SA shares title in Golf Australia Junior Interstate Series

Congratulations to Glenelg Golf Club Junior’s Lachlan Barker, Jackson Kalz and Ben Layton for winning the 2016 Golf Australia Junior Interstate Series with the SA team.

South Australia and New South Wales are the joint boys’ Junior Interstate Series champions after a pulsating final round at Ulverstone, Tasmania.

Only a series of clutch one-putts from the young New South Welshmen prevented the SA boys from winning alone after a day in which three states thought the trophy was going their way.

South Australia and New South Wales had already fought to a tense halved match on Tuesday, but that was nothing compared to what unfolded after the SA boys romped past Northern Territory 5-0 to ensure that calculators were needed.

It’s South Australia’s third win in 11 years and NSW’s fifth in that time span.

South Australian manager Christian Puccini was equally gobsmacked by the turn of events, but was exceedingly proud of his team that fought back after an opening 4-1 hammering by Queensland to play the rest of the week unbeaten.

“Last year we started with two losses and didn’t lose again after day one, so this year we were keen to get a good start but came up short again,” he said.

“But the guys regrouped and did really well after that – they never got down about their chances … and I’ve never seen a tighter group.

“Watching Lachy Barker and Jackson Kalz go so well in the (Australian Junior Championship) last week, it really gave the boys confidence they could mix it and that we had the players who could do the job.

“We had some solid players, but anyone who was down one day played well the next day, so we managed to have three or four in form each match and the guys all picked up straight after they had a bad one.

“It’s a fantastic result for the state – an awesome achievement for these fellas, they’ve been training hard and they’re a top bunch of kids. To see them winning is a proud moment.”