Queensland Win Interstate Series

Queensland successfully defended their Interstate Series title with a 7.5-4.5 victory over Victoria in the Australian Men's Interstate Teams Matches at Royal Perth Golf Club.

Tim Hart lead the Queensland challenge remaining undefeated in the series. Hart accounted for Geoff Drakeford, 2&1, in the singles after combining with Daniel Nisbet to defeat Nathan Holman and Drakeford, 3&2, in yesterday's foursome finals.

Queensland progressed to the championship final by pipping Western Australia by a match after the sides finished equal on 2.5 contests won.

Victoria were the top seeds winning four contests with 25 matches to qualify for the championship match, with Nathan Holman one of the team's standout performers in these series.

Holman's victories included a 3&1 win over Australia's top ranked amateur, Matt Stieger, a 5&4 drubbing of Daniel Nisbet and a 2&1 win over Ryan McCarthy.

With Victoria in second place, third went to Western Australia who narrowly beat South Australia 6.5 to 5.5 in the first consolation final for third and fourth place.

In the second consolation final between New South Wales and Tasmania, the New South Welshmen prevailed 8-4 to finish in fifth place ahead of Tasmania.

South Australia's Jarrad Roxby (Flagstaff Hill), playing number 5, was the only other undefeated player for the series.

The Interstate Series each year provides a showcase for emerging Australian talent as our top amateurs play for not just State, but individual pride. The results of numerous singles matches were particularly interesting from these Series.

As side from Hart's and Holman's stellar wins over highly ranked players like Stieger and McCarthy, Cameron Smith secured solid wins over Jake Higginbottom, 3&2, and Todd Sinnott, 3&2.

These individual results will have the Australian selectors sharping their pencils and it throws into the mix a new wave of top amateurs like Holman, Smith, as well as Todd Sinnott who came from an impressive recent US amateur tour to play in these series.

With the Asian Amateur a few weeks away it will be interesting to follow the progression of the Australians as they begin the rebuilding process towards achieving relevance on the world amateur stage. Bryden Macpherson recently placed us on the map winning the British Amateur, yet Macpherson is US based and has accessed the benefits of the US Collegiate system.

At present there is no Australian inside the world's top-10, which is a worrying statistic given the years that we have had at least one player inside that ranking. Stieger currently sits number twelve with Macpherson eighteenth to be the only two inside the top-20.

We are seeing the emergence of players like Holman, Smith, Higginbottom and Sinnott, who we will rest our hopes towards becoming a stronger amateur force, not just in the Australasian theatre, but hopefully overtime on the global stage.

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