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Dream debut for Newton

PUBLISHED: 15:31 20 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:43 03 July 2010

For the second time this month, Great Yarmouth Racecourse will be hosting an additional fixture.

It is all due to the straits that the new racecourse at Great Leighs in Essex finds itself in.

Northumberland's Lucy Newton made a dream debut in the English senior women's championship at Hunstanton when she shot a two-under par 73 to take the first round lead. Newton, who had six birdies in her round, is playing her first full season of senior golf.

She is three shots clear of the 2006 champion, Christine Watson, and five shots ahead of the next group, which includes Hunstanton's Jean Johnson. She led the Norfolk challenge with a three-over 78. Despite feeling the "huge pressure" of competing on her own course she produced steady golf, hitting 15 greens in regulation, claiming three birdies - and suffering four three-putts. Norfolk's other two representatives in the championship division are also well placed Sue Meadows, from Hunstanton, and Jo Ashmore, from Barnham Broom, both shot 81 and are in a group sharing 16th place.

In Division B, Shropshire's Sue Pidgeon made a great start to the defence of her title with a score of 82. She shares the first round lead with Jaki White of Hertfordshire.

Eaton's Eppie Zandvoort was the best of the Norfolk players in this division and shares fifth place on 85. She's a shot ahead of Nickie Clarke (Royal Norwich) and Cheryl Sanders (Hunstanton).


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