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Match day dawned and Newmarket Golf Club lay beneath cloudy skies. Whilst being relatively flat, Newmarket is an interesting course in good condition, situated alongside the training track for race horses. The players spent a happy time together and the well-fought matches ended in an honourable half overall. Cambs & Hunts made us feel most welcome and we were treated to an excellent meal after the game.
Jo Moore, Seniors organiser.
Left to right back row in the picture are Jo Moore, Vicki Hunt, Lynne Wright, Joan Garrett and Tessa Summers. Front row: Heather Harvey, Helen Bray and Anne Archer.
Results (Suffolk names first): Vicki Hunt & Joan Garrett lost to Mo Poole & Grace Eastment 2 dn; Helen Bray & Lynne Wright bt Rosemary Farrow & Phoebe Brown 3/1; Anne Archer & Tessa Summers bt Rosemary Iron & Gretta Allen 5/4; Heather Harvey & Jo Moore lost to Sue Hall & Edie Douglas 1 dn.
Final Result: Suffolk 2, Cambs & Hunts 2.
Monday, August 24th, started fine but, by the time Alice Barlow and Molly Newson reached the ninth at Ufford Park in the Junior Matchplay Final, the clouds had lowered and the rain was coming down in drops big enough to measure. At this point, Alice played a delightful chip to the green, one of many that she made over all, and Molly overshot the pin and ran out of bounds, the line being very close to the back of the green. So Alice turned two up and was looking strong.
This was a fine match regardless of deteriorating weather conditions and the supporters were limited to the County Captain, the Junior Organiser and a couple of parents. The match is played off scratch so Alice, handicap 5, enjoyed a considerable natural advantage over Molly, who currently plays off 12. Molly won ten, lost eleven and halved twelve before losing thirteen to go three down. She stopped the rot at fourteen but, at this point Alice was three up with four to play. The Rain Gods were still having fun and everyone might have been forgiven for thinking that Alice had everything sorted.
Molly wasn’t finished though. She won fifteen with a par four, followed up with a par three win at 16 and returned the scoreline to all square with a par four at seventeen. Was she living a personal fairytale ending? Eighteen at Ufford is a 436-yard par five and here Alice proved her match play credentials, pitching a super accurate shot from around 100 yards to a point eight feet past the pin. Molly’s chip ran across the green to stop on the surround. Her running chip back was fine but exceeded requirements by about six feet. Alice’s putt for the match slid just past the hole and she had to hold her breath while Molly lined things up. Her putt to take the game down nineteen was a near miss and Alice, one hole to the good, was the Champion for 2015. With the eighteenth green beginning to flood, a collective sigh of relief at avoiding the nineteenth in the circumstances was almost audible.
Well done to both young ladies, to Alice for her steady, determined, skilful and good-humoured golf, never mind the delightful smile on her face as she was handed the Champion’s trophy and to Molly, for her cheery demeanour and her dazzling tail end effort which bode well for her future in the game. Alice said this was the toughest match she had faced in the competition and Molly was justifiably happy with her performance.
Final Result: Alice Barlow (Newton Green) bt Molly Newson (Thorpeness) 1 up.
Dried off and cheerful, Alice holds the trophy with Molly on her right
The cheery Suffolk squad seen on the right are Ellie Aldous, Molly Newson, Megan Bailey, Francesca Tindall and Fiona Stokes (back row left to right). In front (left to right) are Charlotte Gregory, Mary Cuthbert and Alice Barlow.
To view the Full Report and Results for the week, click here
Please click here for the results of the Quarter Finals - played Monday 3 August
The Draw - following the Quarter Final
The final will take place on Sunday, 13th September, at Diss Golf Club. Tee time 1.30pm.
Click here for the up-to-date Draw - with details of matches and venues for the Semi Finals