Edmunds set for new start

IAN HUTCHINSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

There have been definite hints of spring in the air and while you may think it's been a long winter in terms of snow and cold, imagine how Lindsey Edmunds of London, Ont., feels.

The aspiring LPGA Tour player was working on her fitness last fall in anticipation of a breakthrough season on the Duramed Futures Tour, which gets underway next week in Winter Haven, Fla.

Edmunds, who plays out of the Sunningdale Golf and Country Club, was back home in London and had gone out for a run when a car struck her as she was crossing the street.

"It caught me pretty good," said Edmunds, 25. "The ambulance was called and I was taken to the hospital and the initial tests that were done showed no breaks, which was a really good thing."

Edmunds, who dislocated two ribs, severely sprained her left foot and suffered swelling in the right knee.

More complications followed.

"I had developed a blood clot that was fully blocking one of my veins in m knee, so I was immediately put on blood thinners," Edmunds said.

"I didn't walk for the better part of three to four weeks."

That injury wasn't the first challenge faced by Edmunds, who didn't take up the game until she was 16.

After graduating from high school in Nova Scotia, she arrived at the University of Western Ontario and discovered that the school didn't have a women's golf team,.

So Edmunds and her dad Alan Edmunds, a professor at Western who became her coach, started one and campaigned for more college teams in Ontario.

Edmunds won six tournaments at Western, highlighted by her individual championship in 2005 at the Canadian University championship run by the Royal Canadian Golf Association. She turned pro in 2006.

Edmunds calls her first year on the Futures Tour in 2007 an adjustmen period as she made just one cut in 11 events and was looking forward to better year in 2008,.

But yet but another challenge arose last May when she hit waht look to be a routine shot when her club hit a tree root.

"I was playing in an event in Florida and didn't see the root," Edmunds said.

"It caught me pretty good.I fractured the bone in my right wrist."

Her second professional season ended right then and there.

"In the long run, it will make me a better golfer," said Edmunds.

"I worked really hard on my short game because it was really all I could do and my short game (got) really, really good.

"You have to take the good out of everything that happens. "

Open charity

RBC is staying in the golf news these days.

First, the title sponsor of the Canadian Open announced last week that it will sponsor the Stephen Ames Cup junior competition between Canada and Ames' homeland of Trinidad and Tobago.

Today, RBC and the RCGA will hold a press conference to announce what is only being called a "tournament enhancement."

Sources say the Open will add a charitable component that could revolve around Mike Weir, who will be present for today's announcement.

RBC seems to be taking an overall approach to its sponsorship.

It's a plan that worked for CN, which sponsors the Canadian Women's Openand the Future Links junior program.

One of the components of CN's sponsorship that has worked nicely is its Miracle Match program, which benefits children's hospitals in the area in which the LPGA Tour event is played each year.


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