NSW & ACT Junior State Teams Selected

Kassidy Rogan
February 19, 2024

Twenty promising juniors are set to proudly represent New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) at the upcoming Australian Junior Interstate Teams Matches in Perth this April.

In the NSW Boys Team, Toby Farrar of the Australian Golf Club returns for a second consecutive series. He will be joined by debutants Samuel Cascio (The Australian), Harry Gourlay (The Australian), Kayun Mudadana (NSW GC), and Vidur Subramaniam (Ryde-Parramatta).

The NSW Girls Team comprises of Rachel Lee (Avondale), Sophie Eppelstun (Catalina), Camilla Kim (The Australian), Amy Squires (Concord), and Lara Thomsen (The Australian). 

It is the third selection in the NSW junior state team for Lee and Thomsen, while Eppelstun earns her second nod. 

Amy Squires and Camilla Kim are the team debutants. Both performed exceptionally well during the summer selection phase.

Harry Whitelock (Royal Canberra), Nathan White (Yowani), Callan Robertson (Federal), Hunter Caldwell (Cooma), and Blake Jones (Royal Canberra) will represent the ACT Boys Team. 

While the first four have previous experience in the ACT junior state team, Jones joins for the first time.

The ACT Girls Team features Kortni Houston (Gungahlin Lakes), Madison Hood (Gungahlin Lakes), Sophia Chau (Gungahlin Lakes), Taylor Hood (Gungahlin Lakes), and Sia Taylor (Royal Canberra). 

Houston, Chau, and Hood return to the state team, while Sia Taylor and Taylor Hood bring fresh perspectives as newcomers.

Tahnia Ravnjak Stalker and Heath Canning will manage the NSW teams, while Tanya Smith and Andrew Welsford will oversee the ACT teams.

The junior interstate teams’ matches will take place at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club from April 15 to 18, with teams vying for three trophies: Boys, Girls, and the overall team Championship.

Khan Pullen, the High-Performance Manager at Golf NSW, expressed his excitement in unveiling the teams.

“Each athlete chosen has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication, truly earning the opportunity to showcase their talent while representing their respective NSW and ACT teams,” he said. 

The Junior Interstate Teams Matches will follow the Australian Junior Amateur Championships held this year at Gosnells Golf Club in Western Australia from April 9 to 12th.

The Australian Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur are played over 72 holes stroke play with a cut after 54 holes.

The 2024 champions will likely receive exemptions into the respective men’s and women’s Australian Opens.

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