Date: April 18, 2013
Author: Khan Pullen / Golf NSW

Blog: NSW Boys T3 with SA at the Interstate Series

18 April 2013

Report on Final Day – NSW Team at the Australian Boys&apos Interstate Series
On the final day the NSW Boys had to take on the home state of Western Australia. The boys were keen to do well to secure third place in the championships. Nick Watts was again overlooked for team selection as his wrist, although feeling better during the warm up, was still on his mind while swinging. So Isaac Noh stepped in again at position 5. Isaac played very well and secured an early 4&3 win for the team. Harrison Endycott played well but couldn’t quite capitalise on his chances on the green eventually losing 2 down. Kevin Yuan continued on his solid form winning at 2&1. Mitchell Venables who got off to a good start, couldn’t quite keep the momentum going eventually losing on the 18th hole. Ruben who got behind early, fought his way back to get in front, but some solid play from Curtis Luck saw them all square with 2 holes to play. Both players hit solid drives down the 17th, Curtis hitting the better approach to about 15 feet. He then rolled the birdie putt straight into the middle of the cup to take a 1up lead down the last. The last hole, a short par 4 dogleg right, Curtis blocked his 3 wood tee shot into the right trees. Ruben smoked a 2 hybrid straight down the middle of the fairway. Ruben then hit a very nice wedge to about 8 feet on the temporary green. Curtis in his attempt to hit the ball on to the green from the trees hit a tree on its way out and was still 50 metres from the hole. Curtis hit a nice pitch to about 10 feet. His putt lipped out for par. Ruben s two putt was conceded, squared a halved match, which resulted in a halved contest. With the halved contest today the boys ended up finishing in equal third position with South Australia. Overall I am very proud of the boys&apos efforts this week. Right from last Saturday afternoon when we arrived at Bunberry to walk the course, the boys&apos commitment to preparation was very good. Each morning and evening the boys were very diligent with their warm-up and recovery routines, which gave themselves every chance to play well each day. On the course they stuck to their game plans most of the time. Likewise their attitudes and body language was positive the majority of the time. It has been a pleasurable week for Team Manager Robert Scott and myself to be with these young men. They have gotten on extremely well with each other and have represented themselves and Golf NSW extremely well! Congratulations to Queensland who defeated Victoria today to be the 2013 Champions!! To view all results [Click here].

17 April 2013

Well it was always going to be a tough contest against Victoria, but our guys gave them a hell of a fight. The day didn t get off to the best start as unfortunately Nick Watts, who was due to play at number five injured his wrist during the warm-up and was unable to play. So Isaac Noh stepped up into the lead off match. Isaac played solidly but ran into a hot opponent and was beaten 5&4. Mitchell Venables continued his unbeaten run with a solid 4&3 win playing at 4. Harrison Endycott played very well and defeated the Victorian Captain 3&2. Ruben played well but again the Victorian number one player was just too good on the day. Ruben went down 3 &2. The match came down to contest number 3 with Kevin Yuan taking on Ryan Ruffles. Kevin was down early but fought back very well to be 2 up with 4 to play. Ryan Ruffles finished very strongly birdieing 2 of the last 4 holes and with Kevin bogeying the 16th hole. Ryan held onto his 1 up lead with a par on the last hole to seal the victory for Victoria. Overall I was extremely proud of the way our boys played and they can hold their heads up high that they gave the strong favourites a great match. It was always going to be difficult to be emotionally up for the South Australian match in the afternoon after such a tough loss in the morning. Isaac, Harrison and Ruben were very slow out of the gates in their matches. Isaac and Harrison were unable to gain any ground on their opponents throughout their matches and went down 574 and 5 &3 respectively. Kevin Yuan was his normal steady self, hitting fairway after fairway and solid approach shots on most holes to build an early lead which he maintained throughout the match to win 5&3. Mitchell Venables continues his unbeaten run winning his match 4&3. It was not looking very good at all for the team as Ruben was 3 down with 6 holes to play against the current Australian Junior Champion Anthony Murdaca. Ruben started to build the comeback by winning back to back holes on 13 and 14. The players halved 15 with bogies. On the tricky downhill par 3 with the wind gusting Ruben hit a solid approach to about 30 feet. Murdaca nearly holed his shot on the full but spun back to 12 feet. Ruben holed his putt Murdaca missed and the match was all square with two holes remaining. Both players parred the par 5 17th hole, so it was tied up going up the last. Ruben sticking to his game plan played an iron off the tee, while Murdaca took the more aggressive play of driver off the tee. Ruben hit a wedge shot that flew straight over the flag but just went long in to the fringe about 15 feet from the hole. Murdaca hit a pitch to about 8 feet. Ruben hit a perfect putt that went straight in the middle of the hole. Murdaca&aposs putt slipped past. So with that remarkable comeback from the Captain we won the match 3/2. In the final match tomorrow we play Western Australia. With a win the boys will seal up third place. A very happy NSW Boys Team after a gutsy 3/2 win over SA. Captain Ruben Sondjaja won the match on the 18th hole!! Unlucky to the boys on tough 3/2 loss to Victoria this morning. The boys played hard and gave it everything. Very proud of their efforts!!!

16 April 2013

On day two the boys met with a determined Tasmanian side in the morning that pushed them all the way. With the resting of Mitchell Venables in this match, Issac Noh got to lead the team off. Isaac secured a 1 up win with a very delicate pitch out of the rough over a bunker to three feet on the last. Harrison Endycott and Kevin Yuan had convincing wins with scores of 4&2 and 7&6 respectively. Nick Watts played steadily which resulted in a halved match. Ruben Sondjaja was a little off his game eventually going down 4&2. In the afternoon match against Queensland Mitchell Venables secured a good win at number 5. After being 2 down early to some very good play from his opponent, Mitchell s consistent ball striking eventually worn down his opponent to secure a very good 2&1 win. Although Kevin Yuan, Harrison Endycott and Nick Watts played some solid golf in each of their matches, the Queenslanders were on song on the greens and were just too good for our guys who played well but just couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Ruben played solidly against the No.1 ranked Australian Boy, Viraat Badhwar taking him to the final hole, unfortunately three putting the final green to square the match. The boys are still in good spirits and all is not lost with the defeat against Queensland this afternoon. The boys will more than likely need to win the remainder of their matches and need some results of other matches to go their way. The first assignment is to beat a very strong Victorian side tomorrow morning which is currently undefeated!! The NSW Boys team (pictured below) enjoying lunch after a hard fought 31/2 11/2 win over Tasmania. QLD to come this afternoon. Go Blues!!!

15 April 2013

The NSW Boys State Team got off to a good start on day one winning both of their matches at the 2013 Boys&apos Interstate Teams Matches being played at Bunberry Golf Club, Western Australia. Playing ACT in the morning, Nick Watts in the first match got off to a flying start, being 3 up through 4 holes and was never behind in his match winning 5/4. Harrison Endycott who played number 4, also jumped out of the gates and was 2 up through 4 holes and again was never behind also winning 5/4. Mitch Venables and Kevin Yuan got behind early but showed plenty of determination to win 1 up and 4/3 respectively. Ruben Sondjaja played well throughout the round, building up steady pressure on his opponent to win 4/2. In the afternoon match against the Northern Territory Kevin Yuan was rested and Isaac Noh made his debut as a state representative and got the team off to a great start winning 6/5. Nick Watts and Harrison Endycott continued playing very solid golf winning both their matches 5/4 and 6/4 respectively. Mitchell Venables struggled to find form early, but showed composure to remain in the match and with birdies on 16 and 17 holes closed out the match to win 2/1. Ruben squared his match. All in all a very solid start and looking forward to some strong competition against Tasmania and Queensland on day 2. Both the NSW Boys&apos and Girls&apos Team are leading into the final day. [Click for GA&aposs Daily Report]

14 April 2013

Preparations begin for the NSW Boys&apos Team for the Interstate Teams Matches to be contested at Bunberry Golf Club, WA from 15-18 April. Good luck, boys!