Date: May 09, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

Harro ready to rumble at #IntSeries

Harrison Endycott has seen plenty in the past couple of years.

Wins in the United States, around Australia and while representing his country at the Eisenhower Trophy in the World Amateur Teams Championship in Mexico are testament to the fact that he thrives in the heat of a contest.

The Sydneysider is also a great showman and knows how to draw a crowd.

So as his New South Wales teammates gather in Perth to defend their Interstate Series crown, take note as he throws down an epic scenario for a week full of intense battles.

“We’re pumped for it. Everyone’s going to be coming at us and we can’t wait,” Endycott said.

“It’s great fun to go into a contest with your mates and that’s what this week is all about and we’ve been working really hard in preparation, so we’re excited about it.”

More of the preparation to come; but first a flash to why he’s in fight mode.

Asked of the great threats to the Blues’ crown, the Avondale member was quick to pay tribute to traditional rivals Victoria and Queensland.

But then came his boldest shout.

“I’m a true believer that WA is the real dark horse,” he said.

“Every year they’ve been getting a bit better and on home soil, I reckon they’re going to be coming at us with razor blades and knives, they’ll be that pumped up.”

While the world No.17-ranked amateur is clearly light-hearted with his comment, he’s very serious about the threat that Min Woo Lee, Kiran Day, Haydn Barron and company will provide.

“They’ve been running hot and I think we’re going to need to be at our best up and down the order to look after them.

“But I don’t fear them – none of us will fear anyone.”

Which is the perfect link back to the NSW preparation.

It’s no secret that the Dean Kinney-led high performance squad has forged a tight and increasingly successful combination in the past two years.

With the progression of Cam Davis and Austin Bautista to pro ranks, it’s an impressive list of debutants stepping into the reigning champs’ fold.

Outstanding Canberra junior Josh Armstrong will make his NSW debut alongside Isaac Noh and another former country-based star in the hard-working James Grierson.

Put simply, there’s no real weakness in the squad that also features Travis Smyth, Dylan Perry, Kevin Yuan and the mercurial Blake Windred.

And Endycott, while humble, knows that.

“I think the beauty of our team is that anyone can play at any number – and we might actually do that,” he said.

“Josh has had a great year and is a huge talent, Isaac works really hard and is fearless and James hasn’t had this opportunity before and he has great skills and just is so driven to make the most of it.

“I honestly think we could all play at No.1. But whether I’m No.1 or No.5, all I want to do is play and get my point.

“All we can do is control things that we can control, so if we all take care of our number, we’ll be in a good position at the end of each match, hopefully.

“Dean and the team have really got us focused and our mission is to be world class and dominate in everything we do. That’s been our preparation and we hope it will translate out on to the course.”

And Melville Glades, despite hosting a national event for the first time, won’t hold any secrets for Endycott who competed at the venue in a schoolboys’ competition a “couple of years” ago.

“It’s a great course – it should be a fun week,” he said.