Golfer Fiona Edmond breaks course record at Ipswich Golf Club after long absence
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It is a remarkable Suffolk sporting comeback.
More than 20 years after she was forced to quit golf through a combination of injury and illness, Fiona Edmond has been recognised for breaking the ladies’ course record at Ipswich Golf Club – just months after dusting off her clubs once more.
Comeback star Edmond was this week presented with a glass replica of her scorecard as a special memento in recognition of her achievement.
She shot a four-under par 67 in a SLCGA Division 1 medal competition – breaking the previous record of 68 – all just a few months after she started to play again at the Suffolk course.
Edmond, from Ardleigh, near Colchester, was forced to give up the game after injury and developing ME, before family-life and business commitments then left her little time to play.
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She decided to pick up the clubs again after her five sons – JJ, Rory, Angus, Sam and Luke – who range from eight to 18-years of age, all joined Ipswich Golf Club as junior members.
“All five boys are part of an exceptional junior section at Ipswich,” she said.
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“I spent a lot of time taxiing them to and from the club, so the boys asked me to dust off the clubs and join them for a game.
“Once I’d finished that round I went straight to the General Manager’s office and joined the club.”
That was spring last year but despite having not played for two decades Fiona showed she had lost none of her skills and was quickly back into the swing of things, duly breaking the course record.
Fiona added: “It was like rolling back the years making putt after putt and I was gobsmacked to receive such a wonderful memento, it is the nicest thing I have ever been presented with.
“It has pride of place on the mantelpiece.”
Neill Ellice, General Manager of Ipswich Golf Club, said: “It was quite a remarkable achievement from Fiona to come back into the game after 20 years, join our club and promptly break the ladies’ course record.
“Fiona certainly made a name for herself early on in her life as a member here. It will be interesting to see if her feat can be repeated in the near future.”