The Hunter River District (HRDGA) won the Country Cup for the third time, defeating the Newcastle Hunter District Ladies Golf Association (NHDLGA) by a convincing 46 points. Played at Scone Golf Club, The Country Cup is a Stableford 4BBB competition between 15 representative pairs from the HRDGA and the NHDLGA. The 2023 County Cup was hosted by HRDGA at Scone Golf Course on Friday 21 April.
This was the fourth playing of the event with HRDGA having won previously at Kurri and Muswellbrook before NHDLGA won the 2022 competition at Muree. The result for 2023 was an impressive victory by the host Hunter River District, 599 points to 553 points.
The day could not have been such a success without the support of the Scone Golf Club and associated volunteers in conducting the event. The course was well prepared by the greens staff and a band of volunteer workers. Congratulations also to coordinators, the NHDLGA’s Dom Kelly and HRDGA’s Lyn Banks. Next year the Country Cup will be hosted by NHDLGA at a date and venue to be decided.
In 2019 NHDLGA and HRDGA met to discuss introducing a modified Country Cup competition between the two Districts. It was decided the event will be held beginning in 2019 with competition sites alternating between the two Districts. The first Country Cup was held in October 2019 at Kurri. The selected format was a 4BBB stableford two-person team event with a team from NHDLGA playing with/against the HRDGA team. Each District entered 17, 2 player teams (34 players) and the aggregate of the Best Ball scores determined the County Cup winner.