It ap­pears hard times are over for Dick­ens

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by JAMES WEST­GATE More Golf on Thurs­day

THORPE Wood pro­fes­sional Suzanne Dick­ens has made a record-break­ing re­turn to win­ning ways in the Ry­der Cup Wales 2010 WPGA One Day Se­ries.

Com­pet­ing at Kent’s Ch­est­field Golf Club in the third event of the se­ries, Dick­ens was back to some­thing like her best form, shoot­ing a new course record of 69 to win by two shots from Su­san Moon, de­spite bo­geys at the last two holes.

And af­ter plac­ing 11th and sec­ond on her pre­vi­ous two se­ries out­ings, the win in Kent sent the city star to the top of the WPGA Or­der of Merit and marks a happy end to two years of in­jury frus­tra­tion.

“I am com­mit­ted to play­ing in all of the one-day se­ries events now. I am just happy to be play­ing golf again af­ter al­most two years out with a foot in­jury,” she said.

“I had a bunion prob­lem which meant I could barely walk around the course.

“I tried last year but had to give up af­ter four holes so I de­cided that I had bet­ter have it seen to prop­erly.

“It has taken time to put right but the plan was al­ways to come back. I am now feel­ing fully fit again and hope­fully the in­jury prob­lem is be­hind me.

“Af­ter 13 years on the Euro­pean Tour, it was hard be­ing out for so long but I want to cap­i­talise on lead­ing the Or­der Of Merit.”

And Dick­ens will also be hop­ing to cap­i­talise on win­ning a place at the £300,000 S4C Wales Ladies Cham­pi­onship of Europe at Conwy in Au­gust.

She added: “The goal was to get into the S4C Wales Ladies Cham­pi­onships so I am happy to have achieved that.

“I ap­par­ently broke the course record which was some­thing I was un­aware of at the time. I could have shot an even bet­ter score as I was four un­der at one point.

“My game seems to have im­proved grad­u­ally over the sea­son and I feel as though I am get­ting back into the swing of it.”

Now Dick­ens is keen to re­turn to the Euro­pean Tour hav­ing missed the chance to play in the KLM Ladies Open in Hol­land ear­lier this month.

“Af­ter be­ing out for two years, I can play Euro­pean Tour events but only if I get a last minute call-up,” she said.

“That is what hap­pened be­fore Hol­land a few weeks ago. I was all set to go then I found out my clubs didn’t con­form to the groove rules which have changed since I last played on the Tour - so I had to turn down the of­fer and get com­pletely new kit.”

Dick­ens will be hop­ing to keep her lead in the Or­der of Merit stand­ings when round four gets un­der­way at Broad­stone Golf Club in Dorset on July 28.

HAV­ING FUN: Mem­bers of the new Sawtry Colts Un­der 9 girls team. (METP-14-06-10GM078)

COURSE RECORD: For Suzanne Dick­ens.

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