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Hodgkins Trophy is shared

The Links in Newmarket hosted the annual Jean Hodgkins Trophy at the weekend, with the matchplay contest between the club’s ladies and junior players ending in an honourable draw.

Jean Hodgkins The Links (3440163)
Jean Hodgkins The Links (3440163)

Hodgkins first awarded her trophy in 1985, and it is the junior side that has been particularly impressive over the years.

However, the ladies had won the previous two instalments and were hunting a hat-trick.

It was not to be, though, as the two sides played out a draw to ensure the trophy would be shared on this occasion.

Ladies’ captain Lesley Ellis received the trophy from Hodgkins alongside Teddy Hall, who was standing in for junior skipper Dan Wiseman as he continues his recovery from broken fingers.

Jean Hodgkins The Links (3440165)
Jean Hodgkins The Links (3440165)

* The Links held their annual Men’s Club Championships during the last weekend of July with a total of 60 players contesting the 36-hole event in what were windy, wet and testing conditions.

It was David Marris who came out on top, becoming the Men’s Club Champion for the first time.

The 19-year-old is on a summer break from a golfing scholarship at college in California.

His morning round of 79 left him one off the lead behind defending champion Toby Crisp and 14-year-old George Whitehall.

Marris’ afternoon started poorly with bogeys on the second and third holes but he followed up with birdies on five, eight and 10.

Two further bogeys and birdies resulted in an impressive one under par round of 71 in strong winds for a 150 total.

Marris The Links (3440167)
Marris The Links (3440167)

This total was six shots too good for Matt Hartley (81 and 75) and Harvey Sullivan (79 and 77), who had totals of 156.

In the Reynolds Salver (Handicap) competition, David McMinn (handicap 18) had a day to remember with nett scores of 77 and 68 for a total of 145, which won the tournament by a margin of one shot from Guy Westcott, with Keith Richardson finishing up in third position.

There were also prizes handed out for the Best Morning (gross and nett) and Best Afternoon (gross and nett), with the winners being George Whitehall, Kevin Peck, Teddy Hall and Ricky Granville.

Meanwhile, the Ennion Salver – for members with handicaps 19-28 – was played on Saturday with Adrian Robertson (handicap 22) scoring 38 points to win the Stableford event.

And it was Brian Johnston who occupied the runner-up position thanks to his haul of 37 points.