Edmund wins national golf croquet open event

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Methven’s Edmund Fordyce has lifted the NZ Open Golf Croquet singles title and is its youngest ever winner.

The 16-year-old Mount Hutt College student competed in the open event in Nelson alongside fellow schoolmates Kaleb Small and Caitlin Smith, who played in the 4+ section.

On his way to the title, Edmund topped his qualifying block and then beat a player from the New Zealand world championship winning team.

His ‘A’ game continued in the semis where, as a clear underdog, he beat defending champion Duncan Dixon, who had previously won the title seven consecutive times.

Edmund came from 2-0 in the final to defeat current New Zealand and World Under 21 champion Josh Freeth 5-7, 5-7, 7-3, 7-5, 7-1.

He also finished 3rd in the doubles championship.

Next month, Edmund heads to Melbourne to play in the World Under 21 championships alongside fellow Waireka Croquet Club players Kaleb Small, Caitlin Smith, Christopher Spittal and Jakob Smith.