It appears hard times are over for Dickens
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.