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Victorian Women win third Interstate title in five years

Victoria celebrate their victory (Photo: Golf Australia)
Victoria has won the Women’s Interstate Teams Matches at Royal Fremantle Golf Club in Perth, overcoming NSW in the Thursday final but only after a tense battle which ended when Gabi Ruffels defeated Hannah Park 2&1 for Victoria to win the encounter by 3½ to 2½.

Victoria and New South Wales had warmed up for the afternoon decider by winning their morning rounds against Western Australia and Queensland respectively but the two sides, which had recorded the same amount of points in the round robin series, were very evenly matched in the final.

Victoria finished atop the points table in the round robin series, having defeated NSW by a similar margin to that of the final when they met in round robin.

In the final, all six players in each team would take to the Royal Fremantle layout as opposed to earlier matches where only five of the six-player teams played in each encounter.

Things were locked at 2½ points each before Ruffels holed the decisive putt at the 17th and the title was Victoria’s [Video: Twitter (Golf Australia)].

And as cool as the other side of the pillow, @GabiRuffels wraps it up! @Golf_Vic is #IntSeries champion! pic.twitter.com/lQQiv9K4rr

— Golf Australia (@GolfAust) May 11, 2017

Ruffels is, of course, the sister to highly-talented Australian professional Ryan Ruffels.

Her match had been tight all afternoon, Park fighting back from an earlier deficit to square the match at the turn before Ruffels edged ahead and then won with a par at the 17th.

Park though had produced a miraculous long bunker shot at what would be the last hole which she went so close to holing and keeping the match alive.

It was not to be however and the Victorians celebrated their third Interstate series win in five years.  

In the Men’s version at the Melville Glades Golf Club, defending champions NSW have made it safely through to Friday's final to face either Victoria or Western Australia in the decider.

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Bruce Young
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