Players faced cold and windy Hobart weather at the 2019 Australian Interstate Series. With the mercury rarely rising into double digits, Puma Cobra Golf beanies and cold weather gear got a workout all week long.
After coming up short in the 2018 Final against NSW, our WA women were confident in competing with the country’s best women at the prestigious Royal Hobart Golf Club.
Kirsten Rudgeley (Mount Lawley) and team captain Kathryn Norris (Mandurah) looked to lead from the front in the team’s opening fixture against South Australia.
Unfortunately, a shock 3-2 loss wasn’t the start the team was looking for. The campaign got back on track during the afternoon round thanks to a strong 4-1 win over Tasmania.
With a finals place still a possibility, the contest against Victoria was a pivotal turning point of the championship. A late halved match was the death knell that all but ended a chance of back to back finals berths for the women.
Queensland and New South Wales proved to be too strong and the WA women crumbled to two disappointing losses.
Abbie Teasdale (Royal Fremantle) was the standout performer all week in the number three position, winning five out of six matches.
A fifth-place finish was a disappointing result for a women’s team that boasted a strong and experienced line-up.
After four consecutive years of fourth place finishes the WA men were keen to prove they belong at the pointy end of the interstate competition at the picturesque Tasmania Golf Club.
Haydn Barron led a fresh-faced team that boasted five debutants and a few experienced campaigners.
An opening contest against perennial contenders Queensland proved a tough encounter with the team falling to a 5-2 loss.
A second-round clean sweep of the Northern Territory helped the men’s team regain some confidence.
The men’s team avoided the coldest part of Wednesday thanks to a morning bye and then continued their winning ways into the afternoon thanks to a tightly fought 4-3 victory over South Australia.
The contest against Victoria, back-to-back winners, was always going to be a tough affair. The men started brightly and looked poised for a crucial upset until a couple of late losses allowed the Vics to run out 5-2 victors.
The contest against Tasmania was another tight battle. Final hole birdies from Josh Greer and Haydn Barron halved the contest and opened the door to a potential 3rd place finish.
Despite not being able to make the final, the men still had plenty to play for during Friday morning’s matchup with New South Wales.
The team saved their best golf for last and dominated NSW to win the contest (5.5-1.5).
Captain Haydn Barron capped off a fantastic week with a clutch 14-foot birdie on 18 to secure a 2up win and 5-1 record for the series.
Barron’s putt proved even more important as his match gave Victoria their 3rd consecutive interstate series win thanks to Golf Australia’s countback policy after the final ended in a 4-4 deadlock.
The men’s side should be extremely proud of their performance and third place finish. This is a wonderful result for a team with five debutants and the future looks set to be bright.