Webber, Shin Claim 2023 NSW Vardon & Jean Derrin Honours

David Tease
January 22, 2024

Stonecutters Ridge representative Kade Webber and St. Michael’s Claire Shin have claimed the 2023 NSW Vardon and Jean Derrin Trophies.

Webber, the 2022 Stonecutters club champion, played an impressive 27 qualifying rounds with an average of 71.62. The 19-year-old delivered a string of promising results throughout the year, including a quarter final finish in the 2023 NSW Amateur, while just last week he finished in 29th place at the Australian Amateur in Victoria.

Weber claimed the crown from Concord’s Coby Carruthers, who played 32 qualifying rounds for an average of 71.73. Will Moody of Avondale finished in third place with an average of 72.58.

Shin, who turned professional in October also had an incredible year, highlighted by her playoff loss in the Women’s NSW Open to Kiwi star Momoka Kobori at Tuncurry Golf Club in March. Her 66.18 average from 14 qualifying rounds was a clear two shots better than The Ausralian’s Annika Rathbone, who played 28 rounds for a 68.5 average. In third place was Belinda Ji of Concord Golf Club on 68.72.

The NSW Vardon Trophy is one of the Golf NSW’s most important trophies. Past winners of the NSW Vardon include USPGA Tour star Cameron Davis, three time PGATA winner Jordan Zunic, Japanese Tour star Brendan Jones, Brett Ogle, Paul Gow and 13-time winner, Tony Gresham of Pennant Hills

The Jean Derrin Trophy boasts an equally impressive honour roll. Past winners include current LPGA Tour players Grace Kim and Sarah Kemp, Sarah Oh, Nikki Campbell, and six-time winner Edwina Kennedy.

Leading Scores (Men)

PostionName RoundsAverage
1Kade Webber2771.62
2Coby Carruthers3271.73
3Will Moody2572.58
4Michael Williams2572.58
5Will Hoven3374.26
6Ryan Richards2976.18
7Nick Matwijow2576.67

Leading Scores (Women)

Name  Rounds Played Top 80% Average 
Claire Shin1466.18
Annika Rathbone2868.5
Belinda Ji2268.72
June Song1469.09
Charlotte Perkins1870
Rachel Lee 2370.3
Ann Jang 2270.5
Grace Lee1170.88
Ella Scarsbrook2070.94
Michelle Bang1571
Rebecca Zhao1371.38

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