Future stars on show at Men's Interstate Matches
BY iseekgolf.com | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2006 Australian Interstate Teams Matches | General | 17 Sep 2006
Showcasing some of Australia’s finest young male golfing talent, the 2006 Men’s Interstate Teams Matches will be held at McCracken Country Club, South Australia, beginning Monday 18 September.
The event is a round robin match play tournament with each Australian state represented. A contest between two states includes four morning foursome matches and seven afternoon single matches. Each team is comprised of eight players.
In recent times, the event has been dominated by the eastern states, so this year the lesser populated states of Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania will be hoping for quality over quantity.
On paper, defending champions New South Wales, go into the event with a very strong team which includes four Golf Australia National Squad Members; Jamie Arnold, Tristan Lambert, Won Joon Lee and Tim Stewart. It’s envisaged that Western Australia will be their greatest challenger as the men from the West also have a very experienced line up.
Won Joon Lee, 20, from NSW has just been selected to represent Australia at this year’s Eisenhower Trophy in South Africa, is the current NSW Amateur Champion and the 2005 Korean Amateur Champion. Alongside him, Stewart is the current Australian Amateur Champion, while Arnold and Lambert have performed very consistently on Australian and International soils over the last two years.
Western Australia will be hoping their talent, combined with experience, will give them the edge. Their marquee player is Stephen Dartnall, who like Lee, has been selected to represent Australia at the Eisenhower Trophy. Dartnall is accompanied by fellow Australian Foursomes Champion, Rick Kulacz, who at the age of 21 is representing his state for the seventh time.
Players from other states attempting to lead their teams to victory include Andrew Dodt (Qld), who is a current National Squad member who represented Australia throughout 2005, Ashley Hall (Vic) who has won at both national and international levels, John Cassidy (Tas) who represents his State for the eighth time and Peter Cooke (SA) will captain his State with valuable home ground knowledge.
The Men’s Interstate Teams Matches will be staged from 18 to 22 September. The event offers a great insight into the future of Australian golf, where only just last year Michael Sim and Jason Day competed head to head. Both have turned professional since, where Sim was Runner-up in the 2006 Jacobs Creek Open and Day already making inroads on the US PGA Tour, tying for 13 place at the US Bank Championship in only his third start as a professional.
Being held at the same time and with a similar format to the Interstate Teams Matches will be the Interstate Colts Teams Matches, for teams of six, aged 18 to 23. These matches will be at played at The Links Lady Bay, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.
Source – Golf Australia