DRAMA has filled the final day of the Australian Boys’ Interstate Teams Championship at Ulverstone, with New South Wales and South Australia declared joint winners.
The two teams finished on top of the ladder with 5.5 points each and also shared identical 23-12 match records to give the event its first tie since 2000.
Queensland started the final day in the box seat to claim its second title in four years, needing only to halve its match against defending champions Victoria.
But the Victorian’s were keento not give up their title without a fight, and flew home over the final three games to win 3-2.
South Australia then entered calculations with an emphatic 5-0 win over Northern Territory, leaving New South Wales wanting a 4-1 over Western Australia to win the title outright.
They looked on track when Joshua Gadd and Corey Jones kept their unbeaten records at the event intact, but then hit a hurdle when WA’sCooper Geddes defeated Jordan Garner 1-up.
The win looked even tougher when captain Jason Hong went 1-down against Fred Leewith two holes to play, but Hong rallied, squaring the match on the second-last hole with a birdie.
Hong then scrambled superbly to save par on the last hole to leave the match all-square.
This left the outcome of the championship hanging on the final match between NSW number one Jay McKenzie and WA ace Ben Ferguson.
All tied up: The NSW and South Australia teams who jointly won the Australian boys’ interstate team title. Picture: Golf Australia
SA captain Lachlan Barker chips on to the green during the championships.
The pair entered the final hole with McKenzie 1-up, but Ferguson piled on the pressure with an approach to three metres, while McKenzie’s approach was on the fringe, six metres away.
But McKenzie was up to the challenge, curling in his birdie putt and sending his team into euphoria before everyone became aware that there were joint winners.
It’s South Australia’s third win in 11 years, and NSW’s fifth in that time span and also gave NSW a winning double after their girls team were victorious at Devonport on Tuesday.
Tasmania weren’t able to add to its solitary win,going down 3-2 to the ACT in a tight contest on the final day.
Elijah Stanley was the only winner for the hosts, withBrady Ludbey, and Gus Burrellhalving their matches.
Joel Lunson went down 5 and 4 to Joshua Armstrong, and Thomas Rehrmann lost 3 and 1 to Lachlan Bill.
Earlier, Queensland started well against Victoria thanks to Chris Jimenez and Lochie Coleborn.
But the Victorians bounced back whenToby Walker won 3 and 2 against Louis Dobbelaar, before Matias Sanchez and Cameron John left Queensland just a half-point short of the title.
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