The Western Australian Men’s and Women’s State Teams will ramp up their preparation for May’s Interstate Series with the annual Pros v Amateurs event at Royal Perth this Friday.
After such success from the returning event last season, the women will return to the traditional rivalry, with an ALPG team taking on the stars of WA.
The Men’s side will face a star-studded PGA outfit – including 2017 ISPS Handa World Super 6 Champion Brett Rumford and NSW Open winner Jason Scrivener on April 6th.
The event will be easily accessible to the public with free entry for the day. The morning tee time will be 7.00am, with the afternoon set to commence at 11.15am.
The PGA squad are set to fly in from around the world to partake in the show- piece event, as the professionals look to defend their title after a narrow victory last campaign.
Queensland PGA winner Daniel Fox will be eager to impress for the side, with Jarryd Felton also suiting up after returning from a stint in New Zealand earlier in the year.
Min Woo Lee and WA Amateur winner Kiran Day will provide plenty of resistance for the WA team, with Lee taking down Rumford in the corresponding fixture in 2017.
Josh Greer has returned from the Major Champions Invitational where the young Joondalup product represented Team Scott in Florida and will play against a side that holds more than 20 professional titles.
The Men’s side is still searching for their first Interstate Series win since 1999, a team that Rumford and Scott Strange were both a part of.
The ALPG side boasts the likes of veteran Shani Waugh and Nadine Smith, while WA Amateur Champion Abbie Teasdale and Kirsten Rudgeley will lead the WA charge.
Junior State Team captain Maddison Hinson-Tolchard will be missing from the exciting affair, with Yeah-Jin Lee getting her first taste of state golf.
Breanna Gill, Bree Turnball, Bronte Colbert and Nicole Martino will make up the rest of the ALPG side for Friday.
GolfWA High Performance Coordinator Fritz Arnold believes the exhibition event is the ideal preparation for Adelaide, with many youngsters excited about the prospect of facing their idols.
“This year we have both our Men’s and Women’s Team taking part, which is incredibly exciting. Both Teams are looking forward to the Interstate Series in Adelaide in May, but I’m certain they’ll be relishing the chance to take on some of WA’s best professional golfers at Royal Perth.”
“Given the level of competition expected from their Interstate competitors, the PGA/ALPG Teams they’ll be facing will be a great test against quality opposition.”
“Our Men’s team went down last year at Melville Glades, and I’m sure they’ll be looking for redemption this year. The match play format of the exhibition event, there will be some quality matches to come and watch across the day.”
“Not only will it be great practice and preparation for both of our teams going forward, but they can also test themselves in this unique competitive environment.”
The Interstate Series will take place in South Australia at the prestigious Grange (Men) and Glenelg (Women) Golf Clubs, with the competition beginning on May 8th.
Western Australia will be attempting to recapture the title last won in 2014 by the Women, with that team including current LPGA Tour members Hannah Green and Minjee Lee.
PGA: Brett Rumford, Jason Scrivener, Daniel Fox, Jarryd Felton, Michael Long, Scott Strange, Rick Kulacz, Brody Martin.
WA Men: Min Woo Lee, Kiran Day, Hadyn Barron, Josh Greer, Fred Lee, Cooper Geddes, Ben Ferguson, Connor Fewkes
ALPG: Nadine Smith, Breanna Gill, Nicole Martino, Bronte Colbert, Shani Waugh, Bree Turnbull
WA Women: Kirsten Rudgeley, Abbie Teasdale, Kathryn Norris, Yeah-Jin Lee, Georgia Shears