Golf day at Belton Park is daughter’s tribute to beloved dad

Edina Burns and her father Segio Sechi enjoyed lots of success playing golf together over more than 20 years.
Edina Burns and her father Segio Sechi enjoyed lots of success playing golf together over more than 20 years.
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A devoted daughter is organising a charity memorial day at Belton Park Golf Club in honour of her father with whom she learnt to play golf.

Last year well-known hairdresser and keen golfer Sergio Sechi passed away after a long battle with leukaemia.

Winning the John Perbedy Trophy, from left, Edina with team mates Jack Diment, Ted Glenn and Sergio.

Winning the John Perbedy Trophy, from left, Edina with team mates Jack Diment, Ted Glenn and Sergio.

“He had already beaten it into remission twice in three years, and had a bone marrow transplant,” said his daughter Edina. “But it happened quite suddenly. He contracted an infection and went into hospital for the last time.”

It was later in life that Sergio began playing golf, taking Edina with him from the age of 14. If he wasn’t on the green he was at his Watergate business, Sergio Hair Studio. A hairdresser for 45 years who originated from Sardinia, he also previously worked for his brother at Mario Coiffeur. With his wife of 41 years, June, Sergio had three children and five grandchildren.

During more than two decades of playing golf together, Sergio and Edina won many accolades, including the Quincentenary Trophy at Belton Park, and the John Peberdy Trophy with team-mates Jack Diment and Ted Glenn.

Before his passing, Edina discussed with her father the idea of a golf day to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which helps to save the lives of those with blood cancer. She is now busy making it a reality, putting together a packed day at Belton Park Golf Club on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30.

Edina and Sergio when they won the Quincentenary Trophy at Belton Park.

Edina and Sergio when they won the Quincentenary Trophy at Belton Park.

It will be an Am-Am Stableford competition, with a ladies’ handicap limit of 36 and gents’ of 24, and a 9/10 allowance. Entry is £100 per team of four, which includes a bacon sandwich and drink on arrival, goody bag and free club clean for each participant. There are prizes for first to sixth place, nearest the pin and longest drive.

Businesses can also get involved by donating prizes and sponsoring tees. For more details and an entry form, email edinaburns@outlook.com