Squash swap pays off for Stuart

Ladies’ Golfer of the year winner Lisa Stuart (right) with ladies’ captain Nikki Waterworth (left).

By Casey O'Connor

Lisa Stuart has been named Stanthorpe Women’s golfer of the year.

The Stanthorpe Golf Club announced their top male and female Golfers at their annual Christmas party and presentation of Trophies on Saturday night.

The title of Ladies Golfer of the Year went to Lisa Stuart one of the most consistent Ladies players in the club. It may surprise many to learn that Lisa, who is in and around the winning scores most weeks, had only been a casual golfer prior to moving to Stanthorpe in 2019.

She began playing competition golf in 2021 with a handicap of 14 and this is her first title win.

Lisa plays at every opportunity including the midweek and Saturday competition. In the mid-week comepitition this year Stuart won the Medal of Medallist and topped that with her Ladies Golfer of the Year award in the Saturday competition.

Before taking up golf seriously Stuart was a champion squash player notching up close to a half a century of competition.

“I played my last game in January this year,” she said.

“It is Golf for me now.”

This weekend Stuart will join her 85-year-old mother also a keen golfer who plays three times a week on the Gold Coast. Twelve months ago the pair won the Burleigh Golf Club’s Parent Child competition.

They were the only female team in the field and were tickled pink to take out the title.

“Mum was so excited to win last year, and we are going back to defend our title on Saturday, hoping for another win,” Lisa said.

Stuart says she has really developed a passion for golf and will play in the men’s Saturday competition if there are not enough ladies to play.

“That’s good because if you win there is always plenty of sledging ,” she said.

Stuart is not the only golfer in the family she often partners her husband Dave in mixed competitions.

The Golfer of the Year title has already whet Stuart’s appetite and she will no doubt be gunning for more success however she admits there are some very good Ladies playing in the Stanthorpe comepitition.

More about the Male Golfer of Year, Hamish Adam in the next edition.