Perry, Davidson win 2017 Riversdale Cup titles

Dylan Perry and Karis Davidson have taken out the Men’s and Women’s Riversdale Cup at Riversdale Golf Club in Melbourne.

Perry was nothing short of impressive on his way to a three shot winning margin over defending champion Harrison Endycott finishing at 15-under-par with rounds of 73-66-66-68 to collect his third national ranking event, adding to his recent wins at the Queensland and Victorian Amateur.

“It’s a satisfying win for sure,” said Perry. “It’s all settling in now, it’s been a great last 10 months to me really since the Queensland Amateur. This week I did not put myself into too much trouble and came out on top.”

Two consecutive 6-under par rounds had given Perry the Sunday buffer that he was after and the Musselbrook native came out firing in the final round with three birdies through the fourth to the sixth holes to give him a commanding lead after making the turn at 2-under.

“This is a course where you have to place the ball in the right spots and if you are going to miss a spot you need to be in the right spot as well. I played pretty well today and I played solid with only one bogey.”

Karis Davidson and Dylan Perry Karis Davidson and Dylan Perry with the 2017 Riversdale Cup trophies (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Perry certainly did play solidly, carding a back nine of 2-under with a tasty birdie on the last the seal the victory.

“It was a great result and I really enjoyed myself out there and getting that birdie on the last was very satisfying way to get the victory. I’m stoked.”

US Amateur Junior Champion Min Woo Lee proved why he is a player to follow as he blasted his way around the tight Riversdale layout with a sensational final round 7-under 65 to jump up the leaderboard to finish in outright third position at 11-under.

Another to make a late charge was Blake Windred carding a 4-under-par final round to finish in a share of 4th position at 9-under along with Haydn Barron from Western Australia.

The Women’s championship was a much closer encounter.

Gabi Ruffels, sister to touring professional Ryan, began with a three stroke lead and was in the box seat to secure her maiden main amateur title after Karl’s Davidson triple at the first. But Davidson, Australia’s highest ranking female amateur, rallied with five birdies over the next eight holes to make the turn at 2-under.

The Queenslander’s birdie barrage had an immediate effect with Ruffels making the turn at 2-over through costly errors with her putter seeing a four stroke swing at the turn.

Three late bogeys had Ruffels slipping down the leaderboard yet the Victorian managed to negate this with three solid birdies to card a 2-over-par final round to finish in third position.

Heading down the 18th, Davidson needed to snatch a birdie to miss a playoff with Japan’s Ayaka Furue who was playing in an earlier pairing and had finished at 1-under.

Davidson’s approach landed just six feet above the hole and a delicate downhill slider was nailed right into the heart of the hole to secure the victory.