Victoria dominates to win Interstate Teams Series
Victoria has completed an unprecedented clean sweep of the 2015 Australian Interstate Teams Championship titles at Huntingdale Golf Club with a triumphant 5&3 win over Queensland in the men’s championship final.
A day after winning the women’s Australian Interstate Teams Championship at Royal Melbourne and less than a month after winning the Girls’ and Boys’ trophies in South Australia, Victoria rides high on a wave of success and can arguably claim to be the ‘state of golf’ in this country.
With the Queensland team accounting for New South Wales, 4&3, in the round of 6 on Thursday, they slotted a prime position into the final.
All week the Victorians had been labeled the favourites and with good reason. Today the Victorian team bonded as a unit and never let Queensland into the final.
Ryan Ruffles playing number 1 for Victoria was nothing short of spectacular and is an exciting talent to follow. Taylor MacDonald could only watch as he fought tooth and nail in the top-order position. Ruffles was 10-under-par when he capped a sensational 5&3 win over the Queenslander.
The Victorian Men’s Interstate Team, winners of the Australian Interstate Team Matches (Credit: Anthony Powter)
But Ruffels, who also was a member of the winning Victorian Junior team and the reigning Australian Junior Amateur Champion, produced a game that you only see every so often. It was impressive stuff as the 17-year-old peppered the flag all day keeping MacDonald out of the match.
Ben Eccles, Victoria’s Captain, completed the series undefeated along with Western Australia’s Jarryd Felton and Queensland’s Blake Proverbs.
Felton completed a superb week with a 3&2 win over Australian Amateur champion Cam Davis in the No.1 slot following a superb collective 28-under-par for the tournament.
Playing a determined Simon Viitakangas, Eccles swapped holes throughout the day, making a superb recovery on the 18th to get the square and secure victory for the Victorians.
Brett Coletta at number 3 for the Victorians played brilliantly and clawed his way back into his match against Jake McLeod to secure a 3&1 win and is another talent to follow.
Proverbs secured a 2&1 win over Frazer Droop with David Micheluzzi claiming a solid 5&4 win over Jack Sullivan.
Thomas Power-Horan was too strong for Anthony Quayle winning 5&4, whilst Queensland’s Shae Wools-Cobb at number 8 accounted for Andrew Schonewille, 2&1.
In the consolation matches, New South Wales ensured it finished third with a hard-fought 4½-3½ win over Western Australia.
In the playoff for fifth, South Australia breezed past Tasmania 6-2 with Antonio Murdaca winning the top match against Greg Longmore 2&1.