Date: April 19, 2018
Author: Golf Australia

Gutsy Blues push Qld to #IntSeries wire

Queensland has the fate of the Boys’ Interstate Series in its hands for today’s final round, but two other teams remain in contention at Perth’s Hartfield Golf Club.

The young Maroons flexed their muscle on Wednesday, effectively ending South Australia’s bold run with a 4.5-0.5 morning win, then whitewashing Northern Territory 5-0 to take a substantial matches won lead at the top of the table.

Both Queensland and New South Wales have five contest wins out of a possible six, but the young Blues cannot overhaul their northern rival’s match tally and require help from Western Australian today in what is the pivotal contest of the tournament against the leaders.

NSW outlasted WA 3-2 in an epic clash on Wednesday, meaning the host state slipped to third in the standings. NSW will win overall with a win or half against South Australia if Queensland loses to Western Australia, or only with a win if Queensland and WA halve their contest.

Western Australia can still win if NSW loses to South Australia and it beats Queensland by at least 4.5-0.5 today. A 4-1 WA win combined with a NSW loss would mean a tie between the host state and Queensland.

The young Blues were exceptional against WA on Wednesday, with Ethan Chambers and Corey Lamb posting solid wins in the first two matches on course.

Perth’s Cooper Geddes made a long putt for eagle on his final hole to square with Tom Heaton at No.3 after a classic tussle, then newly crowned Aussie Junior champion Connor Fewkes gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with a tight 3&1 win at No.2

But Harrison Crowe did exactly what was needed for NSW in the top match and his tense halve with WA’s Josh Greer ensured NSW victory.

NSW then narrowly took care of ACT 3-2 in the afternoon to ensure Queensland needs victory today to ensure the title heads north.

South Australia ended any faint chance Victoria harboured when the southern rivals squared their afternoon contest 2.5 points each to leave them sharing fourth, but too far back to catch Queensland.