Hurstville Girls win Encourage Shield title

Hurstville Golf Club have taken out the Ladies NSW Encourage Shield Championship beating a swag of top rating golf clubs along the way.

The win in the handicap match-play competition is the first for a southern Sydney golf club.

Hurstville Girls win Encourage Shield title Hurstville Girls win Encourage Shield title

The Hurstville team of Carmen Truong, Madeleine Nurdi (captain), Teresa Nurdi, Victoria Tan and Nicole Rothwell are aged from 14 to 10 years of age and were able to overcome a more experienced Pennant Hills team with a 5&2 victory in the final at Muirfield Golf Club in Sydney.

“This is a massive boost to our club,” said Martin Johnson, team manager about the team’s win.

“Hurstville is not a large club and we have been working very hard on junior development by holding weekly teaching clinics and and competitions. To collect this title against the more established clubs is just a dream come true.”

The final was close with the lead changing hands several times during the day, with many matches going the full distance. Team captain Madeleine Nurdi won on the 18th hole to secure the historic victory.

“We have been developing the girls representative team for the last few years,” said Johnson.

“All the girls have matured in their game and also their thinking of shot play around the greens. So for the girls to step up and take on some of the best golf clubs in Sydney is a true credit to their maturity to handle pressure situations and to remain calm when their opponents could not.”

The Encourage Shield is a handicap matchplay competition designed for players who are just under the standard of junior pennants and is administered by Jack Newton Junior Golf.

The men’s competition is set to commence in October with Bankstown the defending champions.