Kirsty rewrites the record books in extra personal style
It was a familiar sight recently for many members of Duns Golf Club – Kirsty Inkpen winning the Ladies’ Championship.
But this victory was extra special for a couple of very cherishable reasons.
It was the 22nd occasion on which Kirsty had lifted the silverware – marking a new club record.
However, she also won the title after coming back from a battle against breast cancer in 2018.
Kirsty, from Chirnside, has re-established herself playing again at club and Borders county level, and described it as “an incredible but hard journey at times”.
She has also joined The Hirsel Golf Club, where she has played most of her golf this year, and is loving being involved in the sport again.
A familiar face in Duns, where she is manager of the town’s swimming pool, Kirsty said it was incredible to be able to come back and achieve success once again in the club championship.
“This year was so special after everything I have been through,” she said.
“You go through quite alot when you have cancer and it was just fantastic to be able to stand there and do it again.”
Kirsty also remembers the first of her 22 individual victories, in 1990, with much fondness.
“I was getting married the next year and wanted to win it under the name of Thomson,” she said.
“I got one title under that name – then it’s been Inkpen ever since!”
Kirsty began playing golf at the age of 12 after caddyiing one day for her brother.
“He went away home and left me the clubs, and I played four rounds,” she recalled.
“It was a nine-hole course at Eyemouth that I started on.
“I just took the clubs and, from that day, I loved the game.”
Kirsty was 14 when she won her first championship at Eyemouth.
After two more victories there, and because her work was in Duns, she decided she wanted to play at the latter club as well.
Kirsty’s son Oliver has also displayed a flair for the game and has shown flashes of his mum’s high standard – a source of pride for Kirsty during her recovery.
In the year or so that she was sidelined by her illness, Oliver managed to score four holes in one – and he was playing with an adult at the time.
“He enjoys it – and that came at a good time,” said Kirsty.