On Friday 15 April 2016, Jill Spargo officially opened the Australian Girls Interstate Teams Series for 2016. Jill made special mention of the inclusion of the new Composite Team in the competition, and the contribution Northern Territory, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory have made in creating this opportunity for the girls. The Composite team were seeded 5th in the competition ahead of South Australia. This ranking was based on the aggregate of the rankings of team’s players from the Australian Junior Ranking Systems as at 16 March 2016. The team asserted their place in the competition early and continued to have strong performances by all girls throughout.
In round 1, Composite came away with a 3/2 upset win over Western Australia. The team showed they were no pushover and the major players of QLD, NSW and VIC could not be complacent and underestimate their strength. Both Chloe and Amber had tough matches at No. 1 and No. 5, however the rest of the team were able to bring in the win.
Round 2 saw Composite meet Victoria and Chloe took it to the Victorian number 1, Alizza Hetherington finishing 1 down in a very tight match. Amber played No. 4 position in this match and was again met with very strong competition.
Round 3 and a very tough match against the red hot favourites, Queensland. Unfortunately Composite were not strong enough and lost this match 4.5/0.5. The failure of Queensland to make a clean sweep of the points in this game would be something they would regret later in the tournament.
Round 4 Composite again struggled under the strength of New South Wales, managing only one squared match. The matches were very close though, and Chloe lost 2/1 in the end against Celina Yuan, the 2015 Girls Australia Amateur Champion. Celina finished the tournament undefeated. Round 5 and Composite return to their winning form posting a 4/1 win over South Australia. Unfortunately Chloe was not able to card a win during the tournament and Amber sat out of this game to caddy for her team-mate, Zahara Lemon.
Overall, the Composite Team finished in 4th position, with 2 wins and 10 games, ahead of Western Australia with 1 win and 9.5 games and South Australia on 0 wins and 2.5 games. Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria all finished with 4 wins, however, New South Wales accumulated 19 games ahead of Queensland who had 18.5. A very close finish, highlighting the need to never give up. Both Chloe and Amber have had an experience of a life-time and the quality of their golf game has already improved as a result of the experience. Both girls thanked those who have supported their campaign and are very appreciative of the opportunity. Thank you to Golf Australia, Golf NSW and the CSGA for bringing to fruition these opportunities for the girls.
Further detail of the tournament can be found at:
Mention of the Composite Team in the results article – CLICK HERE
Full results of the week – CLICK HERE