They promised big things on home soil and, on day one of the 2019 #IntSeries, the Tasmanians delivered.
Having had the morning bye, Tasmania was forced to wait to kickstart its campaign, but a strong 5-2 win over South Australia got the hosts off to a flying start.
It was the lower order that ensured the locals made a winning start, with Tasmania Golf Club member Andrew Phillips, Mark Schulze and Ryan Thomas all nabbing wins.
SA's Liam Georgiadis gave his team some hope, but Craig Hancocksoon answered, the pair needing 17 and 18 holes respectively to see off their opponents.
South Australia’s Billy Cawthorne got one back with a 2&1 win over Mitch Van Noord in the No.2 slot before Greg Longmore saw off world No.57 Jack Thompson at the top of the order in a brilliant display.
“Without being rude, I don’t actually know him so I didn’t know his ranking. If I did, I probably would’ve been a little bit more shaky,” said Longmore.
“I just played normal golf, a lot of birdies out there, a lot of birdies to halve holes.”
With their last #IntSeries crown at Woodlands in 1977, the Tasmanian want to make history in their own backyard.
“You give yourself a chance heading in, I know every other team does as well,” said Longmore.
“Hopefully it’s going to be a little colder and windier which will give us the advantage. Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here.”
WA bounced back after lunch with a blistering performance, sweeping the Northern Territory 7-0 despite falling behind early in multiple matches.
Captain Haydn Barron was brilliant at the top of the order, taking down opposite No.1 Jake Hughes 7&5.
Meanwhile, WA debutants Joshua Herrero and Jordan Jung were among those to win their first match for their state.
With both teams coming off a win in the morning, the afternoon’s State of Origin clash between NSW and Queensland was the match-up of the day.
Maroon Lochie Coleborn and Blues James Conran and Harrison Crowe secured early points for their states, before NSW’s Jordie Garner salvaged a half with Lewis Hoath from a horrible lie on the final hole.
In the No.3 match, Nathan Barbieri edged NSW further ahead with a 3&2 win over Lawry Flynn but Queensland no.1 Jed Morgan kept his side in it with a 3&2 win over Josh Armstrong.
A six-under run over a six-hole stretch in the middle of his round enabled world No.17 Blake Windred see off an impressive Chris Crabtree, despite the pair halving the par-5 4th with eagles.
In the morning’s contests, Victoria survived a scare against a punchy South Australia with Matias Sanchez winning the battle of the No. 1s 2&1 over Jack Thompson.
Blake Collyer, Kyle Michel and Andre Lautee each claimed a point in the next three matches, helping Victoria to a 5.5–1.5 triumph.
Queensland held its nerve for a 5–2 first up win over Western Australia with Chris Crabtree, Lawry Flynn, Joel Stahlhut, Louis Dobbelaar and debutant Lochie Coleborn all securing points.
And in the other contest NSW set up its week with a 6-1 scoreline over the Northern Territory.
The NT’s lone point came in the No.1 fixture, when Jake Hughes overpowered January’s Australian Amateur Championship runner-up Nathan Barbieri 3&1.
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