Date: March 04, 2010

Jager among challengers for Riversdale Cup

Australia s top ranked amateur golfer Matt Jager, of West Australia, is seeking to add another national title to his name when the Riversdale Cup International gets underway at the Riversdale Golf Club on Friday. He is in a top field of future stars from 12 nations taking part in the 115th championship, including the USA, England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, China, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. New Zealand s top ranked amateur Ryan Fox, the son of former All Back, Grant Fox, is also in the field along with two-time Arizona state champion Peter Croonquist; England s 2009 Strada Hampshire Open winner Neil Raymond; and 2007 British Boys championship runner-up Fraser Fotheringham, of Scotland. Jager is coming off a stellar 2009 having won the NZ Amateur Championship and finishing the best of the Australians in the Scottish Stroke Play Champinship and then setting a course record 66 in the opening round of the British Amateur Championship in Liverpool. He unfortunately bowed out in the third round of Match Play. The inform Cup holder Jordan Sherratt also has his sights firmly set on becoming the first man to successfully defend his title since Robert Allenby in 1990 and 1991. Sherratt goes into the championship in strong form having taken out this year s Master of the Amateur s title last month and tying for fifth place in the Lake Macquarie International at 6 under. Victorians Luke Bleumink and Ashley Umbers are also strong contenders, having won the Australian Men’sFoursomes Championship yesterday at Riversdale. Fellow Victorian Kieran Pratt also is on everyone s radar, coming into the event with a record breaking win in the Lake Macquarie International at 21 under par. He also took out the Dunes and Victorian Medals last year along with the Victorian Amateur Championship. The Riversdale Cup is the nation s second oldest amateur golf tournament and is a must-play championship for selection into the Australian team. The winner gains entry into British Amateur Championship and the Victorian Amateur, as well as points for entry into the European Amateur Championship and towards the Mark H McCormack Medal. The Medal is presented annually by the R&A to the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.