Junior Interstate: Blues Start Strong

The NSW team kicked off their 2024 Australian Interstate Series Matches in style, securing victory against their Victorian rivals in the boys, girls and overall divisions.

The Blue’s teed up at Royal Fremantle Golf Club yesterday afternoon following a bye in the morning.

The girls secured a 2.5-1.5 win, led by the remarkable 13-year-old Camilla Kim, who clinched her first-ever interstate victory with a stunning performance against Jessica Zhu.

“It was my first match and my first interstate win, so it feels really good,” she said.

“This experience just really means a lot. It’s really big for me and to be part of a really good team with really good people is amazing.”

Meanwhile, in a display of determination, Amy Squires, Rachel Lee, and Sophie Eppelstun battled to halve their matches, with team captain Eppelstun reflecting on the rollercoaster.

“I think I had a lot of good holes. I think I had some pretty mediocre holes too, but overall I’m just happy I was able to clutch up in the end, as well as the other girls in the team” she added.

“I told the team this morning to ‘start hot, stay hot’ so hopefully we can stick with it and repeat.”

On the boys’ front, the team took down Victoria 3-1. Sam Cascio and Kayun Mudadana sealed the deal with thrilling wins on the final hole, marking a solid start for their interstate debut.

Cascio, fresh off his Australian Junior Championship win, expressed satisfaction with his performance.

“I played pretty average until the last four or five holes and I had a few birdies coming in, so it was good to finish like that.”

Mudadana, also a debutant, said the first day had been fun and he was happy to walk away with a win.

“It wasn’t great until like the last 9, but then I just focused a bit harder and played a bit better,” he said.

The ACT team faced formidable challenges, with a morning clash against Queensland resulting in a hard-fought 2-6 loss. However, the boys rallied, with Nathan White and Harry Whitelock delivering commendable victories.

White won his match against Wesley Hinton 2&1, and Whitelock against Chase Oberle on the last hole.

In the afternoon, the South Australian team proved too strong for the ACT contingent as they were defeated 8-0.

Boys captain Whitelock said the team were in good spirits in the morning, but the heat and the hilly terrain of Royal Fremantle took its toll by the afternoon.

“It was a long day. I played well this morning but not this afternoon unfortunately,” he said.

“Matchplay is so different to Strokeplay. It’s one hole at a time and everything is so dependent on what your opposition does so having a good attitude and not giving up is really important.”

Despite the afternoon setback against South Australia, team manager Andrew Welsford commended his squad’s resilience.

“All of our players showed some really great, positive energy. We were excited, nervous, had all the emotions going this morning but I’m really proud of our achievements,” he said.

“We lacked a little bit of energy this afternoon in our matches but we had a good debrief this afternoon and we’ve reenergised ourselves and were looking forward to the next couple of days.”

“Our goals are to take down some of the big fish.”

With NSW currently in 3rd place overall and the ACT in 6th, both teams prepare for their next matches. NSW will go up against South Australia this morning and Queensland in the afternoon, while the ACT gears up to face Victoria before their scheduled bye.

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