Kay cruises to Women’s Riversdale Cup win

Rebecca Kay secured a five stroke victory over New Zealand’s Caryn Khoo and Victoria’s Jessica Pickwick to claim the Women’s Riversdale Cup in Melbourne.

Kay fired rounds of 72-74-74-75 to finish at 3-over to add another national ranking title to her resume after recently collecting the SA Amateur Classic and the Queensland Amateur stroke play titles.

Starting the final round with a clear lead over the field, Kay produced some stunning golf during the opening nine making the turn at even par to keep her distance from her nearest rivals. By the back nine, her rivals were effectively playing for second place and Kay ensured a string of pars over the closing holes would deliver the victory.

“Like it was super tough out there today,” said Kay.

Rebecca Kay Rebecca Kay (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I was not thinking about what the other girls were doing and I had to stick with what my game was doing. I was playing really well, I had a few bogeys towards the end as the pins were so tough and I so glad that I took away the win.”

Kay’s ball striking was simply impressive and she packs a punch when it comes to distance off the tee.

Riversdale is not an overly long layout for the women and whilst Kay certainly had length off the tee advantage, she also produced an impressive display of mid-iron ball striking and clutch putting.

Kay’s game continues to go from strength to strength after being elevated in 2015 to the Golf Australia National Squad. The 19-year-old has featured particularly well when taking on the professionals with solid finishes at the Ladies Masters at Royal Pines and a number of other ALPG Tour events

“I’ve learnt a lot from all my experiences in playing pro tournaments,” said Kay.

“I made the cut at the Vic Open so I know what it’s like to get into contention with some really good players, so I’ve learnt to to stick to my own game and that you cannot determine what anyone else does. That really helped me today.”

Kay often engages the services of her father, Scott, to carry the bag in the bigger events and the duo were together at Riversdale.

“I hit a lot of fairways this week at Riversdale,” said Kay.

“My ball striking was good and I saved myself a little with my putting. But really we were getting our yardages right and that helped my scoring.”

Kay’s immediate plans are to focus on a number of world amateur tournaments in the UK and US, with the objective to secure a world ranking event.

“I’ll be going over to the UK and US for some trips and playing some world amateur ranking tournaments and see how I do there. This year I’m looking forward to it and feel my game is there to make a challenge.”

Victorian’s Aliza Hetherington and Alice Fan rounded out the top-5 placings.