Emily’s Suffolk call-up after lightning progress

COUNTY HONOUR: Emily Penfold
COUNTY HONOUR: Emily Penfold

A GOLFER who took up the sport only 30 months ago has been called up for county second team honours.

Emily Penfold, of Newton Green Golf Club, is in the Suffolk Ladies’ team to play Bedfordshire seconds at Caddington on May 21.

Until November 2009 Penfold had not previously played golf, but decided to give the sport a go while working as an English teacher in Cambridgeshire.

She said: “I was living right next to Cambridge Golf Academy at the time and I thought I would give it a whirl – up until then I had been playing tennis, but soon favoured the club over the racket.

“I had 12 lessons initially and first went on the course in April 2010. During the summer I moved back to the Sudbury area, which is my home, and joined Newton Green.

“I gained my first handicap of 28 just in time to play in the club’s annual golf festival, and it was a wonderful introduction to club golf.

“In fact, I loved it so much I have since been working on a part-time basis, which means I have been able to pursue my interest in golf in earnest.

“My handicap was down to 12 as we went into the recent winter and in the coming summer I will be working at trying to bring it down further.”

Penfold has been named in the Suffolk seconds’ team after playing a recent county friendly match against Flempton men.