Perry returns to defend Riversdale Cup title

This year’s Riversdale Cup marks the 110th staging of the tournament making it as one of the oldest amateur golf tournaments in the world and a sought-after trophy by our elite amateurs.

The men’s and women’s event starts tomorrow at Riversdale Golf Club, a traditional parkland layout of classic design south east of Melbourne.

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

At 6027 metres, Riversdale is not overly long by modern day standards but a number of uphill holes along with its world-class greens adds to the challenge of this historic layout. The greens are the course’s strongest defence along with the tempting but dangerous short par 4’s where a player can easily rack up a number with careless course management.

Entries saw 120 men and 48 women in the field with the 36 hole cut at top-57 and ties for the men and top-25 and ties for the women to make the weekend.

Reigning men’s champion Dylan Perry has returned to defend his title and is coming off the back of a number of impressive finishes on the Australasian PGA Tour. Perry’s last victory was actually this tournament and he’ll be keen to repeat the same success having reached the rounds of 32 at the US and Australian Amateurs. Perry’s best performance over the last 12 months was a runner-up finish at the British Amateur last June.

David Micheluzzi, winner of this year’s Australian Master of the Amateurs in January, is another player to follow. Micheluzzi has been in the winner’s circle a number of times in the last 12 months collecting the Victorian Amateur, the Woodlands Open Amateur and was a finalist at the Australian Amateur in Perth.

Other notables include Zach Murray, Kiran Day, emerging young gun Josh Armstrong and seasoned amateurs, Charlie Dann and James Grierson.

I’d also keep a watchful eye on Nathan Barbieri, who has enjoyed a solid season locally being co-medallist at the NSW Amateur after making the round of 16 at the Australian Amateur.

In the women’s championship – Rebecca Kay, Doey Choi, Amy Chu and Aliza Hetherington are among the favourites to head the championship.

Last year Perry and Karis Davidson took out the Men’s and Women’s titles.

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 earlier wins at the Queensland and Victorian Amateur. Endycott has since turned professional along with Davidson.

Previous winners of the Riversdale Cup include Aaron Baddeley, Ryan Ruffels, Jake Higgingbottom, Brady Watt, Sarah Kemp, Whitney Hillier, Shelly Shin, Brendan Jones, Stephen Dartnall, Nathan Holman, Travis Smyth, and British Amateur champion Jin Jeong to name a few.