Yowani Country Club’s Diane Scobie has come out on top as the overall and the Div III (Bronze) winner of the 2023 Women’s NSW Medal State Final held at the picturesque Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.
And to top it all off, her impressive round of just one over par nett featured her first-ever birdie.
Expressing her excitement, Scobie said, “I’m absolutely over the moon. Winning in golf is a first for me. Getting a birdie was fabulous, and with another par, it was really good.”
Scobie described the achievement as her biggest golfing highlight. Reflecting on her preparation, she shared, “I practiced on Saturday, checked out the course, and was hopeful for a decent round, but I didn’t expect this.”
One of about 10,000 competitors state-wide who took part in this year’s Women’s Medal Competition, Scobie admitted she was shocked to have made it to the district level, let alone the State Final.
“When I was informed, I was going to the district stage that was a big enough surprise, and then I was even more surprised when I won that, and I was thrilled to come down here,” she added.
Runner-up in Div III was Jan Hurley from Pacific Dunes with a score of 74, and third was Nancy Berryman from Breakers Country Club with a score of 75.
Allysen Weaver from Lismore Workers GC clinched Div II (Silver) with a score of 72, and expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to compete in the State Final.
“I’ve had the most amazing experience. I never thought in my golfing life that this would happen to me,” Weaver said.
“My husband and son are keen golfers so for me to win this is just very special, I’m very honoured.”
Runner up in Div II was Petty O’Laughlin from Kiama GC with a score of 72, and in third was Susan Pittman from Club Taree with a score of 73.
In Div I (Gold), Robyn Stapleton of Oberon GC emerged victorious with a score of 73.
“It’s wonderful, I’m ecstatic. It’s a beautiful course, I had beautiful company. What more can I say,” she said.
Runner up in Div I was Gaye Gillard of Hawks Nest GC with a score of 73, and in third was Mabel McCormick from Muswellbrook GC with a score of 77.
The 2023 NSW Women’s Medal is held over three stages in three divisions. In the first stage, held from January to September, winners at club level are determined by the lowest nett aggregate of three scores at the end of six rounds. Club winners progress to District and Metropolitan playoffs, with the best scores in each division at each venue (top five placegetters in metropolitan) move on to the annual State Final.