Date: January 16, 2008

Queensland wins Girls’ Interstate Series after thrilling finale

Queensland was made to sweat right until the very end but emerged as winners in the 2008 Australian Girls&apos Interstate Teams Matches at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane. Taking a slender overnight lead into the final round, the home side had to defeat Victoria in order to secure the title, which was a tough ask against a solid team that was playing for pride. Grace Lennon got the Vics off to a good start with a 1up victory over Ellesha Michie before Christina Mew extended her unbeaten run to square the ledger with a 3&2 win over Catherine Odgers. When Emma Jackson beat Katelyn Must 4&3 to put Victoria ahead, the hosts were just one loss away from letting the title slip through their grasp. However Jacki Marshall saluted 6&5 and Ashley Ona prevailed 1up in a thrilling 18th hole finish to give Queensland a 3-2 overall win and the title. Ona&aposs four-foot final putt made the difference as she helped her state over the line. New South Wales defeated South Australian to finish second, but level on match points with the winners. Had Queensland lost or squared either of their final two singles matches, the final result would have gone in favour of the New South Wales team. In the day&aposs other contest, Western Australia finished strongly to record a 4-1 win over Tasmania. Whitney Hillier once again proved she is one of the most talented prospects in the country, winning her match 2&1 to remain undefeated all week. Jovanna Bozanic of South Australia and Jacki Marshall of Queensland were the other two players to achieve this feat. Golf Australia wishes to thank Nudgee Golf Club and in particular General Manager Max Mason, President Very Smerdon and Course Superintendant David Brashfield, Course Superintendant. Golf AUstralia would also like to thank Golf Queensland Rules Officials Tony Rollins and Carmel Smith for assisting with the event, as well as all of the players, coaches and managers who competed in good competition and spirit throughout the week. Click here to view the final leaderboard