Date: April 27, 2016
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Composite Team Performs Strongly

New South Wales captured the Australian Girls' Interstate Teams Matches for the Burtta Cheney Cup in Aprilat the Devonport Golf Club.

 

The Blues stormed home to win 3-2 over an undefeated Queensland for their first title since 2010, also in Tasmania at nearby Ulverstone.

 

After Victoria, which had earlier beaten New South Wales and lost to Queensland, beat Western Australia 4-1 in another morning encounter, three states were locked on 4-1 after their five matches.

 

But New South Wales reigned with 19 individual matches, narrowly edging out Queensland with 18.5 and Victoria third with 15.5.

 

The Composite Team, a combination of players from Tasmania, and the two territories, finished a commendable fourth with a 2-3 record in its debut outing.

 

The team defeated South Australia 4-1 and Western Australia 3-2 with a narrow loss to defending champions Victoria 3-2.

 

Tasmanians Georgia Milbourne and Zahara Lemon were the stand-out performers for the Composite Team.

 

Milbourne defeated South Australia’s Jin-Young Yun 4&3, Victoria’s Alexandra Hilliard 1up and Western Australia’s Kirsten Rudgeley 5&3.

 

While Lemon defeated South Australia’s Emma Sutton 6&5, Victoria’s Gabriela Ruffels 2&1 and Western Australia’s Claudia Pisano 1up.

 

Western Australia and South Australia rounded out the fifth and sixth positions on the final leader board.

 

South Australia and New South Wales are the joint Boys’ Interstate Series champions after a pulsating final round at Ulverstone.

 

Only a series of clutch one-putts from the young New South Welshmen prevented the South Australian boys from winning alone.

 

Victoria finished a creditable third, equal on points with Queensland but behind on matches won, while Western Australia finished fifth with a 4-3 record.

 

The Australian Capital Territory downed Tasmania 3-2 in a tight encounter to finish sixth ahead of the Apple Isle.

 

While the Northern Territory was valiant throughout the week, but couldn’t quite get over the line.

 

Tasmania suffered defeats at the hands of the major states throughout the series but manufactured a win over the Northern Territory 3-2.

 

17-year-old Kingston Beach Golf Club member Gus Burrell was the best performed of the Tasmanians with one win and three halves from his seven matches.

 

Burrell defeated South Australia’s Liam Georgiadis 3&2 and halved New South Wales’ Isaac Noh, Northern Territory’s Mitchell Gridley and the Australian Capital Territory’s Trent Britton.

 

Devonport Golf Club’s Joel Lunson was also courageous in defeating Victorian and National Squad member Cameron John 1up on the second day’s play.