Date: February 24, 2010

Speechley wins Riversdale Cup

Talented West Australian golfer Jessica Speechley took out the 52nd Women’s Riversdale Cup International amateur golf tournament today on the second play-off hole. The State representative defeated Courtney Massey, of Queensland, after a tight struggle throughout the final day s play in the 72-hole championship in Melbourne. Both shot two under par final rounds to tie the leadership at one under ahead of second round leader Ashley Ona, of Queensland, who took out third position square with the card. Elle Sandak, NSW, came home in fourth position at plus two and defending champion Ashlee Dewhurst, of Tasmania, finished tied fifth with Carly Beck at plus 7. A superb approach shot onto the par four 18th, left Speechley with 1.5 metres putt to take the title after Courtney failed to sink a difficult 7 metres putt. Speechley said after her win: I was missing so many putts, but the birdie on the 16th tied me for equal first and put my mind set on to staying calm and steady. This allowed me to attack the pin on the last play-off hole. Junior golfer Rachel Korevaar, of Victoria, stole the headlines for part of the day when she holed out on the par 3 third hole.