Interstate: Sparkling Win Sets Scene for Future Success

The Blues 2024 Australian Interstate Teams title has come to an end at Southport Golf Club.

With little more than bragging rights on the line against Western Australia in the last contest of the 2024 Interstate series, the Blues put on a sparkling display, running out winners, 5 1/2 to 2 1/2.

Rachel Lee of Avondale delivered a standout performance, securing a commanding 6/5 victory, one of the most impressive winning margins of the week.

Another squad rookie and the nominal women’s number one, Ella Scaysbrook, has earmarked herself as one of the country’s future stars. With the scalps of Australian representatives Caitlin Pearce (SA) and Justice Bosio (QLD) to her name this week, the diminutive 18-year-old from Newcastle rounded out her series with a 2/1 win over another highly credentialled player in Abbie Teasdale.

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Future: Ella Scaysbrook and Amy Squires were all out for a fun final day at Southport Golf Club

Team Co-captain Annika Rathbone grabbed a morale-boosting 2/1 win to round off her week on a good note. It was a timely result for Rathbone, who had entered the week full of confidence after her undefeated performance in 2023.

“We had a bunch of great new additions to the team this year,” Rathbone said following her win.”But we also learned a lot about teamwork and bonding being the keys to success.”

Rathbone added that although the team was young and still learning, not making the finals was disappointing after last year.

“Our age and inexperience were both strengths and weaknesses this time, but we’ll be ready for the challenge in the next couple of years.”

“They’ve learned what it means to be a New South Wales Blue and what it’s going to take for them to get even better in the next year or two.”

Rathbone made special mention of her co-captain, Jye Pickin, in his last appearance in State colours before he takes up membership of the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia.

“Picko’s been a great captain for everyone. I wish him all the best for his future.”

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Unlike the women, the men found the spirited competition from their Western Australian opponents a far more demanding task. 

With the contest’s result not bearing on the standings, three of the matches ended in hard-fought halves. Jye Halls proved to be the man of the moment, however, with a handy 5/3 win over Joe Buttress.

Playing in the final match of the contest, Jye Pickin had the chance to finish his NSW interstate career with a win, but a testing four-footer on the last to claim the match one up just slid by.

The Novocastrian wasn’t too phased by the miss, nor did it stop his teammates from giving him a final send-off shower of water anyway.

Signing off on his state team years, Pickin said the week had been a highlight of his golfing career to date.

“I hope I’ve shown these guys here what being part of this team means.

“We’ve got a lot of young players who are eager to prove themselves, but it’s important they understand the sacrifices and hard work they need to make that come with being a part of Team Blue.”

“Like those names that went before me, I’m looking forward to watching the development of this lot and where they head in their careers.”

“They will earn a lot from this week, and I know they will come back fighting next year.”

*Note: Queensland and Victoria fought out the 2024 final, with Victoria proving too strong with a 6-2 victory.

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