The Beacon Men's Golf Association conversation for December is with Ed Edmundson. Ed is new to the game, having started playing Golf in the spring of 2022. Ed joined the MGA and Harbour Pointe Golf Club at that time. He has shown incredible improvement over the last 2 seasons.
Beacon: We are so happy to have you participating in MGA events! How has it been playing in MGA events?
Ed: It has been fantastic; everyone has been very welcoming and helpful. I have developed a real passion for the game
Beacon: It's a super group of guys, and your passion is evident. Please tell us which hole is your favorite at HPGC and why.
Ed: My favorite hole is the Par 5 2nd hole. I have conquered that hole and I am scoring much better on #2. I have figured out the green too. It is best to leave yourself an uphill putt.
Beacon: It is a great hole. There is water left and O.B. right, a solid, straight Tee shot is required. Agreed, downhill putts on that hole are scary. What is your lowest score at HPGC? What part of your game was working the best that day?
Ed: My lowest gross score is 86, 4 times, I have shot an 86. For me, it always comes down to putting. I tied Tom Caruso's Stattracker record of 3 holeouts from off the green in 1 round
Beacon: That is awesome! How quickly you have improved is remarkable and you tied a StaTTracker record with StaTTracker creator Tom Caruso. Yes, I remember that round, we were in same group. Congrats! The Golf course has been in great condition. Please give us your thoughts on the HP Golf Course.
Ed: I really like the Golf Course. If you can play well at Harbour Pointe, you can well anywhere. It has a great variety of holes. The greens are really great, have lots of slope and are fast.
Beacon: Please tell us about your son Sergeant Eric Edmundson, who was severely injured serving our country in the United States Army in Iraq in October of 2005.
Ed: All considered, Eric is doing well. He was awarded a Purple Heart and is very proud of that. His wife Stephanie is very loving and understanding and they have 2 wonderful children Gracie, who is 19 years old. Gracie is a student at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg NC. Gracie has a passion for horses. She has her horse, Oliver with her at St. Andrews U. Gracie has been in Hunter Jumper competitions since she was 7 years old. Currently, she is on the Equine team in College. Eric and Stephanie's son is named Hunter. He is a 13 year old student at Grover C. Fields Middle School in New Bern. Hunter is a very busy young man, he plays the piano and the saxophone in a band, he is in the Chess club at school and also loves to play Golf when he has time. Eric's sister Anna also served in the US Army for 4 years. Anna and Eric have always been close. Eric is a great Husband and Dad, both he and Stephanie love to attend their children's activities.
Beacon: That is awesome! Eric and Stephanie have fantastic children. You and your beautiful wife, Beth are both very involved in the lives of Eric, Stephanie, Gracie and Hunter. Please tell us about your role.
Ed: Beth and I just want Eric to have as normal of a life as possible and we do whatever we can to make that happen. We call it the new normal for Eric. That requires lots of love and support from the entire family. Eric is a loving and proud Husband, Father, Son and Brother. Eric's real birthday is June 27th, now we also celebrate his alive day on Oct 2nd, this was the day he had a brush with death serving our country in Iraq. Beth and I are also involved in a support group for family members of other Veterans who have been in injured while in active duty.
Beacon: Ed, thank you such much, we are happy to have you in MGA events. We are delighted that you shared your family's story on your son, Sergeant Eric Edmundson. He is a true American hero! It is amazing how resilient Eric is. Eric, thank you for your service and sacrifice to the United States of America and God Bless you and the entire Edmundson family.
Happy Holidays Everyone!