#IntSeries: It & # 039; s all come blue

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The winning NSW team is jumping with joy.


New South Wales is Australia's champion women's team for the second consecutive year.

They were hot favorites when the week started and the women in blue played exactly those expectations in the final at Royal Hobart, and beat Queensland with 5.5-0.5 to win the Gladys Hay Memorial Cup they won in Adelaide last year.

Led by undefeated co-skipper Doey Choi, who rushed home to halve her epic struggle with Queenslander Cassie Porter, the NSW women simply would not be denied.

From the first game, won in 14-year-old Sophie Yip in stoic style with five consecutive halved holes to finish and salute 1-up, to Choi in the number 1 slot machine, they were at the top of their game.

Co-skipper Grace Kim was five under when she overthrew a brave Issy Taylor 3 & 2, Steph Kyriacou made six birdies in defeating Queensland skipper Dee Dee Russell 4 & 2 and Kelsey Bennett made five of her own in beating Lisa Edgar 5 & 3.

And last year, winning skipper Amy Chu won her best for the last time after making a hasty trip back from her American collegiate base in Washington to Sarah Wilson 2 & 1.

"We are very proud of our team," said Choi.

"Having the most girls of last year makes it feel a lot better that we can do it again."

Grace, Australia's best ranked amateur who also dropped eight birdies in the 13 holes she played earlier in the day in the last preliminary game, said the loss to Victoria on the first day had been significant

"It got us going. It's only the first race, so it didn't hurt us (eventually), but it got us going and where we are now," said the Olympic Youth Champion.

Choi was 3-down by 12 in her game at No. 1 against the impressive Porter, but told Caddy Graeme Phillipson, with whom she has a substantial winning streak rolling, that she would make four birdies in her last six holes to dig herself out of that hole.

While the news went on to see Choi's success from her teammates, instead of relaxing in an imminent team glory, this only fueled the Concord member's determination.

Certainly, a fourth birdie of 5 meters on the 18th green was enough to halve her competition and keep her unbeaten streak.

"I didn't lower the team and didn't go off without a fight," said Choi.

"So I just gave everything I had … and here we are."

And here it looks good if you wear blue.

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