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Golfer Jarrod Lyle, and his wife Briony, welcomed their first child on March 10, and have named their new daughter Lusi Joy. Lusi Lyle was born at a hospital in Shepparton, Victoria at 11.19 pm, weighing 3.6 kg (7 pounds 13 ounces).

Jarrod is from the regional city of Shepparton, and began playing golf at the age of six. He turned professional in 2004, and won the Mexican Open and the Knoxville Open in 2008. He scored a hole-in-one at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2011, winning $25 000 for charity. It was the first time anyone had got a hole-in-one at the 16th on that course for nine years.

Briony (nee Harper) is also from Shepparton. Jarrod and Briony were married in the backyard of Jarrod’s grandparents in Shepparton in December last year.

Last week, Jarrod was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia after he sought treatment for an infection contracted from an insect bite while he was playing in Mexico. Lusi’s birth was induced so that he could spent time with her before being driven to Melbourne to begin four months of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

This is Jarrod’s second bout of leukaemia – at the age of 17 he was diagnosed with the same disease, and spent nine months in bed while undergoing chemotherapy. Doctors told him that his fertility could be affected by the treatment he underwent, so was thrilled when Briony became pregnant. The papers are assuming that Lusi’s name is based on the “light and joy” she is bringing into their lives.

Jarrod’s manager reports that he is in good spirits and pretty resilient. Messages of support, and congratulations on the birth of Lusi, have been flooding in to the popular golfer known for his sense of fun, and we can only add to them by wishing Jarrod a speedy recovery and the best of health.

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