Landslide eight shot victory for Fiona

CONSISTENCY was the key as Fiona Ibbersen recorded a first major win a Stamford Golf Club.

And it was no ordinary one but a landslide eight shot margin of victory for Fiona in Lady Captain’s Day.

Fiona, 56, who became a member in 2019, shot a five-under-par nett 70.

She said: “It was one of those rare day when nearly everything went right, and I was far more consistent than normal.

Fiona Ibberson left and Jacqueline Froggatt

“I usually have a mixture of good and bad shots. There were probably only two that were rubbish whereas normally it would be a lot.”

Fiona described it as a perfect day, nice weather, good company with playing partner Jacqueline Froggatt and a meal afterwards.

“The whole day was lovely and obviously it was a thrill to win my first major,” she said.

Fiona, who lives in Glossop, was in a rich vein on form as she also won a Stableford days after her success in Lady Captain’s Day.

As a result of those successes, her handicap has been cut from 36 to 31.

Fiona, who once played tight head prop for Glossop Rugby Union Club and represented the North West, had a short spell as a member at New Mills Golf Club along with her sister more than 20 years ago.

However, now her daughter is aged 17, Fiona decided to resume playing seriously as opposed to once or twice a year.

Fiona, who is a member of the workforce and organisational development team at Pennine Care, said: “I always wanted to play golf again.

“Nikki Pimlott, who was lady captain, works for the same organisation and advertised Stamford’s offer of free membership for one year for new lady members.

“It was something I couldn’t turn down and it has been brilliant how friendly the club is, and everyone has been so welcoming.”

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