Swap from squash to golf proves successful

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

By Casey O'Connor

Lisa Stuart was recently named the Stanthorpe Golf Club Ladies Golfer of the Year during the annual Christmas party celebrations and presentation of Trophies.

She is one of the most consistent Ladies players in the club and it may surprise many to learn that Stuart, 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 competition this year Stuart won the Medal of Medallist and topped that with her Ladies Golfer of the Year award in the Saturday comepitition.

Before taking up golf seriously Lisa 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.”

At weekend Lisa joined her 85-year-old mother, who Is also a keen golfer, playing at least three times a week at the Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

A year ago the pair won the Burleigh Golf Club’s Parent Child comepitition.

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,” Lisa said.

On Saturday the pair teed off in the same competition hoping to defend their title, unfortunately it was not to be however the pair played some great golf and enjoyed their round together.

“It is not often you get to share such a special round of golf with your 85-year-old mother,” Stuart said.

“It Is a real privilege,” Lisa said.

The duo thrilled to see that the comepitition has grown in popularity.

Stuart said 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.

Lisa 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 Lisa’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 competition.