GOLF is an integral part of Naida Murphy’s life. She loves the game and the friends she has made through playing. She swings a pretty mean club and heads out onto the greens as often as possible.
Over the three days of the South-West Ladies Championships held at Tumut Golf Club last week, Naida successfully competed in the division two section of the tournament, winning several major awards and posting a score of 69 on both days, a feat none of the other lady golfers could achieve across the three sections.
It was the first time Naida had won at the South-West event and the victory has the keen golfer thrilled to bits.
“It was wonderful doing so well at the Championships,” Mrs Murphy said. “It is special because all the other ladies from the other clubs, along with the Tumut ladies, are so happy for you when you win.”
Naida’s winning streak started from the first hit off on Friday, driving straight and putting cleanly, Naida won the Open division two section with her round of 69 along with the handicap event for division two as well.
Under cloudy skies and rainclouds, Naida’s good form continued on Saturday and she picked up the Division two champion award over 36 holes, shooting a 198 net and being named as runner-up in the 18 hole scratch category.
Also awarded the Westpac Trophy for her 69 net score and the Derrin McLeish International Shield, Naida’s name will also be engraved on the Jubilee Trophy and along side her great friends Marion Ross and Marie McInerney on the Tiliston Cup.
For Nadia the wins were a wonderful bonus but the highlight of the three days was spending time with her friends playing a sport which she loves.
“I don’t ever go out to win so it was a bonus to do well. You play with the ladies at various events and you become good friends with quite a few,” she said. “The support you receive, especially from the local girls is special, they are a nice lot of girls.”
Playing off a handicap of 30 going into the South-West Championships, Naida’s success saw her drop two shots with her teeing off from 28 going into this weekend’s Bateman’s Bay Catalina Ladies Open.
She will make the trip to the large annual tournament with seven other local ladies and is looking forward to the challenge of the coastal course.
“We have been going to the Catalina event for over 10 years now,” Mrs Murphy said. “We have a wonderful time and it is a fun weekend away playing golf.”
There will be little time for rest after the gruelling three days of competition with Naida hitting off in the Tumut Veterans Tournament on Tuesday.
As a younger woman, Naida took up golf socially whilst she played tennis competitively. Her easy going nature and growing passion for the game saw her play a full round of 18 holes the day before the birth of her youngest child, Mel.
After her husband Neville passed away, and then more so as her children grew up, Naida re-embraced her love for golf and with more spare time on her hands, started to play at every opportunity she had.
“I needed to keep busy so I took up bridge, golf and learnt to do patchwork,” Mrs Murphy laughed. “Along with my garden it keeps me pretty busy. I have been back playing for about 15 years now and I just love it.”
Naida’s good friend and golfing buddy, Paula Dean who also achieved fantastic results on the weekend, tend to the Tumut Golf Club gardens and have established a magnificent array of colourful garden beds.
“The club has a good feel to it,” Mrs Murphy said. “You go out there and they are making you a cup of tea as you come in and there’s always someone there to have chat with. There are around 20 women who regularly play together, it is just a lot of fun.”