Aldeburgh Golf Club star Fiona Edmond battles back from injury hell to win second English Senior Women’s Amateur crown
Injury had left Suffolk's Fiona Edmond unable to play the sport she loved – but she completed what she admitted was an unthinkable comeback to become the English Senior Women’s Amateur Champion for a second time.
Edmond, from Aldeburgh in Suffolk, was pushed all the way by Broadstone’s Jane Southcombe in a dramatic final at Market Rasen Golf Club yesterday.
The match finished all square after 18 holes before Edmond prevailed with a birdie four at the first extra hole.
It was a fittingly dramatic end to a week when the quality of the Lincolshire heathland course was matched by the standard of play on show.
Back in 2017, Edmond won the same title at South Staffordshire.
However, injury has blighted her time since that triumph – and that is what made this win all the sweeter for the England international.
As she cradled the Wendy Taylor Trophy for a second time, Edmond said: “I can’t believe it.
“I’ve had three absolutely desperate years fighting injury and not being able to play at all.
“It’s been so frustrating not to be able to even play a few holes with the family.
“To play a bit this year was a bonus.
“I entered the Senior Women’s Stroke Play at Hayling to see how it would go and was struggling to find my game a bit.
“I came here with no expectations and was just trying to get through the week without doing damage to the elbow.
“I really thought I wouldn’t get back to this level. I had some very dark days and even took up cycling as I ‘m not a person that sits still very well.”
Edmond’s passage to the final was secured thanks to a 5&4 win against Clarissa Bushell from West Sussex in the semis.
Southcombe’s wonderful week continued with her 3&2 win over Jackie Foster in the other semi-final.
In the final, Edmond got off to a flying start – winning the first three holes as Southcombe’s nerves kicked in.
But the Broadstone golfer had proved to be a fighter all through the week.
Edmond led by two holes at the turn, but Southcombe fought back to win the 10th and 12th holes.
A birdie two at the 14th followed by a par at the next hole put Edmond two clear, but once again Southcombe showed nerve to win the 16th and 18th with pars and take the match into extra time.
However, a brilliant pitch and run from the edge of the 1st green gave Edmond a four-foot birdie putt which she duly sank to take the victory after a play-off.
She added: “Two up with three to play you’d think was a fairly good position!
“Andy (husband and caddie) just said – make a birdie in the play off and that’s what I was concentrating on. The rest is history.”