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Interstate Series Underway In Adelaide

Australia's leading word ranked amateur Minwoo Lee leads the WA side (Photo: Henry Peters)
The Australian Interstate Teams Matches for men and women - known as the Interstate Series - begins today in Adelaide with the men doing battle at The Grange Golf Club and the women competing at Glenelg Golf Club.

Both venues are considered amongst the very best in South Australia, fitting for an event which showcases the nation's premier amateur golfers.

The men’s contest is made up of all of Australia's States and Territories other than the ACT which, like the women’s contest, is incorporated into the NSW side while the women will not have representation from the Northern Territory.

Most of Australia’s greatest players have contested the Interstate Series: five-time Open champion Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Jason Day and seven-time major winner Karrie Webb all having represented their respective states before turning professional.

Many, irrespective of the heights they reach in the professional game, look back on their days playing the Interstate Series with some of their fondest memories in golf, the encounters providing a team aspect in what is an otherwise very individual sport.

Glenelg Golf Club is one of South Australia's most revered layouts.

Amongst the men’s sides in 2018, the leading players in terms of world amateur ranking are Minwoo Lee (WA), David Micheluzzi (VIC), Dylan Perry (QLD), Shae Wools-Cobb (QLD), Zach Murray (VIC) Charlie Dann (QLD) and Blake Windred (NSW).

The women’s field has been depleted in terms of strength by the involvement of several of Australia’s best in either collegiate golf in the US or at the Queen Sirikit Cup in Thailand, the latter of which appears an unfortunate clash given the significance of the Interstate Series in a young golfer’s career.   

In the men’s contest Victoria will look to continue their domination of the event in recent years having won the men's contest in three of the last four years and three of the last five in the women’s version.

Victoria's men were victorious 12 months ago at Melville Glades in Western Australia, defeating NSW 4.5-3.5 in the decider, while the Vics' women also survived a nailbiting final against NSW, prevailing 3.5-2.5 at Royal Fremantle.

The event is played over four days for the men and three for the women with the finals contested on Thursday (women) and Friday (men) after a series of round-robin match-ups.

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