Date: May 20, 2007

Queensland going home with Gladys

Queensland has won the 2007 Women&aposs Interstate Teams Matches with a victory over fellow title contenders Western Australia on an exciting final day at Barwon Heads Golf Club. Despite bleak and dreary conditions on Victoria&aposs Bellarine Peninsula, the two teams put on a contest fitting of a championship decider. Needing to win the day, to win the series, the West Australians started positively with a square and a win in the morning foursomes. Australian Amateur Foursomes Champions Rochelle Miles and Stacey Shanahan were held in check by Bree Arthur and Courtney Massey but Kristie Smith and Whitney Hillier managed a 3/2 victory over Cecilia Nha and Sheree Hasson to give their state the edge heading into the singles. Queensland&aposs Katrina Jones put the contest back on level terms with a 1up victory over Shanahan which placed the pressure back on Western Australia. Hasson then stepped up to do her bit for the sunshine state, holding Hillier to a square and it all came down to Miles who needed to defeat Massey to keep her state in the hunt. Sadly for Western Australia, Miles was only able to manage a half which was enough to hand Queensland the title. Nha then overcame Sharon Dawson to begin the Queensland celebrations and Bree Arthur completed the triumph, emphatically claiming the last two holes against her National Squad team mate, Kristie Smith to win her match 2up. “I&aposm a little emotional actually,” said Queensland Manager Jo-Anne Atkin. “We came down with no expectations and no pressure to perform and it&aposs a wonderful feeling to see the girls get up.” Atkin praised the attitude of her players and their ability to function so well together. “This week was definitely a team effort. We trusted everybody in their respective positions and then trusted them to go out and do the job. “Western Australia was putting a bit of heat on in the morning but we stuck to our game plan and sent the same five players out and just told them to go out there and enjoy it.” The win was Queensland&aposs first since 2002 when they claimed the title at Royal Adelaide. Meanwhile New South Wales managed to steal second spot on the table with their clinical win over Tasmania. The Blues claimed both foursomes matches in convincing style before going on to claim all but one of the singles. Laurie Chew claimed the sole point for the Apple Isle, defeating National Squad member Frances Bondad 2/1. Victoria defeated South Australia by two points in today&aposs other match. The teams split the foursomes before the home state took control in the singles with wins to Stacey Keating, Grace Lennon and Clare Choi. Kate Combes squared with Samantha Holt whilst Stephanie Na triumphed over Australian Amateur runner-up Emma Bennett 2up. Gladys Hay&aposs nephew, Mr Peter Hay, was on hand to present the trophy to the triumphant Queensland team. The 94-year old is the longest serving member at Barwon Heads Golf Club having been on the books for 80 years. Golf Australia thanked Barwon Heads Golf Club for giving up its beautiful course to stage the event. The club was incredible supportive in securing caddies for the girls. The gracious hospitality and immaculate course presentation contributed to an outstanding week of golf. The Men&aposs Four Nations Cup gets underway on Wednesday, also at Barwon Heads Golf Club. The best amateur men from Australia, Japan, Canada and New Zealand are set to battle it out in what promises to be another exciting tournament. Round 5 Results Australian Women’s Interstate Teams Matches Barwon Heads Golf Club, Victoria Queensland 4 d. Western Australia 2 Foursomes: Rochelle Miles & Stacey Shanahan (WA) squared Bree Arthur & Courtney Massey (QLD) Kristie Smith & Whitney Hillier (WA) d. Cecilia Nha & Sheree Hasson 3/2 Singles: Bree Arthur (Qld) d. Kristie Smith (WA) 2up Cecilia Nha (Qld) d. Sharon Dawson (WA) 6/5 Courtney Massey (Qld) squared Rochelle Miles (WA) Sheree Hasson (Qld) squared with Whitney Hillier (WA) Katrina Jones (Qld) d. Stacey Shanahan (WA) 1up Victoria 4 d. South Australia 2 Foursomes: Emma Bennett & Grace Lennon (Vic) d. Stephanie Na Jovanna Bozanic 4/3 Clare Choi & Jody Fleming (Vic) lost to Ebony Heard & Louise Glennon (SA) 2down Singles: Emma Bennett (Vic) lost to Stephanie Na (SA) 2down Kate Combes (Vic) squared Samantha Holt (SA) Clare Choi (Vic) d. Ebony Heard (SA) 2/1 Grace Lennon (Vic) d. Jovanna Bozanic (SA) 4/3 Stacey Keating (Vic) d. Cara Guest (SA) 1up New South Wales 6 d. Tasmania 1 Foursomes: Julia Boland & Sunny Park (NSW) d. Sarah Griffiths & Abbey Gibbens (Tas) 5/3 Helen Oh & Emma De Groot (NSW) d. Laurie Chew & Jessica Oakes (Tas) 6/5 Singles: Frances Bondad (NSW) lost to Laurie Chew (Tas) 2/1 Helen Oh (NSW) d Jessica Oakes (Tas) 4/3 Rebecca Flood (NSW) d. Sarah Griffiths (Tas) 3/1 Emma de Groot (NSW) d. Abbey Gibbins (Tas) 4/2 Julia Boland (NSW) d. Sarah Johnstone (Tas) 4/3 Final Standings Queensland 10 points (23 matches won) New South Wales 7 points (22 matches won) Western Australia 6 points (20 matches won) Victoria 5 points (20 matches won) South Australia 2 points (14 matches won) Tasmania 0 points (4 matches won)