

Barlow’s rival male course record holder Jed Seeley was also in fine form, with a three under par 65 giving him the Carole List award for the best gross score of the day.

Jonathan Lambert presented awards at the Saturday night party of golf week, which again saw members competing in record numbers across 10 events in six days of golf aimed at showing off the inclusive nature of golf at its best.

Prize winners

Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver: 42 points Lewis Woodhead, best male 41 Neil Jacobs, best woman 36 Adrienne Hughes, best junior 41 Harvey Watts.

Carole List trophy for best gross score: 65 Jed Seeley.

Delaney Scramble: 60.5 Gareth Evans, Sue Thurgate, Carolyn Cocksedge, Kevin Butler; 62.4 Steve Wordley, Linda Spurko, Adrienne Hughes, John Barry; 62.4 Tibby Mimpriss, Odette Ford, Nigel Gerrans, Paul Hughes.

Stableford: 91 ocb Ben Tawell, Sue Lockwood, Mark Barlow, Roger Hermiston; 91 Alan Vince, Angela Chapman, Roger O’Brien-Hill, Alex Iveson; 89 George Bullett, Rebecca Evans, Lee Prentice, Alice Barlow. Best Whag, 40 Ben Tawell;  woman, 36 Lynne Hart; male, 42 David Carse; junior 41 Alice Barlow.

Kiskadee Trophy: 26 Sue Thurgate and Kevin Knights, 22 Angela Chapman and Dave Carse, 21 (ocb)   Mick Mills and Lynne Hart.

Points means prizes: 29 Jed Seeley, 26 Alex Iveson, 24 Paul Maclachlan.   

Three Clubs/Putter: Peter Cade, Alex Iveson and Rosemary Thomson.

Points means prizes:

Foxes and Rabbits: 39 Ollie and Tom Page, 41 Mark and Jenny Barlow, 42 Max Hemson and Georgina Thornton, 42 James and Alex Cooper, 43 Martin and Alison Brightwell. Putting: 17 Ian Page, 18 Ben Clarke.

Par Three: 25 Mark Barlow, 23 Ollie Page, 21 Steve Knappett.



Lewis Woodhead and Jonathan Lambert                   Jed Seeley and Carole List                

Jonathan Lambert Festival of Golf Presentation Night

Alice at the English Girls Open

English Girls Open Amateur Championships at The Nottinghamshire Golf Club

This week Alice Barlow travelled to the Nottinghamshire golf club to compete in the English Girls Open Amateur championships and dug deep to hit her start of year goal of a top ten finish.

With a strong field of Home Internationals she competed throughout the three days having a share of the lead after round 1. The tough Championship course at The Nottinghamshire comprises of a lot of trouble around every corner.

Alice shot a -2 first round 71 the best round of her career so far to share the lead with Scotlands Alison Muirhead which included 3 birdies and a solitary bogey. The second round was a solid +3 round of 76. She made the cut for day three tied for 2nd place at +1.  Going out in the penultimate group meant a well deserved lay in on the Thursday. Some rain and wind made conditions a little tricky but a chip in for a birdie on the first was a great start. A few errant tee shots lead to a few too many bogeys including a tee shot into the water at 16. Finishing +5 and +6 overall. The final round was kicked into life with a 20 foot birdie putt on 5 and a chip in from 30 yards on 7 for an Eagle to put her on -2 for the round. A bogey at 8 and a disappointing double bogey at 17 meant a birdie was required on 18 to get into the prize money, but the 10 foot putt lipped the hole for birdie. Never the less Alice said this was a great experience to be competing with these players and plans on doing more of it in the future. A great Tied 8th final position out of a field of 113.

Haskell Finalist.....



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.


Alice Barlow and Ellie Aldous after their semi-final win at Stowmarket


Alice and Ellie with their Bungay opposition picture courtesy of Tony Garnett

Youngsters in Final at Frilford Heath


Newton Green’s juniors have come out top of the pile to represent Suffolk for the second year running at the national team golf championship event.

They will be returning to Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, on August 11 and 12 with a tough task on their hands – improving on the fourth place they achieved last year.

A Newton trio of Alice Barlow, Harvey Watts and Ben Tatum qualified by winning a close 100 – 98 Stableford points Suffolk final battle with Haverhill at Felixstowe Ferry.

None of them played in last year’s national final, even those that did all still qualify, which underlines Newton’s strength in junior depth talent.

Barlow, the current Suffolk senior and junior champion, did not play in last year’s competition, and with some wayward driving did not perform  to her handicap of three against Haverhill’s Fiona Stokes (handicap 12) and went down by 30 – 35 points.

However, Harvey Watts (5) won by 35 – 28 to James Iron (12), and Ben Tatum (6) and Josh Hulyer (13) both finished on 35 points – leaving Newton victors by two points.

Suffolk junior golf chairman Mike Stevenson presented the trophy.

In earlier rounds Newton had beaten Halesworth 105 – 85, Fynn Valley 89 – 82 and Hintlesham 104 – 89.


Ben Tatum, Alice Barlow, Mike Stevenson and Harvey Watts.

Parks Success....




NEWTON Green’s senior men have broken new ground by reaching the semi-finals of the Suffolk Parks Trophy for the first time.

Another tense, play-off  hole, long putt saw them through the quarter finals against Fynn Valley – just as it had enabled them to defeat Felixstowe Ferry in the previous round.

Newton now meet Hintlesham or Bury St Edmunds at Woodbridge in the last four.

The Parks is between teams in the 55-plus age group, with handicaps restricted to 12 or under. Against Felixstowe it was Fred French who sank a 40 foot putt to win the play-off hole. This time non-playing captain Ian Duncan selected Brian Joy and Chris Williams to go down the first play-off hole, and the latter sank a 25 foot for a par four and tense victory.

The four-ball, better ball matches had seen Williams and Peter Philpott halve, French and Nick Smith go down by four holes, and wins for Joy and Bernie Pratt (three-up) and Nigel Gerrans and James Everett (one-up).


Back row: Nick Smith, James Everett, Nigel Gerrans, Bernie Pratt, Chris Williams

Front: Lee Prentice (Club men’s captain), Brian Joy, Ian Duncan (non-playing team captain), Peter Philpott, Fred French).

Stearn disappointment for ladies...

Stearn team fight hard but just fall short at Felixstowe…

On Monday 7th July, Newton Green ladies met Felixstowe Ferry ladies on a sunny but blustery day for the first round of the Stearn Trophy, 36 holes foursomes.

After the mornings 18 holes, Newton Green ladies were one up in two of the matches and all square in the third. However, after lunch, Felixstowe fought back hard and having home course advantage pulled ahead to beat Newton Green overall by two matches to one.

Newton Girls...Suffolk Ladies


Newton Green's two juniors in the Suffolk Ladies adult side put up strong performances but could not stop the county just missing out on qualifying for the national championships.

In the regional golf week final at Bishops Stortford, Suffolk's new champion Alice Barlow underlined her status with a strong performances in nearly all the singles and foursomes matches she was involved in.Three of the five singles matches she played were against fellow county champions, and she won two of them, plus two wins in her other encounters. She also performed strongly in her foursomes games. Meanwhile, her Newton compatriot Ellie Aldous played in two singles games, winning both including a last day win against Norfolk when she hooked her first shot out of bounds, and played the rest of the game using only irons. Her win in the final singles match, however, could not stop Norfolk recording a 5-4 victory to make them Eastern champions.

Stenson Success....


NEWTON GREEN put the disappointment of going out of the Suffolk Hambro Cup behind them by putting themselves in the quarter finals of the county Stenson Shield scratch event.

If they are going to reach the semi-finals they will have to do it the hard way, with an away draw at Woodbridge on July 23. Newton has already battled through two away ties.

The second of these wins was at Fynn Valley when they were all square in the foursomes at lunch time on two matches each, including an 8 & 6 win for Steve Wordley and Greg Hills.

Hills and Russell Oakey scored early wins in the singles, but with three reversals and a halved match, Newton had to rely on strong performances at the tail from Max Hemson and Jed Seeley to record a 6.5 to 5.5 victory.


Morning foursomes: Russell Oakey and James Cooper won two up to Paul Grey and Andy Southall, Max Hemson and Mike Polley lost one down to Andy Dixon and Travern Abbott, Steve Wordley and Greg Hills won 8 & 6 to Mark Wilder and Gordon Smith, Lewis Woodhead and Jed Seeley lost two down to Lewis Rowland and Tom Smith.

Afternoon singles: Greg Hills won 4 & 3 to Paul Grey, Steve Wordley lost 2 & 1 to Travern Abbott, Russell Oakey won two up to Andy Dixon, James Cooper all square with Andy Southall, Mike Polley lost one down to Mark Wilder, Lewis Woodhead lost 5 & 4 to Gordon Smith, Max Hemson won 4 & 2 to Lewis Rowlands, Jed Seeley won 4 & 3 to Tom Smith.

Shock defeat........,

Newton Green shock defeat to Southwold

Newton Green’s great run in the Suffolk Hambro Cup is over after attempts to score a hat-trick of wins went down on a tense, last hole defeat.

Having beaten Ipswich and Haverhill in the last two finals, the holders went out in the second round at Southwold.

In a very evenly based match. both teams played some fantastic golf with neither ever being more than a few shots in the lead.  With good wins in the morning for Polley and Bearman and Hills and Seeley, the result was all square at lunch.  Hills & Seeley looked like clinching a 4 up result in the morning until their opponents got a hole in one on the 18th.

With a change in the groupings in the afternoon, Wordley went out with Hills, and Seeley with Woodhead.

The match was very evenly contested and it looked like Newton would just scrape through wen three shots in the lead with several holes to play. Home advantage kicked in and two out of the first three Southwold pairings won the 18th leaving the match all square with Woodhead  and Seeley on the 17th. They were giving a shot away and had to birdie the hole to take their game and the match to the 18th all square. Seeley’s brilliant approach shot to 4 feet left Woodhead an easy put to leave the match all square.

Seeley and his opponent both hit the green on the 18,th  leaving their partners’ putts the full length of the green. Southwold went first and left their putt several feet short, Woodhead then put his four feet past. Southwold’s Cookson sank his putt leaving Seeley a putt to half the match. The putt looked good but rimmed the hole and Southwold won by one shot.

Scores (Newton names first).

Morning: Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts one down to Alex Taylor and David Burrows, Mike Polley and Simon Bearman three up to Russell Palmer and John Meakle, Lewis Woodhead and Steve Wordley five down to Jeremy Turner and Richard Cookson, Jed Seeley and Greg Hills three up to Jack Fountain and Paul Booth.

Afternoon: Oakey and  Watts all square with Taylor and Burrows, Polley and Bearman four down to Palmer and Meakle, Wordley and Hills four up to Fountain and Booth, Seeley and Woodhead one down to Turner and Cookson.

Stearn and Haskell Success.....

The Stearn Get Through…


Monday 6th June saw the preliminary round of the Stearn Competition. 36 holes foursomes, with Newton Green ladies playing host to a ladies team from Seckford. The weather was perfect for golf, dry, hot & sunny with the Newton Green course in superb condition.

The morning foursomes produced some good competitive golf with Newton being in the lead after the mornings 18 holes.

After a well-deserved break for lunch Newton ladies kept up the pressure and in the afternoon achieved the win that they thoroughly deserved, being up in two games and a half in the third.

Our thanks go to the green staff for the superb condition of the course and to Phil for our superb food, and to the ladies who came along to support the team.

Well done to the team!

Sally Cade & Jennie Leech

Di Cunningham & Rebecca Evans

Cate Fraser & Lizzie Johnson

The next round is on July 4th against Felixstowe Ladies


…And So Does The Haskell!



Newton Green teenagers Alice Barlow and Ellie Aldous recorded an impressive quarter final victory in the 36-hole Suffolk Haskell Trophy.

Barlow (handicap four), who a few days earlier had set a new, two over par 71 ladies  record for her home track, and Aldous (6) scored a crushing 10 & 9 against their Felixstowe visitors, Amanda Norman (1) and Joanna Woodward (4).

The competition is played off scratch, and the Newton pair, who won the Haskell three years ago, play Bungay or Rushmere (Ipswich) on neutral ground in the semi-finals.

Parks Success



A stunning 40 foot putt on the first play-off hole sent Newton Green seniors into the last eight of the Suffolk Parks Trophy.
It was all-square on holes won when the second round tie of four foursomes with Felixstowe Ferry reached its conclusion at Newton. The home pairing of Fred French and Nick Smith was sent out to contest the sudden death play off, and with the former sinking a monster putt to win the stroke index three first hole, the home side was through to entertain Haverhill or Flynn Valley in the the next round.Newton, which has seldom progressed through the first round of the county competition, achieved a win with a side consisting of several longer handicap players who  were above the 12-handicap allowance limit for the contest - meaning several faced additional penalties against lower handcapped opposition.

Team, left to right: Fred French, Mike Barnes, Ian Duncan (non playing captain), Steve Cragg, Peter Philpott, Nick Smith, Ken Goodright, Brian Joy and David Slater.

Harvey retains title


Sixteen-year-old Newton Green golfer Harvey Watts has won the Waldringfield junior open for the second year running.
Watts, who plays off five and is already a regular in his club's main mens teams, scored a two over par 74 to retain his title.
He was one shot ahead of George Fricker (handicap five) of Uppford Park, and Habebul Islmam (2), of Ipswich.
Newton also provided the fourth player home in Keiron Sorrell, who shot a 76, some six below his handicap.There was a field of 30 players.

Newton Juniors more success


Newton Green Golf Club juniors are trying to make it back to the finals of the national team competition - having finished fourth at Frilford Heath last year. They are through to the semi-final of this year's event at Suffolk level,and have seen one of their main rival put out due to a disqualification. The Newton trio of Harvey Watts, Alice Barlow and Ben Tatum defeated Fynn Valley 89 - 82 in the quarter final, and were due to meet Ufford Park in the last four. However, their opponents have subsequently been disqualified after one of their team played off an incorrect handicap, and Newton now play Hintlesham in the semis. Newton's juniors are now uneaten in all Suffolk junior county and friendly matches in the last two years.

Pictured above: Harvey Watts, Alice Barlow and Ben Tatum

Jed Seeley success



Newton Green teenager Jed Seeley has made an encouraging start to try and make a name in the region as
an amateur - rather than immediately becoming an assistant in the professional ranks.
Seeley, 18, who holds the course record at Newton, won the scatch prize to bring home the Eastern Counties Salver at the annual event held at Woodbridge.

He shot two rounds of 72 - four over par - to beat Chris Bartrum, of Diss, on countback, with Danny Western, of Gorleston, a further shot back. Seeley is part of Newton's Suffolk Hambro Cup team trying to pull off a hat-trick of wins, and works with professional Tim Cooper in the club shop.

Ladies Cranworth



Newton Green ladies put up a strong performance to reach the first round of
the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy - a title they have held twice in the last
seven years.
In the preliminsary round played on neutral ground at Ipswich, Newton
overcame Diss 6 - 3, and now go on to meet Cretingham at Woodbridge on June
Newton put themselves in a good position at lunch against Diss, winning all
the three morning pairs matches. Janet Sparks and Tibby Mimpriss opened with
an impressive six and five victory against their opponents, followed by a
one up win by Carol Durston and Gwyneth Ferreira, and a 2 & 1 win for Sue
Lockwood and Sarah Williams.
It meant Newton needed just two wins from the six afternoon singles and,
although Lockwood went down 3 & 2, wins of 4 & 3 for Sparks and 3 & 2 for
Mimpriss, brought up victory. With the result in the bag, three uncompleted
matches on the course were called in as halves.

Caption: Rebecca Evans, joint non playing captain, Sarah Williams, Janet
Sparks, Gwyneth Ferreira, Carol Durston, Tibby Mimpriss and Sue Lockwood.

Stenson Success at Flempton



Newton Green recorded a good 8-4 away victory against Flemton to progress into the second round of the Stenson Shield - Suffolk's scratch golf team event for men. In the morning foursomes, Newton went 3 - 1 up, including an impressive
seven and six victory for the schoolboy partnership of James Cooper and Harvey Watts against Rupert McCallum and Jude Everett.Cooper was making his debut at this level, and also notched a singles win in the afternoon to complete an impressive day.

With a two-match buffer from the morning, Newton continued to hold the initiative in the afternoon, with Ned Seeley opening up with a six and five victory over McCallum, which meant the visitors kept their noseS in front throughout the day.

In the next round Newton visit Fynn Valley on June 25.

Foursomes (Newton named first):

Jed Seeley and Greg Hils won one up to  Paul Kent and Alfie Halil, James Cooper and Harvey Watts beat Rupert McCallum and Jude Everett seven and six, Lewis Woodhead and Steve Wordley beat Dan Wilson and Mark Rea two and one, Simon Bearman and Mike Polley lost one down to Murray Rose and David Cargill.


Seeley beat McCallum  six and five, Hills beat Cargill three and two, Watts lost one down to Kent, Cooper beat Everett two and one, Bearman beat Hall three and two, Polley lost to Wilson three and two, Wordley beat Murray one up, Woodhead lost four and three to Rea.

Newton Green Stenson team pictured above:
Lewis Woodhead, Simon Bearman, Ian Woodhead (captain), Steve Wordley, Mike
Polley. Greg Hills, Harvey Watts, James Cooper, Jed Seeley.

Ladies Club Champion




Newton Green Golf Club ladies’ captain Sally Cade put two of the best rounds of her life together to score an impressive win in the handicap section of the club’s championship day.

Competing in the 36-hole event, Cade carded rounds of nett 64 and 66 - a total of eight shots below her handicap – which has now been reduced to 12.

Playing for the Emmie Hoare Trophy, her nett score of 130 put her 10 shots ahead of second place Alice Barlow (handicap four), with Cate Fraser (15) third on 145.

However, the club’s reigning scratch champion Barlow was not to be outdone during a day which saw 18 ladies, one with a handicap of 36, complete the two-round event.

Barlow retained the club championship Ann Tankard Trophy, with a gross score of 148, including a three over par 72 in her second round, matching the ladies’ amateur course record she equalled in lifting the scratch title last season.

Barlow’s retention of the club title came within a week of her also winning the Suffolk Ladies’ Championship final.

Cade’s gross 160 gave her second place, following by Barlow’s other joint Newton course record holder, Ellie Aldous, who was third, on 164.

Seniors - 2016 Open Pairs


James Fraser (Senior Section Captain) congratulating Jim Greenfield (right) and Don Miller (left) on winning the Open  Pairs on Thursday 12th May at Newton Green

Suffolk Champion Alice




Caddie Mark Barlow with victorious daughter Alice

Alice Barlow, at the age of 17, has taken on the might of Ipswich Golf Club to win the Suffolk Ladies’ County Golf Association match-play title.

It is the first time Newton Green Golf Club has provided a winner of an individual county ladies title for 57 years.

At the end of three days of golf at Stowmarket, involving six rounds, the Thomas Gainsborough School, Cornard, pupil came up against last year’s winner in the final, and held her nerve to win two holes up with one to play.

With her dad Mark on her bag, Barlow saw off reigning champion Lottie Whyman (Ipswich) in a match which the Newton player looked like losing after eight holes, when she was three down.

But she clawed her way back, and a birdie on the 12th brought the game level. On the par five 13th Barlow sunk a massive putt on a hole she looked like losing, and from then on she matched Whymark, before winning the 15th and 16 holes. With a half on the 17th she was home and dry.

On the 36-hole, opening stroke play day, Barlow had been equally impressive, with two of the best rounds of her life giving her second place on 150, two shots behind winner Fiona Edmonds (Ipswich).

Her fellow Newton junior Ellie Aldous, also put two good rounds together to finish seventh. The scores meant the pair was into the 16-player line-up for the two-day, knock-out event. Newton was the only club to feature players in the top eight who were not members of Ipswich.

Aldous got through to the second round by beating Jenny Howlett (Bungay), before going out to eventual finalist Whyman.

Meanwhile, Barlow, who is the current Suffolk junior captain, was recording wins against May Bird (Flynn Valley), Lils James (Bungay) and, in the semi-final, Vicki Inglis (Ipswich)

The Newton player also retained the Berendt Jug she won last year for the best nett score in the opening day’s stroke-play event. She started the tournament with a handicap of five, now reduced to four.

Barlow’s success comes three years after her and Aldous, as 14-year-olds, stunned Suffolk golf by winning the Haskell Trophy.

The county has confirmed both will be included in the full Suffolk squad for county golf week later in the summer.

Newton’s last woman, individual county title winner was Mary Openshaw in 1959.


Society Day Success....



Eighteen, four-ball teams took advantage of experiencing golf at Newton Green Golf Club when a special day was set aside for entertaining golf societies.

Last year the club experienced a 30 per cent increase in visits by societies, and is hoping to maintain this trend as a result of increased on-going investment in the course.

For the recent event, visitors experienced their first taste of playing the re-modelled first hole, which is even more challenging as a result of a £6,000 tree transplanting scheme some 150 yards from the green.

The Wanderers Golf Society took the first two places in the team event.

93 Derek King, Allan Scott, Peter Hebditch and Dave Fisher,

88 Peter Stebbing, Frank Coot, Larry Nolan and Keith Reid,

87 Derek O’Shea, Paul Neale, Alan Beattie and John Anderson.

Junior Fund Raising.........


A Fund raising day which supports one of Suffolk's most successful golf junior sections has raised £1,180.The sum was raised at a chairty golf day staged at Newton Green Golf Club, where juniors made a near clean sweep of junior team titles in the county last season.

The section is self funding, and 18 teams of four supported the charity event, which started in steady rain which gradually cleared up before a torrential downpour left the approaches to the club almost marooned in flood water.

Winners: 87 Bernie Pooley, Mick Springett, Mark Barlow and Robbie Rothwell; 87 on count back, Tim Cooper, Jed Seeley,Rebecca and Gareth Evans; 84 Ian Duncan, Nick Smith, Nigel Gerrans and Tony Adams.

Pictur Caption: Winning team, left to right: Bernie Pooley, Mick Springett, Mark Barlow and Robbie Rothwell.

9 Hole Option....


Newton Green Golf Club has introduced new initiatives to make it easier for people to get into golf by playing only nine holes.

Its popular Davey pay and play membership is to be expanded to allow golfers to play either nine or18 holes.

The amount of playing points needed for Davey members to perform at weekends is also being reduced.

Peter Philpott, chairman, said: “The move is in response to national initiatives to make the sport more accessible to people who do not have time to devote three or more hours to an 18-hole round on their local golf course.

“In recent years we have we have gained a reputation for having an innovative approach to getting people involved in golf. We have received increasing demand to allow nine-hole play for Davey members, and are very pleased to make this concession.

“We also do not want the cost of pay and play membership golf to be punitive  at quiet times during the weekend.”

Recently, club professional Tim Cooper has been introducing people into the sport via the national Get into Golf campaign.

To give them confidence to enjoy the course, a starter package is being introduced which will include vouchers for nine holes and refresher lessons to continue developing their game.

Whags fence.....


A group of golfers have come to the rescue of a day club for old people by making their garden secure. The Wednesday Hackers and Golfers Society (WHAGS) perform at Newton Green Golf Club, and founder captain George Bullett extracts fines from members for various misdemeanours.

In the last year he raised £400 and it has gone to renew a fence round the garden of the Chilton Day Club run by Age UK at Sudbury. This picture shows the golfers in front of the fence with day club manager Jilly Vince and George Bullett (immediately above)

Captain Drives In Captain Putts Out




– Bill Havers putts out -

Newton Green Annual Award Winners


Men: Ian Duncan, Neil Fenn, Ian Woodhead, Ian Coleman and Roger Leonard.

Nick Smith, Nigel Gerrans, Peter Webb, James Everett, Tim Richardson and Kevin Easey.


Mixed: Bill Havers, Tim Richardson, Chris Williams, Paddy Lockwood, Kevin Easey, Sue Thurgate.

Patricia Havers, Sheila Walter, Sarah Williams, Sally Cade, Di Cunningham and Cate Fraser

Charity Cheque presentation to the Bridge Project

Newton Green Golf Club has presented a cheque for £5,100 to Sudbury's Bridge Project. Left to right: Bill Havers (retiring men's captain), Anesta Newson, the Bridge founder, Sheila Walter (retired ladies captain) and Jo Searle, chief executive of the Bridge.

Re-shaping the first .......

Fourteen trees moved in £5,000 re-alignment of first hole


A £5,000 facelift has been given to one of the best opening holes on an 18-hole course in Suffolk golf.

The first at Newton Green Golf Club has been transformed as a result of fourteen, 35ft high trees being transferred from elsewhere on the course to beside the fairway.

The hole was among the original nine laid out more than a century ago by the legendary Scottish course design James Braid.

At more than 400 yards, and with a cross ditch about 50 yards short of the green, the three-index hole was always a challenging opening test.

But, from about 170 to 100 yards out, a group of semi-mature trees have now been planted on the right of the fairway to create a semi-dog leg into the green.

Chairman Peter Philpott explained: “We needed to do something to re-align the hole to take it away from a couple of cottages.

“The nature of the hole has now been changed to make it virtually a par five for everyday golfers. The new trees have transformed a very good hole into a classic. After seeing the trees go in, everyone at the club is very excited to get playing it.

“Contractors with sophisticated, lorry mounted hydraulic equipment carried out the transplanting, and it would have been double the cost had we not had our own nursery in the form of six thousand trees installed when our second nine holes was built 25 years ago.”

New Charity supported for year ahead




The Captains of Newton Green Golf Club are now about to begin their year, and are delighted to announce that they have chosen the Kernos Centre as their chosen charity for 2016/17.

The Kernos Centre itself has been established in Sudbury for 13 years.

Their mandate is to provide provide professional counselling and support for local people with emotional and psychological difficulties – ensuring those most in need receive appropriate, effective and ongoing help, regardless of their resources or circumstances.

Kernos Centre is funded and supported entirely by grants and charitable donations which have helped to support over 2,500 clients – aged from 6 to 93 – since the Centre’s opening in March 2003.

The Captains felt this was an excellent choice of Charity due to being local to the community and meeting a community need, and which is delivering a service or expertise that our members could relate to of have affinity for.

Also due to the charity being independent, it would be where any contribution or support would be measurable.

To view their website, please click on the following link:

They also have a Facebook and Twitter page:

Newton Green Golf Club looks forward to working with Kernos Centre over the next year.


Hat-Trick for Chris....


Left to right: Roger O'Brien-Hill, Chris Williams, Andy Dodds and Derek King.



Chris Williams has completed a hat-trick of wins in the popular Andy Platter competition staged for seniors at Newton Green Golf Club.

Three years running the paramedic pot hunter has led the field home in the Stableford competition, and this year he completed the task on temporary greens, with the course covered in frost at the start of the day.

His 39 points saw him lead home Roger O'Brien-Hill 37 and Derek King 36, with the trophy being presented by Andy Dodds, who launched the competition 20 years ago before the club had an official seniors section.

In recent times women have also been part of the day, with recent ladies captain Sheila Walter winning the section with 40 points, followed by current captain Sally Cade 36, and Sue Lockwood 33.

Nearest pin prizes: Ladies, Angela Chapman. Men, Steve Street and Brian Joy. Mixed, Lee Prentice, Bill Havers and Di Cunningham.

Sally Drives In




A year of slings and arrows could be on the horizon for Newton Green Golf Club’s new ladies’ captain Sally Cade.

She hails from Nottingham, and dressed up as Robin Hood for her frosty morning drive-in.

Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, the Sheriff of Nottingham  and a whole host of other characters from the forest turned up to support the recently retired Colchester school games teacher.


The big crowd on the first tee then saw her hit an arrow-like drive of long bow proportions down the fairway. The opening shot of her season travelled 194 yards, a record for a ladies drive-in at the club, and beat a few drives by some incoming male captains in recent years.

Before starting her season, Sally watched retiring captain Sheila Walter conclude her year by putting out on the 18th green.

Drive-in results

10-hole Stableford,  53 Angela Chapman and Susan Sills, 51 Sue Thurgate and Pat Walsh, 50 (ocb) Glenys Grove and Clarice Chittenden, 50 Pat Hawkins and Sue Hobbs.

Newton Ladies


Newton Green’s female friendly reputation has borne fruit with the club’s women making an ever increasing impact on the affairs of Suffolk Ladies’ County Golf Association.

The club has been conscious of the need to attract more girls and women into the game, and its inclusive policies have been paying dividends, says captain Sheila Walter.

She added: “As a result, for a number of years the number of women golfers at the club has been expanding, and we are delighted to be contributing at county level.”

Now, former Newton ladies’ captain Di Cunningham has been elected county secretary. With a handicap of 13, she is a member of the team that represents the club in the county’s main inter club league contest, the Weston Trophy. She also plays in the Stearn knock-out team, and as a player and captain has been involved with Newton sides which have won the Cranworth Trophy.

Di follows onto the county committee fellow Newton member Rebecca Evans  who a  year ago became Suffolk’s representative on the sports’ national body England Golf.

Meanwhile, at the recent county annual meeting, Alice Barlow was awarded the Eva Harris Shield as junior golfer of the year, and named  junior captain for 2016. During last season she won the county junior stroke and match play titles and the Suffolk girls’ autumn meeting

She succeeds fellow Newton player Ellie Aldous as junior captain. Ellie was awarded her full county colours at the annual meeting, having won a number of matches during county golf week.


Di Cunningham


                                  Rebecca Evans                   Alice Barlow                       Ellie Aldous

New Club Manager Ben Tawell




Newton Green Golf Club’s new manager has spoken of his desire to help the club build on its impressive improvement in recent years.

Ben Tawell, 27, takes up his new role in early January after being on the staff at Rushmere Golf Club, Ipswich.

He said: “At Rushmere I have been able to achieve a solid grounding in all roles of the sport, from working with the green keepers, bar management and administration.

“Newton Green has been moving forward impressively in recent years and the appointment offers me the chance to help the club continue on that path.”

A six handicap golfer, he has performed a number of administrative roles at Rushmere, where he has played in the Stenson and Hambro teams.

His father Bob is club manager at Rushmere and, at Newton, Ben replaces the recently retired Carole List.

Ben has been at Rushmere for nine years, after gaining A levels at Copleston High School, and his move to Newton means he will have to give up his part-time role as a coach at the Ipswich Town Youth Academy.

With his partner Rachel, he has two young children, and has recently been looking to develop his career by attending golf management training.


Two and a half years after undergoing heart surgery a schoolboy is hoping to achieve his aim of earning a living from golf.


Initially, James Cooper did not think he was physically fit enough to follow his father into the professional ranks of the game – but his hopes have been lifted after a summer of success.


He has been part of the Newton Green Golf Club squad that has swept the board in Suffolk junior golf in recent months –and seen his own handicap plunge from 32 at the time of his operation to six.


By this time next year he hopes to be working part time with his dad Tim Cooper in the professional’s shop at Newton as a retailing apprentice. He will also study for sports B-Tech  qualification at school. Within three years he hopes to become a full Professional Golfers Association degree student.


James, a 15-year-old pupil at Ormiston Academy, Sudbury, had a history of heart problems, although a heart murmur diagnosed at birth cleared up.


However, in his teens he experienced breathing problems and he was found to have lesions on his aorta, which restricted the blood flow to his body.


He was 13 at the time, and within a few weeks of undergoing open heart surgery won the club’s junior shield.


James recalls: “The win gave me a tremendous boost. After previously struggling with my breathing everything just took off and I began to dream of following in my father’s footsteps.


“The bench mark for becoming a scratch golfer is to half your handicap each year. I started this year on 14, and now it is six. Because my handicap has been coming down so quickly I have not actually won any competitions, but it has still been a memorable season.


“I have played for the club in the Suffolk Tolly Cobbold competition, and been part of team performances which have seen Newton win titles at county junior level, and go on to represent the county nationally.”


James would like to clinch a place in Newton’s successful Suffolk Hambro Cup team and follow in the footsteps of fellow juniors Jed Seeley, Harvey Watts and Connor Talbot, who were part of this year’s winning side.


The club is currently running a junior recruitment drive offer, which includes a free set of clubs for all young starters, and the opportunity to be part of the county’s most successful junior section.


Further details are available on 01787 377217


Wall of fame........



A new wall of fame has been created at Newton Green Golf Club to recognise its outstanding success in recent seasons.

In its last half a dozen years the club has registered more success at county level than in its previous 100 years.

Its new photographic display of winners was unveiled at the club’s third annual celebration night in a row following a year in which the Suffolk Hambro Cup was retained and the club’s juniors cleaned up nearly all the major junior titles available.

Mike Stevenson, Suffolk Golf Union junior golf chairman, attended the evening, and said: “What has been happening at Newton Green is a template for exactly what we are trying to achieve with clubs across Suffolk.

“We are trying to create a pyramid of success through the clubs with players that feed through to such competitions as the Hambro Cup and into our county teams.

“Newton players are already taking significant roles in our under 18, 16 and 14 sides that have achieved an outstanding level of success this year at regional level.”

During his speech, Mr Stevenson also praised the club’s retiring manager Carole List for her co-operation in supporting the work of the county

The evening heard juniors had contributed significantly to the success of the Hambro winning side, while the club had won both the county junior Stableford and handicap team titles, and gone on to represented Suffolk nationally.

On the girls’ front, Ellie Aldous had been county captain and Alice Barlow won both the match play and stroke play titles, in addition to being Suffolk schools champion. Both also represented the county at adult level

Junior Open Championship


An impressive three under par round of 66 has enabled Jed Seeley to retain the junior open championship title at his home club of Newton Green.

Jed Seeley pictured right with Runner Up Lewis Whiting

Seeley, who set a new course record of 63 just over a year ago, registered six birdies and three bogeys – including three putting the final green – as he led home second place Lewis Whiting, of Haverhill. Whiting, who won the competition two years ago, scored 73.

It is Seeley’s final year as a junior, and although he could now sign up as a Professional Golfers Association trainee with club professional Tim Cooper, he has decided to spend a year improving his status as an amateur.

He plays off a handicap of one, and will continue to work in the club shop at Newton.

The open attracted the largest field for the Suffolk series of junior events this year, and the home club also won the Aldous Trophy for the top scoring three player team.Winners Harvey Watts, Ellie Aldous and Seeley totalled 107 Stableford points.

Harvey Watts, Ellie Aldous and Jed Seeley

Individual scores.

Division 1 (medal), 67 Sam Nixon, Stoke, 68 Luke Middleton, Ipswich, 71 Alice Barlow, Newton.

Division 2 (Stableford), 35 ocb Will Garland, Ipswich, 35 Harry Palmer, Aldeburgh, 34 Kieran Sorrell, Newton.

Division 3 (Stableford), 41 Georgia Parker, Bury St Edmunds, 36 Teddy Hall, West Suffolk, 35 Kieran Heard, Newton.




A record number of 80 players competed for a mininature water closet in a Ladies versus Seniors dual at Newton Green Golf Club.

The annual challenge between the two sections continues to attract an ever increasing number of contestants, with the ladies and seniors taking IT in turn to host the day.

If the men win the match, the seat of the closet is left up for a year, but is closed down if the ladies are victorious.

In the latest encounter Seniors captain Mike Barnes (right) led  his team to a 12-9 victory, and ladies captain Sheila Walter did the honours of presenting the trophy.

Junior Initiative......



Youngsters up to the age of 11 are being given the opportunity to learn golf at one of Suffolk’s most successful centres for junior golf.

Newton Green Golf Club has launched a new initiative which will give boys and girls their own set of clubs, lessons and a club membership all for the price of £120.

The scheme is among ideas launched nationally to bring more youngsters into the sport, and follows a recent Newton initiative involving the distribution via school to 500 golf themed posters by famous local cartoonist Barrie Appleby.

Club professional and junior organiser Tim Cooper says the membership offer, including a set of clubs, has already had very successful launches at a handful of clubs across the country.

He continued: “Our junior section is already a high flying part of the club, but there is a trend nationally for junior recruitment to decline.

“We have come so far with our junior golf we have to ensure the legacy continues. With families thinking of ideas for Christmas presents for youngsters, what could be better than investing in a gift that could lead to enjoyment for a lifetime?”

For further details contact 01787-377217 or

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More Junior Success


Newton Green has defeated Ufford Park in the Suffolk Junior Team Handicap cup to add another trophy to a golden season for the club’s juniors.

The six-strong team now goes forward to represent the county at Warley Park in the Eastern Region qualifying round of the Home Counties Championship on September 27.

Newton has already won the three-player Suffolk team handicap (Stableford) cup and finished fourth out of 33 teams in the national final.

This comes in a year when Newton’s  Ellie Aldous is captain of the county’s junior girls, and Alice Barlow has won both the stroke and match play junior titles, as well as both continuing to represent the county ladies team.

The latest stroke play team success was staged at Hintlesham, and Newton overcame Ufford, who they also beat in the Stableford final. The latest encounter was in doubt until late in the match, as several games went to the final few holes.

With Jed Seeley, James Cooper and Kieron Sorrell having established a 3 – 1 lead, but Ufford performing strongly in the final two games, it needed the one-up Oli Page to gain at least a half from the remaining two holes to get Newton over the line.

As it happened, an unfortunate mix up led to both Page and Mat McCreal playing the wrong balls. The Newton player was awarded the hole as his opponent had offended first, giving Newton overall victory. In the sixth match, Alex Iveson was two down, also on the 17th, but with the match decided, his game was conceded.

Junior captain Connor Talbot, who did not appear in the final, but had played in two previous rounds, received the trophy from Suffolk Golf Union president Phil Platten.

Scores. Newton names first: Seeley won 2 & 1 to Harry Fricker, Watts lost one down to George Fricker, Cooper won 5 & 4 to Tripp, Sorrell won one up to Robertson, Page won 2 & 1 to McGreal, Iveson lost 2 & 1 to Smith.

 Picture: Phil Platten (Suffolk EGU president), Kieron Sorrell, Connor Talbot, Jed Seeley, Oli Page, James Cooper, Alex Iveson, Harvey Watts.


Manager, Carole List, who has been at the club for more than 14 years, is to retire.


Confirming her decision, chairman Peter Philpott, said: “It is with regret that I have to inform you that our Club Manager, Carole List, has decided to retire. She will be working her notice and her last day is planned to be on Friday 11th December.


Carole has decided that the time is right for her to have more free time to spend on family and hobbies.


Carole first joined the club in April 2001 in a part-time role and then, three years later, was appointed to her current position. With such a wealth of experience she will be missed. 


In the circumstances the Main Committee will be discussing the necessary steps and actions to be taken and members will be kept informed.”


2015 Ladies Open



The annual ladies open at Newton Green Golf Club attracted a full house of entries from clubs across the region.

The competition was played on a Stableford Waltz format, with one of three teams competing from Playgolf , Colchester, taking first spot, followed by Woodbridge and Colne Valley.

Leading scores:

105 points Nicky Withycomb, Gina McMillan, Rose Cole and Sue Patrick (Playgolf Colchester); 103 Nina Neilson, Ann Graves, Julie Larter and Andrea McNally (Woodbridge); 101 Linda White, Diane Jeggo, Jan Eves and Corrine Burford (Colne Valley); 100 Lynne Southgate, Lucy Sadler, Jennie Boyden and Linda Marshall (Playgolf Colchester).

Front nine: 45 Rosie Sutterby, Mary Wakeford, Julie Ellis and Mabel Curtis (Richmond Park).

Back nine: 49 Catherine le Tue, Maria Stallwood, Joka Fayers and Jenny Stevens ( Playgolf Colchester).

Nearest pin 6th hole; Maureen Dale (Playgolf Colchester).

Nearest pin 13th hole: Denise Walker (Haverhill).

2015 Hambro Success........



Back row: Bill Havers (men's captain), Mike Polley, Russell Oakey, Phil Platten (Suffolk president) Greg Hills, Ian Woodhead (team captain), Harvey Watts, Bob Talbot and Simon Bearman.

Front: Jed Seeley, Lewis Woodhead and Connor Talbot


Newton Green Golf Club achieved a new club first by retaining the Suffolk Hambro Cup.


Until last year the club had failed to win the county’s premier handicap, knock-out team event for 42 years – and now it has done it twice in successive seasons.

Haverhill was the latest team to be overcome. This year’s final was held at Bury St Edmunds, and Haverhill gave Newton a much more difficult run for their money than Ipswich had done 12 months ago at Woodbridge.

Newton led the morning foursomes by a narrow five holes, and the margin looked precarious as Haverhill fought back strongly after lunch.

With the challengers knocking in a series of birdie putts mid-way through some of the closer matches, it began to look as if they had Newton on the run.  At one stage they were a hole ahead across all the day’s games

However, the Newton pairing of Simon Bearman and Mike Polley was putting a number of holes in the locker, eventually finishing eight up to Matt Fairlie and Gerry Scott, having already led Andy Fish and Paul Bartlett by five in the morning. The follow-up afternoon success provided the buffer for overall team success.

Although down in some of the other afternoon encounters, Newton held their nerve, but it was not until the finishing shots of the final games that it became clear the trophy had been maintained, with a one hole lead to add to the five of the morning.


Despite having lost a couple of the big hitters from last year’s line-up, Newton proved they had the strength in depth to pull off another significant run, which had also included victories against formidable opposition in the form of Ipswich, Rushmere and Hintlesham.

Newton non playing captain Ian Woodhead received the trophy from county president Phil Platten.

Results. Newton names first.

Morning:  Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts one up to Dave Spittle and Jack Bligh; Connor Talbot and Bob Talbot three down to Gerry Scott and Matt Fairlie; Simon Bearman and Mike Polley  five up to Andy Fish and Paul Bartlett; Jed Seeley and Greg Hill two up to Chris Vince and Jack Warwick. Newton five up.

Afternoon:  Oakey and Watts  four down to Spittle and Bligh; C Talbot and Lewis Woodhead two down to Fish and Bartlett; Bearman and Polley eight up to Fairlie and Scott; Seeley and Hills one down to Vince and Warwick. Newton one up.


Double for Alice


Newton Green Golf Club’s 16-year-old Alice Barlow has won both the stroke and match play Suffolk junior girls titles in the same year.

Alice, who equalled the course record of 72 when regaining the ladies’ championship at her home club earlier in the season, completed the Suffolk junior double by beating Molly Newson (handicap 12) on the last hole of the  Suffolk match play final at Ufford Park.

The game was played in seriously deteriorating conditions, with the 18th green beginning to flood when Alice (handicap five) ended a spirted fightback by her opponent by going one up on the final hole.

During May, Alice won the county junior stroke play championship at Purdis Heath, Ipswich.

She also recently played for Suffolk in the Eastern region junior inter county event, winning two, halving one and losing two of her five matches, which were all played against players with scratch handicaps.

However, because of examination commitments, she had to miss playing for the full county side during the ladies Eastern inter county week.

Alice Barlow with her two Suffolk trophies


Top Dog....



Immediate past Newton Green men's captain Andrew Johnson has met up with the Canine Partners dog the club helped purchase.

With last year's ladies captain Sue Thurgate, and seniors captain Mike Norton, the club raised £7,000 to sponsor the dog named Trent.

Trent is now spending a year at the home of Julie Bishop (pictured) for basic training, after which he will move to the main office of Canine Partners for more intense instruction.

Towards the end of the the second year an appropriate life partner will be identified, and spend time with Trent and his trainers, before they both leave together.

At that stage there should be a passing out ceremony, to which the golf club is expected to be invited.

In the next few months it it hoped Julie and Trent will be visiting the golf club.

Another Final....



Newton Green Golf Club juniors are involved in another Suffolk team final.

In the semi-finals of the county junior match play event, Newton defeated Rushmere, Ipswich, at Fynn Valley by 3.5 games to 2.5.

At a neutral venue to be announced, they now meet Ufford Park, who they also met in the recent county three-man handicap team final, when recording a victory and went on to finish fourth in the national club championships.

Three players from that side Harvey Watts, Oli Page and James Cooper, are also part of the team that has reached the match play final.

Picture: Left to right: Alex Iveson, Oli Page, Harvey Watts, James Cooper, Ben Uttridge and Kieron Heard.

Hambro Success.....


Harvey Watts


Holders Newton Green are back in the Suffolk Hambro Cup final after a narrow, two-hole, semi-final victory against Hintlesham.

In the final on Sunday, August 30, they play Haverhill, who earlier in the season knocked Newton out of the Stenson Shield.

The semi-final win was recorded on the neutral course of Woodbridge where, in convincing style, Newton won the cup last year for the first time in more than 40 years, against Purdis Heath, Ipswich.

Earlier this summer, Newton knocked out Purdis again, along with another fancied Ipswich side, Rushmere.


Jed Seeley

Without having appeared in any type of county team final for more than four decades, Newton has now recorded a hat-trick of men’s finals, having lost the county scratch Stenson team final three years ago, and now two Hambro handicap cup appearances in succession.

The record underlines the club’s recent, remarkable climb towards the higher echelons of Suffolk golf.

Its women are striding to grab a place in the top two of ladies golf in the county, by becoming runners-up in the Weston League, and its juniors are already Suffolk Stableford team champs, and looking to repeat the exercise in the team stroke play competition.

The semi-final Hambro victory against Hintlesham was a close affair, after Newton had given themselves a useful, eight-hole lead during the morning foursomes.

Both teams retained the same line-ups for the afternoon, and the Newton lead partnership of Russell  Oakey and junior Harvey Watts came home two holes up. However, in two other matches, Hintlesham were turning the tables in convincing manner, but another senior/junior partnership win from Greg Hills and Jed Seeley saw Newton home.


(Newton names second)

Morning:  Debenham and Hellyer all square with Oakey and Watts, Hayward and Redding four down to Connor and Bob Talbot, Jones and Brooks one up to Bearman and Polly, Meredith and King five down to Seeley and Hills. Newton eight up.

Afternoon: Debenham and Hellyer two down to Oakey and Watts, Hayward and Redding six up to Talbot and Talbot, Jones and Brooks five up to Bearman and Polley, Meredith and King three down to Seeley and Hills. Hintlesham six up.




Juniors Success ......


Youngsters from Newton Green Golf Club 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 was 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 153.

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.

Newton is also through to the semi-finals of the Suffolk junior match play team event.

Festival of Golf 2015



Newton Green’s annual flag ship event, the Jonathan Lambert Festival of Golf, enjoyed record support from members and a week of fine weather.

Retired village shop keeper Tony Mitchell had special reasons to smile at the Saturday night presentation evening as earlier in the day he had led home the field in the main event of the week.

Tony had his handicap cut from 26 to 23 as a result of carding an impressive 43 points to lead the biggest ever field of 132 competitors in the Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver.

Handy man and seniors member Tony, having already built an all-weather cab for his golf buggy, is now using his retirement to try and achieve a handicap of 18.

Best lady in the salver was Jenny Downes on 39 points, with Alice Barlow best junior with 34.

Running alongside the Stableford competition, was a scratch contest for the Carole List Goblet, which was won by Ben Uttridge with a four over part 73.

During the week Tony Mitchell had also picked up the Kiskadee Trophy on Thursday with partner Lynne Hart, who also got her hands on the winning sheet for being part of the team which won the Wednesday Stablelford team event.

Peter Philpott, club chairman, commenting on the success of the week, said: “Things could not have gone better. We aim to be an inclusive club and the festival shows just what that means. With eight events across  six days everyone comes together to enjoy social golf.”

Points means Prizes, D Willett.

Delaney Scramble, James Fraser, Ted Clarkson, Alex Iveson and Alan Vince. Stableford, Tom King, Bob Ablitt, Frank Salt and Lynne Hart.

Foxes and Rabbits, Ian Duncan.

Kiskadee Trophy, Tony Mitchell and Lynne Hart.

Cross Country, Eloise Aldous.

Three Clubs and Putter, Andrew Johnson, Bill Havers and Stewart Steel.

Carole List Goblet, Ben Uttridge.

Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver, Tony Mitchell; best junior, Alice Barlow; best lady, Jennie Downes.


Newton Green’s winning team who beat Gorleston away, the scores were tied at 3-3 when Jed Seeley won on the first extra playoff hole to put Newton Green into the semi-final.


Pictured left to right, Kieran Heard, Oli Page, Ben Uttridge, Connor Talbot, Harvey Watts and Jed Seeley.


They will now face Rushmere at a neutral venue in the last four.


A trio of Newton Green junior golfers are off to play in a national final after becoming Suffolk champions.


They beat Ufford Park at Ipswich Golf Club to win the county Junior Handicap Cup, and will now represent Suffolk  at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, on August 10 and 11.


The winning trio were James Cooper, whose dad and junior section organiser at Newton is professional Tim Cooper, along with Harvey Watts and Oli Page.


With Stableford scores of 41 for Page, 39 Watts and 35 Cooper, they recorded a total of 115 points, against an Ufford Park team score of 98.


In earlier rounds, Newton had defeated Gorleston and Felixstowe in close encounters. 


Harvey Watts, aged  15, plays off a handicap of five, and is in his second season representing the club’s senior side in the Suffolk Hambro Cup. He recently won the Waldringfield Junior Open.


James Cooper, also 15, has a handicap of 10, and has had senior experience in the club’s Tolly Cobbold side. Page, aged 14, plays off19.


This success at junior level comes within a few days of 17-year-old Jed Seeley winning the Ipswich Golf Club junior open with an impressive two under par round of 69.


Tim Cooper (left) with James Cooper, Harvey Watts and Oli Page

Hambro Success


Newton Green is on the march again in the Suffolk Hambro Cup.

Having failed up to last year to win the county’s top team handicap event in more than four decades, the club is back in the semi-finals as it bids top grab the trophy for the second year running.

The remaining stumbling block for another final appearance is Hintlesham, who will provide the opposition in the semis at Woodbridge on Sunday, August 16.

In the other semi, Haverhill play Gorleston.

Newton has good memories of Woodbridge, where it put the powerful Ipswich Golf Club to the sword by 18 holes in last year’s final.

Just to prove this result was no fluke, Ipswich recently provided the opposition at Newton in this year’s quarter final – and again went down – but by a narrower score of four holes.

In the previous round, Newton had defeated another powerful Ipswich outfit, Rushmere.

The quarter final saw the sides level on holes after the opening 18 holes of foursomes, and a couple of matches involving runaway scores for each side after lunch meant the middle two games were decisive.

Thankfully, the father and son partnership of Bob and Connor Talbot, and the pairing of Simon Bearman and Mike Polley, who both recorded three-up wins in the afternoon, saw Newton through.


Newton Green Golf Club's juniors are through the final of the Suffolk team championship and will meet Ufford Park on a neutral course for the title.


In the quarter finals they won at Gorleston with a putt on the last hole by Ollie Page putting them through to the semi-finals.


The three-player contest is competed  on the three combined Stableford points of the team. In the semis at Fynn Valley, Newton's trio of Page, Harvey Watts and James Cooper again pulled off a narrow victory, this time against Felixstowe when the totals were 100 to 97.


Picture, left to right : Harvey Watts, James Coopr and Ollie Page.


Newton Green has taken the first step forward in attempting to retain the Suffolk Hambro Cup, which they won for the first time in more than 40 years last summer.


After a first round bye in the county’s top handicap team event, they have defeated a strong Ipswich Rushmere team by five holes in a difficult, windblown, second round encounter at Newton. 


They now entertain Ipswich in the quarter finals on July 19. It will be a repeat of last year’s famous win when Newton demolished the highly-fancied Purdis Heath club in the final at Woodbridge


The experienced Russell Oakey and junior Harvey Watts were the linchpins of the home club’s success against the leading  Rushmere  pairing of M Buck and J Wright.


Oakey and the 15-year-old Watts were three up after the morning 18 holes, and repeated the dose in the afternoon in an impressive display which saw the visiting duo suffer their first 36 defeat for more than six years.


Another junior, Jed Seeley, and club champion Greg Hills scored a similar three-up win in the morning against K Eagle and P Robinson, but an all-square and a reverse in the other two matches meant the home team was four up at lunch.


Rushmere fought back in the afternoon session, but Newton still managed to be one up overall across the four matches, contributing to a five-hole victory.




Morning: R Oakey and H Watts three up to M Buck and J Wright, C Talbot and Bob Talbot all square with B Tawell and P Howard, S Bearman and M Polley two down to I Pope and G Goldmith, J Seeley and G Hills three up to K  Eagle and P Robinson.


Afternoon: Oakey and Watts three up to Buck and Wright, C and R Talbot all square with Tawell and Howard, Bearman and Polley one down to Pope and Goldsmith, Seeley and Hills one down to Eagle and Robinson.




A new format for the Newton Green Golf Club men’s championship, incorporating a presentation barbecue, proved a great success.

The 36-hole championship for single handicappers, along with similar 18-hole titles for 10-18 and 19-28 players, were dovetailed to end at the same time.

Previously, the higher handicap events ended at lunch time, leaving the single figure golfers to continue on their own in the afternoon.

The new format meant a large crowd was present to see Greg Hills pick up the president’s salver for completing the 36-hole event with a three over par 142.

It was a hat-trick of wins for the three handicapper (now back to two), having previously won the title in 2010 and 2011. He missed the next season while working abroad, and watched rivals Ian Woodhead and Russell Oakey lift the trophy the following two years.

Hills recorded rounds of 72 and 70 to regain the title, just one shot ahead course record holder Jed Seeley, who carded 73 and 70, with former champion Oakey a further shot behind on 144, with rounds of 70 and 74.

In the 10-18 handicap event, Kieron Sorrell won the Harry Wordley Trophy with a score of 80, just one shot better than fellow junior James Cooper, while next on 83 were Nigel Gerrans, Sam Pritchard and Ben Wilkinson.

In the 19-28 division Craig Rollinson, whose handicap has been plunging since joining the club a year ago, won on 85 from Tom Wise 89 and Roger Leonard 92.


Craig Rollinson and Ian Woodhead


Greg Hills


Harry Wordley and Kieron Sorrell


Kieron Sorrell, Greg Hills and Craig Rollinson



Newton Green Golf Club’s low handicap women have hit a successful streak, although the high handicap members of the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy  team has fallen at the first hurdle.


Club champion Alice Barlow has added the Suffolk Girls’ Junior title to her current collection of awards, just beating Newton colleague Ellie Aldous on count back in the 36-hole championship event at Ipswich Golf Club.


Due to school examination commitments, Barlow has been forced to pull out of the Suffolk Ladies team playing in the Eastern Counties Golf Week towards the end of July, although Aldous will still be there to represent Newton.


Barlow pulled off a significant win in the club’s home Weston League Division One match with Felixstowe, beating the visitor’s highly-ranked  Amanda  Norman in the top match of the day. It set Newton on the path to a convincing 4 -1 victory in this scratch team event, and followed the cliff hanger defeat against favourites Ipswich in the opening match.
Other winners for Newton against Felixstowe were Aldous, Emily Penfold and Cate Fraser,  with Sally Cade the only player to taste defeat.


As lead player, Barlow scored her third successive victory in the Weston as Newton beat Bungay 3 – 2, and look assured of holding their place in the top division. Aldous and Penfold put the team into an unassailable lead, with Fraser and Di Cunningham, who missed a putt on the 18th to go into a play-off hole,  just going down in the following matches.


In in the first round of the Suffolk Stearn Trophy (handicaps  12-20), Newton came out victorious 2 -1 at Waldringfield, and now travel to Rookery Park, Lowestoft, in the next round of a competition played off 36 holes.


On this occasion Cade and her partner Jan Doe pulled off the all-important victory against the home club, being two up to Mary Tucker and Margaret Knott. Earlier, Newton’s Laura Lowe and Cate Fraser had completed a comfortable seven and six win against Pat Dougan and Liz Jones, while the visitor’s pairing of Cunningham and Rebecca Evans tasted a similar margin of defeat against Trish Galleway and Liz Smith.


However, the recent run of team success was a different story for the club in the Cranworth Trophy, which has ended on the Newton trophy shelf twice in recent years, with defeat against Haverhill on the neutral Waldringfield venue.




A first Champions Day is being staged at Newton Green Golf Club on Sunday (June 14) as the club seeks to raise the profile of its major trophies.

Peter Philpott, club chairman, said: "Our club championship title is a top class event featuring what are now some of the best players in Suffolk. We feel a special day is required to mark this celebration of what we have offer for our top line players."
The main event will be the President's Salver, which is the club 36-hole championship trophy competed for by Division One players.

Holder Russell Oakey will be defending his title in a field which also includes Mark Duthie, the man with whom he shared the amateur course record until junior Jed Seeley tore up the record book last summer, and who will also be competing for the crown.

Meanwhile, the 18-hole events for the Division Two G.H. Wordley Trophy and the Division Three G.I. Woodhead Trophy, will have later starts to enable conclusion around the time of the main event. The day will conclude with a presentation barbecue.

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Beaumont Success....



Paddy Lockwood, Ted Clarkson, Bill Havers (non -playing captain), Harry Wordley, Mike Hawkins

Fred Looman, Andrew Johnson, Mick Barlow, Peter Cade


Newton Green seniors have won through to the second round of the Suffolk Beaumont Trophy.

The competition is for men with handicaps between 13 and 24, and aged over 55 years. Two players of 65-plus must be included.

Newton has seldom made any prolonged progress in the past, and now entertains Felixstowe in the second round, after defeating Woodbridge by 10 holes.

The first round win was at home, with Newton managing to win all its four-ball, better ball encounters in a day that provided testing conditions of intermittent storm force winds and rain.

Results (Newton names first): Andrew Johnson and Paddy Lockwood won three up to Gareth Edwards and Richard Fergusson, Fred Looman and Harry Wordley won one up to Peter Miller and David McGinity, Mick Barlow and Peter Cade won four up to Tony Rubin and Paul Harrop, Ted Clarkson and Mike Hawkins won two up to Geoff Spencer and John Tonkin.

Alice & Ellie..........




Alice  Barlow  scored  a second round, course record equalling 72 to take the ladies’ 36-hole scratch championship at Newton Green Golf Club.

For the fourth consecutive year the title represented a head-to-head tussle between Barlow and  her fellow junior and Suffolk ladies player Ellie Aldous.

Both 16-year-olds scored 79 in their morning rounds, and in the afternoon Aldous could only improve her score by  one shot, for a 157 total, but Barlow’s three over par second round 72 saw her regain the title by six shots.

Her 72 equalled the previous best ladies’ score set at Newton by Aldous.  The pair now have their names on the Ann Tankard Trophy twice each.

In the 36-hole nett score championship for the Emmie Hoare Cup, Leighann Wordley produced  scores of 69 and 74 to give her a one shot margin win over Cate Fraser.

Ann Tankard Trophy:   151 Alice Barlow, 157 Ellie Aldous, 168 Emily Penfold.

Emmie Hoare Cup: 143 Leighann Wordley, 144 Cate Fraster, 146 Sue Lockwood.


*Newton Green ladies have been knocked out of the Mail on Sunday team competition, going down 3 -2 away to Frinton in the fourth round.

Rebecca Evans




While pondering her thoughts training for a 60-mile ultra-marathon later in the summer, Sudbury’s Rebecca Evans can always direct her mind to the affairs of her main sport of golf.

The 17 handicapper from Newton Green Golf Club has recently been nominated to represent Suffolk Ladies’ County Golf Association as a voting delegate on the game’s national governing body England Golf.

It means she takes a close interest on behalf of women golfers in Suffolk as the sport continues to forge a viable union between two sexes that until recent times have gone very much their own way.

Nationally, participation in golf has taken a knock in recent years, which means delegates such as Rebecca have a major responsibility setting out the path to recovery.

She reports: “We are starting to see some encouraging signs that the decline is bottoming out. The sport is being proactive in eliminating its previous perception of being stuffy and taking a lot of time to play.

“A lot of work is being put into the Get Into Golf initiative, which means people can contact their local club and for just £20 be taught by a fully qualified professional the  rudiments of the game over a four week period. Thereafter, most progressive clubs are now offering a range of options for testing the water still further.

“In some quarters the game has taken a long time to wake up to reality. I am lucky to come from a club which has been ahead of the game in this respect, and at county level I believe Suffolk also has a very progressive attitude.

“I can only speak from the evidence I have seen at women’s level, but Suffolk seems to be served by a team of very able people, with good business and organisational skills.

“The county is also very proactive with young people, and it is refreshing that the girls’ junior organiser is only her early twenties.”

Rebecca’s national duties include attending four meetings a year, including at least one at England Golf’s Lincolnshire headquarters Woodhall Spa, where attendance gives her the chance to play at the famous Hotchkin Course.

She also sits on the Suffolk Golf Partnership, which seeks to promote the sport through various golf bodies, including county associations and the Professional Golfers’ Association.

Back at Newton, where she was a member of the club’s last Suffolk Cranworth Trophy winning side, she is now part of the under 20 handicap Stearn team, as well as playing in the Mail On Sunday squad.

Recently, she took part in her first marathon run. She completed the Brighton event in a very creditable three hours 58 minutes. Her next running challenge is the 100 kilometre ultra-marathon being run along the Stour Valley Long Distance Path between Newmarket and Cattawade during August.

Good Winter at Newton


Newton Green's ability to provide uninterupted winter golf has led to a very successful season in a competition aimed at preventing competitive Sunday morning players becoming rusty.

All ten rounds of the series of roll-up competitions run by professiional Tim Cooper have been completed, with around 60 players for many rounds.

In recent times the club has gained from an influx of golfers from north Essex, and half the contestants finishing in the top ten of the winter series came from south of the Suffolk border.

They were led by George Szpurko, whose three best Stableford scores came to 129 points, beating Sudbury's George Spencer and another Essex man Aiden Theedom, with 126 points each.

Other leading scores: 124 Trevor Byham, 122 Mark Chambers, 118 Phil Wheton, 116 Nigel Gerrans, 115 Matthew Gregory, Les Tatum and Mick Gronland.

Club chairman Peter Philpott said the ability of the course to provide year round golf had led the club to consider the introduction of second club membership, which would enable players from neighbouring courses with drainage problems to also affiliate at Newton and keep their game going over the winter.

He added: "Our course has been closed only one day during the winter, and its presentation will improve still further with planned investment in further works, with a special emphasis on our greens."

Cartoon Capers



Cartoon capers are to be used by a golf club to entice more young people into the sport.

One of the country’s leading comic strip artists has put his talents to work to create a cartoon aimed at catching the attention of youngsters.

Barrie Appleby, who illustrates for the Beano and other comics, has teamed up with Newton Green Golf Club in Suffolk.

Nationwide, the number of juniors joining clubs has tailed off in recent times, and Newton’s aim is to engage their attention.

The club has gained a reputation for its progressive recruitment ideas, and has capitalised on the talents of neighbour Barrie, whose home overlooks the course.

Barrie said: “As we are near neighbours it was a pleasure to be involved.”

His illustration has been used by Sudbury-based Ark Design Consultants to produce a flyer. Each year until 2017 the club will circulate 350 Year Six pupils (aged 10-11) in a dozen local primary schools.

As part of the initiative, the club’s professional Tim Cooper has been carrying out a series of get into golf sessions in the schools. These will culminate in an inter schools competition at the club, and invitations to the keener pupils for more free lessons.

Peter Phillpot, club chairman, said: “We have one of the most successful junior sections in East Anglia and do not want to be caught out by the nationwide decline in interest from young people.

“We are being proactive by investing resources. The generous gesture from Barrie Appleby to assist our cause means we can blaze a trail and try to ensure we capture the attention of young people.

“We need to continue helping develop the sport locally, and ensure Newton Green is a benchmark club for young people.”

In recent times the club has had youngsters qualifying for national squad training and has a dozen juniors representing Suffolk at various levels.

Bookings can be made on 01787-377217 for 30 minute taster lessons for youngsters from 1.30 pm on Saturday, April 18.

*Barrie Appleby’s work is featured  on Saturdays in the EADT illustrating the humour of Suffolk writer Charlie Haylock.






PIctured above: Presentation winners at the 2015 annual meeting of Newton Green Golf Club, plus the award of a cheque to Canine Partners for £7,500 - a record charity figure for the club.








Newton Green’s Ellie Aldous is to be junior captain of Suffolk Girls for 2015.


The 16-year-old still has two seasons of junior golf to represent the county, and has already become a member of the senior team squad, including making her debut in the regional county golf week during 2014.


One of the longer hitters in Suffolk ladies’ golf, she and fellow Newton junior Alice Barlow became the youngster ever winners of the county’s prestigious Haskell Trophy in 2013.


Ellie is at West Suffolk College where she is studying for a BTech in Sports Excellence Sciences.


She has played at Newton since the age of 10, and in 2008 made national headlines when she beat off a 100-strong field of adult golfers to win the club’s prestigious Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver. 


Ellie then played off a handicap of 42, although qualification for the event has now been cut to 36. During the year her handicap was five, but at present stands at six.




Musical Mike Norton surprised his senior section colleagues at Newton Green Golf Club with ditties about some of the frailties of his fellow players.


The senior section captain, whose talents had previously been hidden, produced his guitar to bring down the curtain on the section’s annual Texas scramble and Christmas lunch.


In his youth he had been part of an amateur skiffle act, but put that phase away during a career in the police force.


After retiring, he started strumming again with friends in pubs in Essex and Suffolk.


He explained: "We were playing folk, and I particularly liked American country music, but seven years ago illness forced me to stop my hobby. 


"However, I decided to get my guitar out of storage to give it a go to mark the nearing of the end of my year in office. Afterwards, two more golfers who had played guitar and drums came up to me and said they could be interested in dusting down their instruments for a more ambitious performance next year."




Players were divided into two divisions for the annual captain’s yuletide golf and lunch at Newton Green Golf Club. Captain Andrew Johnson (right, both pictures is seen presenting prizes to group winners.


Up to18 handicaps (left to right): George Spencer 36, Ian Coleman 36 and winner Steve Birch 41.


19-28 handicaps: John Sherman 36, Gavin Scott 36 and winner Steve Knappett 39. 



The dynamism of Newton Green Golf Club has been praised by a top golfing official.


Suffolk Golf Union president Ron Kent has highlighted the club’s go-ahead policies as the sport faces challenges linked to the recession and other factors.


He was speaking at a reception staged at the club to mark Newton winning the Suffolk Hambro Cup for the first time in 42 years.


Mr Kent commented: “This club has become a byword for its enterprise and tackling issues facing the game. Progressive policies in relation to membership, junior golf, the course and other areas have all helped to put it in the good position it has now finds itself.”


He was among guests at the evening that included county vice present Phil Platten, who had handed Newton the trophy at Woodbridge when they defeated Ipswich in the final.


The evening was hosted by club men’s captain Andrew Johnson, who also introduced veteran former Hambro players Bobby Ablitt, Phil Eaves and Alan Vince (the former two being members of the 1972 winning side).


The captain said in addition to the lifting of the Hambro trophy, there had been other success at county level with Eloise Aldous winning the Suffolk girls’ junior championship; Alice Barlow girls’ junior match play runner-up; Max Hemson, Jed Seeley and Connor Talbot winners of the junior team shield; Emily Penfold taking the county ladies silver spoon; and Patricia Havers and Jennie Leech winning the county centenary foursomes.

Officials and players

Hambro veterans Alan Vince, Bobby Ablitt and Phil Eaves


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Well done Max.....



Newton Green’s Max Hemson has made a promising start to his career as an assistant to professional Tim Cooper.

Hemson recently qualified to begin training as an assistant professional at the club, where he has been a member of its successful junior policy.

Working to become a professional golfer is now on a par with a degree course, and in his first outing since his new career began he notched his best score to date – a three over par 72 in the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting held at Newton.

He shared first place with Suffolk PGA stroke play champion Rob Pritchard (Crettingham), and the pair were two shots ahead of Danny Barton (Waldringfield).

Hemson has already worked in the Newton shop for a year, and during that time has been making a name for himself in the Suffolk Golf Partnership initiative by carrying out voluntary coaching of youngsters at a number of venues, including the Suffolk Show.

He has also been helping co-ordinate Newton’s new Facebook page.

New Course Record



Junior Jed Seeley has smashed the amateur course record at Newton Green Golf Club by two shots - and also beaten the lowest professional score.

In a club qualifying Stableford competition he scored 45 points off a handicap of three, while going round in 63 shots – six below par.

Seeley, 17, is an assistant in the club shop run by Tim Cooper, and recently made his debut for Suffolk second team as the county tied up the Anglian League title.

He was also part of Newton’s recent Hambro Cup success, and hopes to begin a three-year PGA course under Cooper when he becomes 18 in a years’ time.

The previous amateur record of 65 was jointly shared by Russell Oakey and Mark Duthie, while Cooper holds the professional record of 64.

Seeley, who was partnered in his record round by fellow Suffolk junior Harvey Watts, was even for the first six holes before scoring seven birdies in 10 holes.

However, he was undone on the long, par- three 18th, as he registered his first bogey of the day – a fate which also struck Duthie on the same hole in his recent round. Seeley also passed the previous junior course record of 66 set by Adam Woodhead, and his new handicap is 1.7.

Emma conkers.........



When four-year-old Emma Barry put a conker in a water filled jam jar she had no idea she would be admiring it as a tree many years later.

Not only is the tree now 20 years old, but also the nine-hole extension to Newton Green Golf Club where the conker sapling was eventually planted.

As an infant pupil at St Joseph’s Primary School, Sudbury, Emma took part in a 1994 class exercise to see if horse chestnut conkers would produce roots when placed in a jar.

When seed sprang into life, she took it to her family home in Great Waldingfield, where it was eventually transplanted to a pot, and thrived sufficiently for her father John to offer it to the golf club where he was a member.

Emma, now a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, has continued to keep an eye on the tree’s progress by the 10th tee, although she has not yet joined her father as a golfer.

Emma said: “It was a total coincidence the conker was brought to life as a green shoot in the same year the golf course was extended, but the course seemed to be the right place to plant it as a sapling eight years later.

“Although I do not play golf, I occasionally visit the course and make sure the tree is continuing to progress.”

Club chairman, Peter Phillpott, commented: “Our extra nine holes are now a wonderful feature of the club, and it is nice that an infant class initiative all those years ago has helped contribute to the blossoming of the course.”


Newton Green powered their way to victory in the final of the Suffolk Hambro Cup against Ipswich at Woodbridge.


It may have taken 42 years to regain the county club team handicap competition since their last success, but Newton put their name back on the trophy in style.


Leading by a narrow four holes after the morning foursomes, they turned up the heat to win by 17 holes in the afternoon, including an astonishing 10-hole victory as their final pair put the icing on the cake and underlined Newton’s superiority.
With their women and juniors already having put trophies on the shelf in its recent rise up the Suffolk golf ladder, the club needed their men to come to the party.


Last year they fell at the last fence as they narrowly missed winning the county Stenson team scratch final.


Reaching the Hambro handicap final gave them a second chance to nail their colours to the mast, and they duly obliged with a 21-hole blitz against an Ipswich side able to draw from a selection of 60 players with handicaps of five or below. 
Under the team captaincy of non-playing Ian Woodhead, who nurtured many of the young players now helping make the club a powerful force, Newton underlined they have the talent production line capable of further success.


The victory was achieved with three juniors in the squad, and there are more waiting in the wings for future years.


However, it was the experienced pairing of Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman who once again put points on the board in both the morning and afternoon rounds to consolidate the team performance. They were four up in the morning and three more after the afternoon round.


The afternoon proceedings had been given the ideal start as the first pairing of Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts registered a four-hole win. Ryan and Connor Talbot crossed the line all square. The Duthie-Bearman double act shut the door, and by the time Greg Hills and Jed Seeley completed the 10-hole demolition of their opponents the party had already begun. 
Suffolk Golf Union vice president Phil Platter handed Newton the cup.


Morning: Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts all square with Daniel Hedges and Andrew Munrow, Ryan and Bob Talbot two down to James Tyler and Gregor Tait, Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman four up to Mark Thomas and Simon Godbold, Greg Hills and Connor Talbot two up to Jordan Nelli and Graham Wardley.


Afternoon: Oakey and Watts four up to Hedges and Manro, Ryan and Connor Talbot all square with Thomas and Godbold, Duthie and Bearman three up to Tyler and Tate, Hills and Jed Seeley 10 up to Nelli and Wardley.
Newton 21, Ipswich 0.


Team: Back row, Andrew Johnson (club men's captain), Ryan Talbot, Bob 
Talbot, Ian Woodhead, Greg Hills, Phil Platter (Suffolk vice president), Steve Wordley, Simon Bearman. Front: Connor Talbot, Mark Duthie, Jed Seeley, Harvey Watts.

Team captain Ian Woodhead and Phil Platter, Suffolk vice president.


Club men's captain Andrew Johnson and team captain Ian Woodhead.


Newton Green may be making a small piece of Suffolk Hambro Cup final history by naming a team including a father and his two sons in their line-up.


In their first final for 42 years, they play Ipswich at Woodbridge on Sunday.


During the run to the final Newton have utilised 12 players, and non-playing captain Ian Woodhead has named eight handicapper Bob Talbot and his sons Ryan and Connor in his final eight.


Father Bob will repeat his unbeaten semi-final partnership with Ryan (1), aged 23, while 16-year-old junior Connor (5) continues his link with Greg Hills (2).


Connor and Hills won morning and afternoon rounds in the semi-final against Waldringfield.


There was also a double success for club champion Russell Oakey (2) and 14-year-old Suffolk junior Harvey Watts (6), who team up again.


Back into the line-up is Simon Bearman (5), who was not available for the semi-final, and returns to renew his link with Mark Duthie (3) in a partnership which has enjoyed both Hambro and Stenson success in recent years.
Named as reserve is a third junior, Jed Seeley, who missed the semi-final because of county commitments.
Prior to defeating Waldringfield 6-0 in the semi-finals, Newton beat Gorleston 10-0 and Aldeburgh 17-0. 
Both finalists received a first round bye, and Ipswich has beaten Haverhill 20-0, Rushmere 2-0 and Brett Vale 10-0.

Please support our boys....

Suffolk Golf Union

 Hambro Cup Final 2014


Newton Green v Ipswich

At Woodbridge GC

Sunday, August 31, 9.30 am

Your support would be appreciated


The boys of ’72 – our last final success



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Idi Amin expelled Uganda’s Asians

Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland

118 died in Staines air crash

Jesus Christ Superstar West End debut

School leaving age rose to 16

Ford Granada launched

Lee Trevino won Muirfield British Open

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Hambro Semi Final Success....


Newton Green is in the final of the Suffolk Hambro Cup for the first time since 1972, when they completed a run of three successes over 13 seasons.

They will play at Woodbridge on Sunday, August 31 against Ipswich, who beat Brett Vale, while Newton was defeating Waldringfield by six shots at Haverhill.    

Having been beaten finalists in Suffolk’s scratch Stenson Shield competition last year, Newton now have a second chance to land a county title, this time in the Hambro format, which is played off handicaps.

Reaching successive finals underlines Newton’s emerging force in Suffolk golf, with their women having gained three county titles last season.

They had a tough battle against Waldringfield, whose slightly higher handicap players received 12 shots in both the morning and afternoon foursomes.

However, Newton achieved success by three holes both before and after lunch.

Already without first choices Simon Bearman and Jed Seeley because of other commitments, Newton faced another set-back when transport troubles led to a last minute withdrawal by Lee Hebdtich, who eventually made it to the course, but too late to be included in the line-up, being replaced by Steve Wordley.

Club champion and Suffolk player Russell Oakey (handicap two) led with 14-year-old Harvey Watts (6), the latter having scored his first hole-in-one in the week leading up to the semi-final. They proved a successful pairing, being one up in the morning and three ahead in the afternoon against Darren Benham (9) and Pete Adams (7).

Anchor role pair Greg Hills (2) and Connor Talbot (5) also recorded doubles, being two up in both rounds against Steve Creasey (6) and Mike Noble (8).

Morning: Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts one up to Darren Benham and Pete Adams, Ryan and Bob Talbot one up to Kevin Calver and Mike Virley, Mark Duthie and Steve Wordley one down to Lennie Rivers and Alan Pryke, Greg Hills and Connor Talbot two up to Steve Creasey and Mike Noble.

Afternoon: Oakey and Watts three up to Benham and Adams, Ryan and Bob Talbot all square with Calver and Virley, Duthie and Wordley two down to Rivers and Pryke, Hills and Connon Talbot two up to Creasey and Noble.

Success for new member


A new member who had been given his first ever handicap a few days previously beat off a field of 120 to win the prestigious Jonathan Lambert Centenary Silver Salver at Newton Green Golf Club.

The event came at the end of the club’s annual golf week, which again attracted more than 500 entries for a wide range of events over six days.

Salver winner was Philip Wheaton, one of a number of younger players from the Colchester area that have recently joined up at Newton.

His success reflected the continued appeal of the competition, which presents the opportunity for a player from any sector of the club to unexpectedly hit the bigtime for at least one day in their golfing life.

Wheaton, given a handicap of 28 following submitting three qualifying cards, played six shots below his handicap and registered 42 points in the popular Stableford competition.

He was followed by Zennan Szpurko and last year’s winner Lewis Woodhead, both on 41 points.

Jonathan Lambert presented awards for the week at the Saturday night presentation party, with Jenny Downes (38) winning the best lady award and Harvey Watts (37) best junior.

For the first time, lower handicap players competed simultaneously on a gross score basis for a trophy in the form of a claret jug presented to the club by manager Carole List. She handed the award to Tom King, who came home with a total of 73.

King achieved his success, despite scoring an eight on the par four first hole. After playing his round, he left for his seat at Portman Road, but then had to leave the Ipswich versus Fulham match midway through, after being notified of his success, and rushed back to Newton to pick up his award.

Other winners during the week were:

Delaney Scramble: David Thurgate, Caroline Draine, Jenny Wilkins and Steve Wordley.

Stableford: Jed Seeley, Adrienne Hughes, Mike Fuller and Alex Iveson.

Kiskadee Trophy: Jan Doe and Phil Barlow.

Three Clubs and Putter: Ian Duncan, Gwyneth Ferreira and Sally Cade.

Points Mean Prizes: 1 James Cooper, 2 Steve Knappett, 3 Frank Salt.

Cross Country: 1 Jeremy Hamp, 2 Frank Salt. Best junior, Jed Seeley; best lady Adrienne Hughes. Nearest pin, Ben Uttridge.

Davey Shelter Opening


A unique tribute to the world’s longest serving golf professional has been unveiled in the form of a course starter’s shelter.

Arthur Davey was professional at Newton Green Golf Club for 60 years, during which time he operated from a small shed near the first tee.

The old wooden building is now rotting to pieces under a canopy of ivy, but members have clubbed together, and with aid of grant support, raised £5,000 to build a replica as a starter’s shelter.

It was officially opened by club president Michael Oliver, whose late father and grandfather had been presidents during the Davey era, which ended in 1979.

When he retired, Davey was made an honorary associate member of the Professional Golfers’ Association. He died, aged 97 in 1992, and is buried in the village church yard at Newton, which is three miles from the Suffolk market town of Sudbury.

Among guests at the ceremony, introduced by club chairman Peter Philpott, was Jean Davey, the daughter-in-law of Arthur Davey.

In addition to external signage replicating that previously on the old shed, the interior has been fitted with a display of clubs made by Davey, and a montage of pictures of his life at the club.

Chairman Philpott said: “Five years ago we revived the name of Davey by naming a new pay and play membership after him. It has helped bring in a lot of members that might not previously thought about getting involved with a club.

“The opening of the shelter is a natural progression of continuing to use Davey’s world record status as a significant marketing tool. The shelter is quite stunning and gives visitors a real eye-opener as they turn towards the club house.

“We have taken advantage of the development to upgrade the area round our first tee, including laying luxury, soft surfacing to the pathway and surround of the shelter.”

Picture: Peter Philpott, Jean Davey and Michael Oliver


Course Record



Three handicapper Mark Duthie has equalled the course record at Newton Green Golf Club.

Playing in the G C Mounstephen Memorial Salver, he carded a four under par round of 65.

This equals the score set last year by his fellow Hambro Cup competition colleague Russell Oakey, who has recently become a regular player with Suffolk.

Duthie, who spent more than a year out of the game with an industrial injury before making a comeback last year, came close to snatching the record, needing only to par the long par three 18th, but finished with a bogey.

His round had included three birdies, and an eagle on the 295 yard par four 16th.



Cranworth disappointment....


Holders Newton Green have been knocked out of the Suffolk Ladies Cranworth Trophy at the quarter finals stage.

Playing at Haverhill, they were defeated 5.5 to 3.5 by Ufford Park, whose team of players with mainly longer handicappers came up trumps on the day.

Newton could never get their noses in front, losing one and halving two of the morning foursomes.

It was a similar story in the afternoon singles, where Newton conceded a total of 16 shots to the opposition, losing three matches, halving one and winning two.

Of the two successes in the singles, both were achieved by newcomers to the team, Sarah Williams and Jan Doe, the latter in her first game. Doe was playing off 22 – recently reduced by four shots – and scored an impressive 5 & 3 win after also being involved in a halved match in the foursomes.

Foursomes: Leighann Wordley and Jan Doe halved with Mary Brookes and Alison Taylor, Sheila Walter and Rosie Jackson lost 3 & 2 to Wendy Hayes and Val Moon, Lizzie Johnson and Sarah Williams halved with Linda Snow and Carol Boffy.

Singles: Jackson lost to Brooks 5 & 4, Wordley halved with Hayes, Doe won 5 & 3 to Snow, Johnson lost one down to Moon, Walter lost 2 &1 to Taylor, Williams won two up to Boffy.

Into Hambro Semi Final.....


Newton Green’s lethal pairing of Mark Duthie and Simon Bearman slaughtered their morning and afternoon opponents by 13 holes to set up victory over Gorleston.

It put Newton into the semi-finals of the Suffolk Hambro Cup, the inter club handicap championship they have not won in half a century.

They play Waldringfield in the semis on August 17.

The overall victory margin was 10 holes for the home team, who were six holes up after the four morning foursomes.

The early matches were tight, with two halved, and Max Hemson and Ryan Talbot one up. However, Duthie (handicap 2) and Bearman (5) put the icing on the cake by finishing five up against Darren Hellary and Danny Perring.

One of the halved matches included a fight back from four down by Russell Oakey and Lee Hebditch, the latter a former Newton junior who has recently returned to the club from Stoke-by-Nayland.

The Oakey and Hebditch partnership kept Newton in front as they won their afternoon outing by two holes, but with a five-hole defeat inflicted in the second match involving Hemson and Talbot, it was comforting that the Duthie-Bearman duo were again calling the shots in the third match.

The pairing has been a banker in recent seasons, and their eight hole win ensured Newton kept Gorleston’s hopes at bay, despite the visitors achieving a narrow win in the final game.

Morning: Russell Oakey and Lee Hebditch all square to James Chadd and Brendon Gough, Max Hemson and Ryan Talbot one up to Stuart Mortimer and Josh Manser, Simon Bearman and Mark Duthie five up to Darren Hellery and Danny Perring, Jed Seeley and Greg Hills all square to Danny Western and Tommy Hunt. Newton six up.

Afternoon: Oakey and Hebditch two up to Chadd and Gough,  Hemson and Talbot five down to Mortimer and Manser, Bearman and Duthie eight up to Western and Hunt, Seeley and Hills one down to Hellery and Perring. Newton four up.

Result: Newton 10 up.



                               Russell Oakey            Max Hemson             Mark Duthie            Jed Seeley        

Cranworth Win .........



Newton Green ladies have made a promising start to defend the Suffolk Cranworth Trophy they won last year.

They are through to the quarter finals and play Ufford Park on July 24 at Haverhill.

In the second round against Waldringfield at Bury St Edmunds, a team consisting of some new faces looked to be wobbling after losing the morning foursomes 2 – 1.

However, Newton came storming back in the six afternoon singles matches, with four convincing victories in matches tied up well before the allotted 18 holes. It meant the five overall wins necessary to achieve victory had been reached. There were two remaining games on the course, in which Newton were winning at the time, and did not need completion. Halved matches were agreed, with an official win margin of 6-3 in the competition, which is for 21-30 handicaps.

From last year’s line-up, Jill Symonds and Carolyn Cocksedge had retired from the fray, and Rebecca Evans had dropped below the qualifying handicap. However, competition rookies Rosie Jackson and Sarah Williams were among those that came up trumps with convincing wins in the singles, and Newton’s line-up looks strong once more.

Foursomes: Lizzie Johnson and Leighann Wordley lost 5 & 4 to Margaret Knott and Jan Cropper, Sheila Walter and Rosie Jackson won 5 & 4 to Janet Liley and Mari Davey, Carol Durston and Sarah Williams lost 3 & 2 to Claire Carney and Carol Everett.

Singles: Jackson won 5 & 4 to Knott, Johnson won 8 & 6 to Carney, Wordley won 6 & 5 to Liley, Durston halved with Davey, Walter halved with Everett, Williams won 7 & 5 to Cropper.



Carol Durston, Sheila Walter, Leighann Wordley, Lizzie Johnson

Sarah Williams, Di Cunningham (captain), Rosie Jackson

Hambro success ....



Newton Green is through to the quarter finals of the Suffolk Hambro Cup after finishing 17 holes up on Aldeburgh.

They now meet Gorleston on Sunday, July 20 in the county’s major team event played off handicaps. Once again they are at home, a crucial aspect of the contest, which produced seven out of eight home winners in the second round, as host clubs took advantage of their course knowledge.

Newton’s victory over Aldeburgh started out as a close affair, with all the morning foursomes keenly contested, and the hosts being only three holes up at lunch.

However, with two afternoon matches featuring six and seven hole victories, a comfortable final margin was achieved.

The day had been notable for a number of firsts for Newton, including further blooding for the club’s rising batch of promising youngsters.

One handicapper Ryan Talbot teamed up with debutant and younger brother Connor (six handicap) and won both their matches.

With club champion Russell Oakey unavailable for the afternoon round , Suffolk junior 13-year-old Harvey Watts (7), playing his first Hambro contest, teamed up after lunch with Bob Talbot ((8), who was also making his debut in the tournament – and  joining his two sons in the eight-man line-up.

Coming up trumps again in the contest were Simon Bearman (5) and Mark Duthie (3), who have not been beaten as a pair in four years of play in either the Suffolk Hambro or Stenson team competitions.

Morning: Russell Oakey and Harvey Watts lost one down to Monty Scowsill and Will Morecombe, Connor Talbot and Ryan Talbot won one up to Ian Kitson and M Mann, Simon Bearman and Mark Duthie won one up to G Henny and Mike Olding, Jed Seeley and Greg Hills won two up to Roger Taylor and Lewis Staff.

Afternoon: Bob Talbot and Watts won one up to Scowsill and Morecombe, Connor Talbot and Ryan Talbot won six up to Kitson and Mann, Bearman and Duthie won seven up to Palmer and Olding, Seeley and Hills all square with Taylor and Staff.

Oakey back at number 1....



One handicapper Russell Oakey has regained the 36-hole President's Salver championship at Newton Green, having surrended his title to three-times holder Ian Woodhead a year ago.

Former professional Oakey, who switched back to the amateur ranks three years ago, regained the title and also celebrated by being called up to the Suffolk team for its 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, 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.


Scores: 141 Russell Oakey, 145 Ryan Talbot, Tom King, 146 Steve Wordley, 147 Leighton Oakey, 148 Ian Woodhead, Ben Uttridge, 149 Greg Hills, 151 Harvey Watts, 154 Max Hemson, 155 Lewis Woodhead, 157 Connor Talbot, 158 Adam Woodhead, 169 Bob Talbot, 169 Jason Hornsby.

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.


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