New South Wales has won the 2019 Australian Boys’ Interstate Teams Matches following the final round of contests played this morning at the superb Sanctuary Cove Palms course. (Wednesday 17 April).
The Gold Coast turned on a picture-postcard blue-sky day for New South Wales to complete its 24th title win, albeit going down in the last round to the host’s, Queensland by three matches to two.
It’s the key moments that matter in golf, just ask the national champion New South Wales boys’ team.
The young Blues took their victory march this morning en route to the Junior Interstate Series crown at Sanctuary Cove, safe in the knowledge they couldn’t be beaten.
But as Queensland dealt arch rival NSW its first loss of the week in what was ultimately a dead rubber, it not only allowed the host to storm into second position, it highlighted the tight nature of the week’s competition.
Newly crowned Australian Boys’ champion Elvis Smylie led the way for Queensland today with a 4&3 win over NSW No.1 Harrison Crowe to wrap up a tight 3-2 overall win.
It capped a stellar fortnight for Smylie, who remained undefeated in the No.1 position for Queensland throughout the week.
Nevertheless, in winning six of seven overall contests, including a number of clutch matches along the way, NSW was a deserved champion. Queensland finished runner-up, half a contest behind, with South Australia third on countback over Victoria, both just one win behind Queensland.
A captivating week of interstate golf was reflected in the total individual matches won by the leading five States with NSW on 23 matches and fifth-placed Western Australia on 21.5.
Peter Ipkendanz, in his first victory as NSW manager, couldn’t have been more proud.
“After defeating Queensland on the last day last year but finishing second, this is so much better and I’m so pleased for the boys,” he said.
“All the players from all the states should be proud of their efforts as they fought hard to win matches, played great golf but did it in the most sportsmanlike manner. It’s great being part of something like this.”
In addition to Smylie, three other players were undefeated through the seven rounds – South Australia’s Nicholas Siegmund and WA pair Jordan Jung and Joshua Greer.
Jung, a member at Mount Lawley, remarkably trailed by a hole with one to play in his final match against Victoria’s Mitchell Crabbe today and faced a 30m greenside bunker shot on the par-five fourth hole, the pair’s last.
But the 16-year-old promptly holed out for eagle to square the match and achieve undefeated honours for the week as WA fought to a tight 2.5-2.5 tie with the Vics.
Golf Australia’s events senior manager David Greenhill paid tribute to both the City Golf Club in Toowoomba and Sanctuary Cove for providing immaculate courses for Australia’s junior talent to compete on this week.
Greenhill said all players and officials were glowing in their praise of the layouts and tremendous hospitality and support provided by the clubs.