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Links Golf Club hosts first competitive golf since Covid-19 forced closure

Members of the Links Golf Club in Newmarket turned out in force at the weekend to support the first competitive golf at the club since the course was forced to close due to Covid-19.

Stableford competitions open to all members were held on both days, with a total of 149 entrants playing across the two competitions.

Saturday’s victor was Katharine Scott, a graduate of the club’s successful Ladies Academy programme, who scored 48 points and earned a seven-shot reduction in her handicap as a result.

Links Golf Club, Newmarket. Picture: Mark Westley
Links Golf Club, Newmarket. Picture: Mark Westley

Scott said: “Quite frankly I was shocked and stunned at the result. I used the extra free time over the lockdown to watch some tuition videos on YouTube and practice what I learned in the garden at home, and it has clearly paid off."

Runner-up was Tony Coombes with a very creditable 42 points and Adrian Mayhew and Teddy Hall shared third spot on 41 points.

Sunday’s conditions proved tougher with a breeze strengthening throughout the day across Newmarket Heath, making scoring a challenge.

Nevertheless, Julian Redpath and Barry Peak were both able to score 41 points with Redpath claiming top honours on countback. Neil Whiteside and Anthony Dobson shared third place on 39 points.

Competition committee chairman, Ben Swanton said: “To see this level of support by the members for competitive golf at the club is fantastic and very rewarding for everyone involved in organising these competitions.”