April 16, 2024

Fresh Faces Named for 2024 Aussie Interstate Series

A mix of fresh faces and seasoned competitors will represent the NSW Blues in their quest to defend their Australian Interstate Teams title in May.

With 2022 NSW Open Champion Harrison Crowe and The Australian Golf Club’s Jeffrey Guan joining the pro ranks, and Charlotte Perkins and June Song at College in the US, a new-look squad has been named by Golf NSW for the series at Southport Golf Club.

The 2024 NSW team is:

Men
(Player Bio linked to name)

Women

Team managers for this year’s series are Mr Michael Medway and Ms Olivia Wilson. 

O’Donovan will begin his second series in NSW Blue after a standout summer, including victories in the 2024 NSW Amateur and WAGR-ranked Avondale Amateur.

Last year’s winning team captain, Jye Pickin, will be looking to sign off on his amateur career with a second state crown before his imminent departure to the professional ranks.

Joining the team this year are debutants Jye Halls, who claimed the 2022 NSW Country Championship, 2022 NSW Junior Champion Coby Carruthers, and St. Michael’s stalwart Jeff Pullen, who again impressed with his semi-final finish in the just completed NSW Amateur at Belmont.

The women’s squad is no less talented, with three future starts set to make their debut.

Avondale’s Rachel Lee and The Australian’s Annika Rathbone will lead a much younger women’s squad that includes Newcastle teenagers Ella Scaysbrook and Amy Squires, with 17-year-old Batemans Bay star Sophie Eppelstun rounding out the selection. 

Rachel Lee, 16, shot to fame over the Australian Summer when leading the women’s Australian Open after the opening round in December. Rathbone represented Australia for the first time at the just-completed Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship.

Scaysbrook, 18, the current NSW Junior Champion, impressed many with her 21st-place finish against some of the world’s best females at last year’s Australian Open.

Squires, 17, had a breakout summer of golf, which included a third-place finish in the NSW Amateur and 10th in the Australian Amateur.

Eppelstun, also 17, had an impressive summer, with a third-place finish in the NSW 36-hole strokeplay championship at Belmont, and a 4th place at Avondale. The Batemans Bay local proved her matchplay credentials in last year’s Junior Teams Matches, finishing the series undefeated.

The Lakes-based professional Earl McGlinn, will coach the team for the first time.

McGlinn, 36, is no stranger to high-performance golf, having worked alongside some of the state’s brightest talent in his role at The Lakes and as a Jack Newton Junior Golf State Development Coach.

In addition, McGlinn has helped shape the careers of several of the state’s best, working as a caddy for the likes of Dylan Perry (Japan Tour) and Grace Kim, who has now established herself on the LPGA Tour.

Graeme Phillipson, Chief Operating Officer at Golf NSW, said the group selected had distinguished themselves well over the past year.

“This team is an impressive mix of experience and up-and-coming talent; all with bright futures in front of them.

“For some of the older heads, it could well be their last year in state colours, and they will want to leave with a series victory, but for the debutants, it may well be the start of a special part of their golfing journey that they will remember for a lifetime.”

IMAGE: (From Left) Annika Rathbone, Ella Scaysbrook, Amy Squires, Jeff Pullen, Jye Pickin, Declan O’Donovan, Jye Halls, and Coby Carruthers. Missing: Sophie Eppelstun & Rachel Lee

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