Kyle Michel is one talented individual — but showed his worth in a team setting as his Victorian side took out the Australian Men’s Interstate Series at The Grange Golf Club on Friday.
It was the second straight year the Big V had taken out the title with the 21-year-old Shepparton export a member of both sides, in an event which pits the nation’s best amateur golfers against one another.
The Victorian side lost just one of its preliminary matches on its way to the final, Michel said.
‘‘We got a good start, we beat Northern Territory and New South Wales on Tuesday, beat Queensland on Wednesday and then Tasmania on Thursday before we lost to South Australia, the host state,’’ Michel said.
‘‘We had to beat Western Australia on the Friday morning to make the final and it was a nail-biter, but we got there.’’
As if nails were not already trimmed enough after the Western Australia showdown, the final produced an even more nervous finish.
Victoria’s David Micheluzzi was able to produce on the final hole of the decider to earn his state the crown.
‘‘David is a really good mate of mine, and it was quite nerve-racking watching him,’’ Michel said.
‘‘He had a putt to win it on 17 he wouldn’t normally miss, but the pressure got to him a bit, but he was able to finish it off the next hole.’’
In terms of personal form, Michel said while he’d struggled at times through the week, he’d found top form in the tournament’s clutch moments.
‘‘I had a good start and won my first match, but I struggled a bit all week,’’ he said.
‘‘I was able to get a crucial half on Friday morning and won in the final, which turned out to be one of the pivotal points.’’
Next on the agenda for Michel is a trip to Britain before ducking across the pond in what could be a pivotal trip career-wise.
‘‘I’m heading to Scotland in June and then going to the US for July and August,’’ he said.
‘‘I did the same trip last year, so I’m pretty well prepared and I’m really looking forward to it.
‘‘I just want to get my ranking down as much as possible and win as many tournaments as I can.
‘‘I’m at a stage in my career where any tournament I’m in I should be in contention to win it.’’