NSW and WA couldn’t be separated after the opening round of the Men’s Interstate Teams Matches at The Grange Golf Club today.
On a day when the Blues were a couple of daunting opponents in the Sandgropers and the VICs back-to-back, a halved result might seem a hard task of the first four matches out, only Harrison Crowe was able to pick up a point.
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Thankfully for NSW, Debutant Nathan Barbieri grabbed a half a point against tyro Ben Ferguson, before the top two, Josh Armstrong and Blake Windred, grabbed the much-needed points with wins against Kiran Day, and world number nine, Min Woo Lee, respectively.
In the other matches, the result of the day was pulled off by minnow’s Tasmania, who held the highly fancied Queensland outfit to a half. Former NSW representative Dylan Perry lost to former touring pro Nathan Gatehouse, 2&1.
Victoria, the Blues opponents this afternoon, whitewashed Northern Territory 7/nil in a lop-sided result that showed the Southerners intent to defend their 2017 title.
Apple Isle no match for NSW
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It was a little slow to begin, but the NSW Women’s team have got their 2018 campaign off to a solid start with a five/nil win over Tasmania this morning at Glenelg Golf Club.
In a stunning debut to her interstate women’s career, 13-year-old Sophie Yip led the way, figuratively and literally with her 5&3 win over Tasmania’s Mackenzie Wilson.
Darcy Habgood, no stranger to interstate competition, albeit in Blues colours this year, accounted for Lily Cealli 2&1.
The trio of Team Captain Amy Chu, Stephanie Kyriacou and Doey Choi all won 3&2 to complete the clean sweep.
Chu was satisfied with the result post round.
“It feels good to get off to a nice start.
“We had a goal for this morning so, we are really happy,” Chu said.
Stephanie Kyriacou got off to a slow start by her standards. However, it didn’t take the St. Michaels Tyro too long to find her range.
“I started with a couple of pars to get the ball rolling,” Kyriacou smiled.
“I hit a good pitch on 17 from about 84 metres out to get up and down for the save.
Star of the day, Sophie Yip, was happy to have started her Senior Interstate career off on a positive note.
“It felt alright; I played pretty well today.
“My putting was good, and my approach shots were good, so yeah, good round.
The 13- year old said she felt the step up to women’s golf wasn’t all that different to her Junior debut last month.
“It was kind of the same, different course though, but it was all right,” Yip smiled.
BLUES OFF TO COOL START
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The NSW Women’s team is off to a cool start on day one of the Australian Interstate Teams Matches at Glenelg Golf Club.
On a day where the sun is struggling to break through, the girls were led away by 13 year old Sophie Yip. Through eight holes she finds herself 2 up in her match against her Tasmanian Opponent Mackenzie Wilson.
Darcy Habgood is in a battle against her opponent, Lily Call, and is one down through seven holes.
Team Captain Amy Chu is two down after 7 holes against Sarah Johnstone, Stephanie Kyriacou is all square against Hallie Meaburn.
Doey Choi, out in the final match of the morning, got away to an impressive start, hitting it to about four feet on the first for birdie against her opponent Georgie Melbourne. Choi is two up after three holes.
INTERSTATE UNDERWAY UNDER GREY SKIES
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The 2018 Australian Interstate Teams Matches are set to start with a bang today at Glenelg and The Grange Golf Clubs in South Australia.
The weather is mild and overcast right now. Slight winds forecast all day with a top temperature of about 19 degrees. Hopefully the sun will peek it’s head out by mid morning.
The team are about to go on course and we will update throughout the day on Facebook Twitter and at golfnsw.org
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