Increasingly, golf is becoming a young man's game, a power game -- a game that should conceivably have passed by most 46-year-old men. However, Edward Richardson defied the trend and the odds last weekend in winning the St. Augustine Amateur at St. Johns Golf & Country Club in Florida.
The English-born Richardson took on a field filled with elite junior amateurs, many with college aspirations or definitive plans. Maybe somewhat freed up by age and a laissez-faire attitude, Richardson played a great round, shooting 2-under 68 in the final round to secure the win by a shot. Richardson had to get up and down on the final hole to save par, avoid a playoff and clinch the victory. His 3-under 207 total in the 54-hole event was the product of overcoming a slow start.
“All of a sudden it was like I was at a casino and everything was going for me," Richardson said, according to the St. Augustine Record. "It was fantastic, really. I was really pleased with the way I dealt with not a very good front nine.”
The win marks another step in regaining his life after a successful, multi-year fight against myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder that interrupts the body’s normal production of blood cells. Marrow is replaced by scar tissue. After diagnosed with the condition in 2008, he was told he may only survive months. He couldn't play golf for three years while taking on the disease.
Things just keep getting better for Richardson. He and his wife Lena are expecting their first child together around Christmas.