AUSTRALIAN GIRLS&apos INTERSTATE TEAMS MATCHES – Pacific Dunes Golf Club Visit the Event Page The Australian Girls Interstate Teams Matches for the Burtta Cheney Cup is underway at Pacific Dunes Golf Club near Newcastle on the New South Wales Central Coast. Defending champion New South Wales will be led by Chantal Hodson and Cathleen Santoso. Hodson, Australia s number 3 ranked junior, lives in Bathurst but is a member of The Australian Golf Club. Santoso, from The Lakes Golf Club, was a quarter finalist at the Srixon Australian Women’s Amateur in Melbourne in March. Queensland has won the title in three of the last five years and features Emily McLennan and Christina Mew among their leading players. McLennan, currently ranked in the top five on the Girls National Rankings, represented Australia at the Junior Open Championship at Lundin Links in Scotland last year and won the Tasmanian Girls Masters, while Mew has represented Australia on numerous occasions. Western Australia, who last won the title in 2005, bring one of their strongest teams in years, including Srixon Australian Amateur runner up and National Junior Squad member Minjee Lee, Whitney Harvey and Hayley Bettencourt. Victoria will be led by 14 year old Woodlands Golf Club member Julienne Soo with emerging talent Montana Strauss (Long Island) as they hope to capture the title for the first time since 2007. Elysia Yap (Glenelg) is the oldest member of the South Australian team at 16 as the team goes for its first win in the championship since 1983. Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia are represented by 6 players each, who contest round robin match play against each other team. Entry is free for spectators, and members and supporters are encouraged to walk with the players on the fairways and watch our future stars. AUSTRALIAN BOYS&apos INTERSTATE TEAMS MATCHES – Cabramatta Golf Club Visit the Event Page The Australian Boys Interstate Teams Matches commences this week at Cabramatta Golf Club in Sydney s west with host of Australia s best juniors ready to battle it out in state rivalries. Jake Higginbottom will head the NSW line up. Higginbottom is an Australian Representative and the number 2 junior in the country. The NSW team has dominated the event for the last four years, winning three times in that period, and will go in as defending champions. Queensland has a strong team, which will be led by recently crowned Srixon Australian Men’sStroke Play Champion Cameron Smith. Smith is currently ranked number one on both the National Boys Rankings and National Open Men’sRankings. 2008 champions Victoria have a solid team and are sure to be in the mix come the final day, while the South Australian team includes Anthony Murdaca who last year became the youngest player to ever win the Australian Boys Amateur Championship at the age of 14. Western Australia hasn t won the event since 2000, however headed by Australia s number 3 ranked junior Oliver Goss, is also sure to be in contention. The youngest player in the Championship is 11 year old Joshua Armstrong from the ACT. He will be joined by Victorian Ryan Ruffels, a 12 year old who plays off a 2 handicap. Ryan has great sporting genes in his blood, with his father being former professional tennis player, Ray Ruffels – an Australian Open semi-finalist in 1969 and 1975 and in 1978, partnering with Billie Jean King in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon to finish runners up. Tasmania and Northern Territory, who have never won the event, make up the final two teams, and with team members who have had experience in this event over in recent years, will also be competitive. Each of the six states and two territories are represented by 6 players each, who contest round robin match play against each other team. The event has been played since 1958, with past competitors including Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, and Jason Day. Entry is free for spectators, and members and supporters are encouraged to walk with the players on the fairways and watch our future stars.