Vicki Laws (Surfers Paradise) has secured the 2016 Queensland Women’s Country Championships over defending champion Sheree Hasson (Mackay).
Surfers Paradise and Southport Golf Club played host to this year’s championship from Sunday 15 May – Tuesday 17 May 2016 with both courses presenting themselves in immaculate conditions.
This year’s numbers exceeded expectations with a capacity field of 352 ladies competing in the singles event and 177 pairs contesting the Foursomes with players from 59 Queensland clubs making the trip from as far as Cairns to Coolangatta-Tweed. The week of golf started with the Foursomes Championship on Sunday concluding with the individual Championships on alternating courses on Monday and Tuesday.
Surfers Paradise hosted Divisions 1 and 2 on Monday with two-time Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Champion Josie Ryan (Headland) firing an opening round of 76 (+4) to hold a two-stroke lead over Vicki Laws and defending champion Sheree Hasson.
Over at Southport, Carmel Hendrie (Gympie GC) finished with a two-shot lead (102) in Division 3 and Aileen Morton (Cooroy GC) led Division 4 recording 33 points in the Stableford format.
Perfect conditions greeted the players for the second round alternating courses with Division 1 and 2 heading to Southport, and Divisions 3 and 4 returning to Surfers Paradise.
Laws got off to a great start on her front nine and maintained the good play to eventually run away with the 2016 Women’s Country victory with a final 4-over par round 77 followed by Hasson earning runner-up after completing a second round of 82.
Valma Cossar (Boomerang Farm) improved on her first round which was enough to take out Division 2 by returning scores of 97-92 followed by Diana West with 98-95.
On the demanding and slightly chilly second morning delivered at Surfers Paradise, another solid performance by overnight leader Hendrie safeguarded her win (102-104) with a four-way tie between Noelene Spurway, Diane Gilmour, Coral Walton and Sandra Hyde to take out runner-up honours (207). Morton continued her successful streak returning 31 points to claim two-point victory over Cairn’s Susan Pabst.
Josie Ryan partnered with Annabel Harris on Sunday to take out the Foursomes event shooting 83. In a tie for second place was the partnership of Susan Price and Anne Morpeth, and Carmel Macdermott and Margaret Richards trailing by only two-shots. Foursomes at Surfers Paradise was won by Fay Watts and Lesley Foran in division two with a score of 97.
Golf Queensland would like to extend a sincere thanks to host courses Surfers Paradise Golf Club and Southport Golf Club for staging this year’s event and this year’s partner City of Gold Coast for their support of the state championship. Each club’s administration, bar staff and ground staff are to be commended on their superb hospitality. Special mention to both clubs’ ladies committees and volunteers who put in hours of work to coordinate the smooth running of another successful Women’s Country Championship.
In 2017, the Women's Country Championships will head north to Rockhampton Golf Club and Yeppoon Golf Club.
For full results, visit the event page.
Tournament photos available on the Golf Queensland Facebook page.