Date: May 10, 2016
Author: Tom Fee

MEN: Lisk eagle secures SA win

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South Australia have thrown their hats in the ring as contenders to the powerhouse NSW team after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Western Australia this morning at the Men’s Interstate Series at Brisbane Golf Club.

It all came down to the final hole of the final match between Matthew Lisk and Curtis Luck to split the states, and Lisk came up trumps with a spectacular eagle to take his match 1up.

The South Australian tail of Sam Earl, Ben Layton and Heath Riches secured the three remaining match wins to help their state over the line while WA’s Min Woo Lee, Ben Ferguson and Kiran Day earned wins for the Sandgropers.

“It was awesome to get the win for the boys,” said Lisk.

“And to ultimately beat Curtis who is a very good player, I’m just really happy to get a win to start the series.”

Luck described Lisk’s tee shot on 18 as “awesome” post round, and Lisk said he rode his luck somewhat, and it paid off while his opponent found the trap.

“I hit a good tee shot and I didn’t realise it ran straight past the bunker, giving me a wedge in,” said Lisk.

“It made it a lot easier to get it close to the hole, and yeah, I just holed the putt.”

With only one day of practice at Brisbane Golf Club, both Lisk and Luck struggled adapting to the club’s unique Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Champion greens.

“Where we’re from the greens are a bit different, here there’s no grain and obviously the conditions and climate are different too,” said Lisk.

“It’s hard to make a quick adjustment to what they’re like and we didn’t hole many putts — so that was the issue for us today.”

With their win against the heavily favourited West Aussies, South Australia can feel confident of contending for the title, especially with many of their younger golfers sharing the spoils with NSW at last month’s boys Interstate Series.

“We’re a young group and a good bunch of lads. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do and see if we can do some damage,” said Lisk.

“We’ve been talking about it, to go for the double – it would be awesome.”

NSW also took their match to the final hole, with Harrison Endycott halving the 18th to defeat Anthony Quayle 1up and secure a 4-3 win over hosts Queensland.

Queensland led from the outset, banking three points early with big wins through Charlie Dann (5&3), Shae Wools-Cobb (5&3) and Mitchell Smith (5&4).

This left no margin for error for NSW, who took all of the remaining matches through Blake Windred (1up), Travis Smyth (2&1), Cameron Davis (2&1) and Endycott.

Victoria also got themselves on the board with a 5.5-1.5 win over a valiant Tasmania. The Tasmanians took 1.5 points from the first three matches thanks to a win for Paul Read and a halve to Mark Schulze. The Victorians cruised through most of their remaining matches with wins to Brett Coletta, Zach Murray, David Micheluzzi, Cameron John and Kyle Michel.

The matches will continue this afternoon with SA vs Victoria, WA vs Tasmania and NT vs NSW.

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