Champions Rebecca Kay (L) and Jack Thompson (R)
(Golf Australia Photo)
ST. JOHN'S WOOD, Australia (March 11, 2018) - Jack Thompson didn't play his best golf on Sunday in the final round of the Australian Riversdale Cup but his 1-over 73 was more than enough to finish 14-under and as the five-stroke winner over 9-under William Heffernan.
After playing electric golf over the course of the first three days at Riversdale Golf Club (69-64-68) Thompson played a steady round of golf on the final day to pick up his first career Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com title.
Thompson began the round with 11 consecutive pars before double-bogeying the 12th for his his only double of the week. However, Thompson would quickly rebound rolling in a birdie on the 13th before parring to the house.
For the week Thompson's best golf came between No. 6-12 playing the stretch in 9-under.
Heffernan, the first round leader, tried to mount a charge and was within three shots after a birdie on No. 8 but two bogeys and no birdies followed the rest of the way as he signed for a 2-over 74.
Matias Sanchez was third at 8-under, Douglas Klein took fourth at 7-under while Nathan Barbieri and Zach Murray were 6-under in fifth.
In the Women's Division Rebecca Kay finished 1-under and as a five shot winner as well. Playing Riversdale Golf Club as a par-74 layout Kay tallied scores of 72-74-74-75.
Caryn Khoo and Jessica Pickwick were 4-over in second while Alizza Hetherington and Alice Fan shared fourth at 5-over.
THIRD ROUND RECAP
With one round remaining the lead at the Australian Riversdale Cup belongs to Jack Thompson. Playing at Riversdale Golf Club Thompson is 15-under and four shots clear of day one leader William Heffernan.
After a first round 3-under 69 Thompson made a big move with a second round 8-under 64 on Friday. Thompson was even-par through five holes before birdieing five straight and six of the next eight. Overall he played the final 13-holes in 8-under.
Thompson, who shared third at the Avondale Amateur Medal earlier in the year, continued his strong play in the third round carding a 4-under 68 that included seven birdies and three bogeys.
For the week Thompson's best golf has come between No. 6-12 playing the stretch in 11-under.
Heffernan sits in the second spot at 11-under, the 9-under Douglas Klein is third while Zach Murray and Nathan Barbieri share fourth at 7-under.
ABOUT THE Riversdale Cup
Australia’ second oldest amateur 72-hole golf
tournament is The Riversdale Cup. It is one of the
highly participated events in the Australian amateur
golf calendar. More than 250 men and women from
around the world compete in the event each year.
hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36
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