Five minutes with Stephen Bedford (43), golf club maker who runs Fit for Purpose Golf at the Old Ben Sayers Factory in North Berwick

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Where did you grow up?


On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with your lot?


What would it take to get this to 10?

Get down to scratch golf and see my son grow up happy.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A motorbike mechanic, as my father owned a motorbike shop.

If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?

Believe in yourself. You can do whatever you commit to, but it’s not going to be easy.

When was the last time you cried and why?

When my first dog died about 15 years ago.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Becoming a father.

What three things would you still like to do before you die?

Play on the professional seniors golf tour, travel the globe and learn a new skill.

Where was the last place you went on holiday?


What was the last book you read?

Ben Hogan’s Modern Fundamentals of Golf.

What’s the biggest fib you’ve ever told?

I don’t tell fibs

If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out?

Stop famine.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My age, so that I could take up golf as a child.

Name three dinner guests, dead or alive, that you’d have at your fantasy dinner party

Seve Ballesteros, Leonardo Da Vinci and Idris Elba.

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?

To be a great dad and husband.

Do you have any regrets?

No regrets.

What makes you see red?

Too many things to list.

In no more than five words, write your own epitaph

Father, husband, golfer, dog lover.

Quick-fire round

Tea of coffee?

Tea, green.

Cats or dogs?


Pop music or classical?

Bath or shower?


Night time or daytime?


Comedy or drama?


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