Date: March 08, 2010

Jeong birdies way to Riversdale victory

Victorian Jin Jeong took out the 115th Riversdale Cup International today by three strokes with a near flawless final round including eight birdies. He battled out the lead for much of the day with fellow Victorian Luke Bleumink before birdies on the 17th and 18th assured him of his second national title within a month. Korean born Jeong came home with a seven under par 65 to record the best round of the day and to take the title at 14 under the card. He now heads for the Australian Amateur in Perth on March 18 where he is aiming to add another national title event to his Riversdale Cup and his Tasmanian Open of three weeks ago. Jeong said after the round that it was not until after his drive on the 18th that he thought he had the historic Cup in his bag. Bleumink drove into the greenside bunker and playing partner Ashley Umbers of NSW put his drive through the back of the green. Bleumink carded a 68 for outright second at 11 under and Umbers a two under 70 for third position and 9 under for the 72 holes. South Australia s Alex Hendrick took out fourth position with an even par round to finish eight under the card for the tournament. Singaporean Zhiqun Lam was the best of the internationals at minus 5 and tied for 6th place while England s Neil Raymond tied in ninth spot at minus 4 along with defending Riversdale Cup champion Jordan Sherratt, of South Australia, and Jordan Zunic, of NSW. Jeong s win gives him 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. Jeong s only flaw in today s round was a bogey on the par four 10th hole. He opened the tournament with a two under 70 and followed it up with a 71 on the second day in one of the worst weather day in the Cup s history with hail and rain battering the course. In the rain soaked third round, Jeong stepped up his game to record a 68 and went three strokes better today to put him amongst the elite in amateur golf in winning the Cup.