WEYMOUTH’S Fern Grimshaw showed she is battling back from a hand injury that threatened her season, as she won the fourth WPGA One Day Series event of the year with a course record at Forest Pines Golf Club.

Grimshaw, of Wessex Golf Centre, damaged ligaments in her hand last January while an initial mis-diagnosis put her recovery back a month – meaning her year did not really get under way until May.

But she admits it was a visit to Bournemouth-based Jon Adler to work on the mental side of her game that put her back where she wants to be.

She rediscovered some of her best form at Forest Pines to shoot a three under par round of 71 to finish two shots ahead of Huddersfield’s Alexandra Keighley.

Afterwards she thanked her coach Jon Bevan for helping her back to full fitness – with a little help from her mum.

Grimshaw said: “I injured my hand while I was in the gym and trying to make myself stronger.

“At first I was told the problem was with the tendons, but then I found out it was the ligaments so I’d put my recovery back by a month.

“I couldn’t even hold a club at one point. Jon Bevan’s worked really hard with me to get back on track – but in the end my mum just told me to grab a club and hit the ball as hard as I could.

“I did that – and it was painful – but not as bad as I thought it would be.

“I started playing again but failed to reach the PGA Assistants’ Championship and that’s when I turned to Jon Adler who specialises in the mental side of things to get me thinking about my game in the right way. And it’s worked as it seems to have got me back on track again.”

Grimshaw admitted she was surprised to learn just how good her round was.

She added: “When I came off people were saying that score would be good enough to win it but I didn’t think so.

“When I got home I picked up a message which said that not only had I won, but I’d also broken the course record, so I was pleased with that.”