Date: March 02, 2008

Boland pips challengers to win 50th Women’s Riversdale Cup

Julia Boland has written her name into the record books as the 50th winner of the Women&aposs Riversdale Cup, taking the title by just one shot from New Zealander Dana Kim in Melbourne. The 22 year-old from Pennant Hills held a slender overnight lead and posted a two-over 75, which was enough to hold on to win by the narrowest of margins. A solid par at the final hole of the championship was all Boland needed to post a four round total of four-under and receive the trophy from 90-year old Mrs. Dorothy Walkingshaw who won the title in 1960. In doing so, the New South Wales squad member etched her name on the silverware previously won by names including Nikki Garrett, Sarah Kemp, Lindsey Wright, Michelle Ellis and Dana Lacey. “It is a thrill to win such an important tournament,” Boland said, but stopped short of saying it was her biggest win to date. “I won the Lake Macquarie Amateur up at Belmont last month which was also a fantastic event, so how can you possibly decide between two awesome tournaments?” The 22-year old was sure about one thing though; being talked about among the same company as some of our nation&aposs best female golfers. “I know Nikki Garrett and Sarah Kemp well,” she said. “Walking into the clubhouse on the first day and seeing their photos on the way was really motivating. I really wanted to play well and I you always want your name on a trophy with those kind of girls.” It was a magnificent win by Boland considering the fact she was nursing a foot injury after a mishap whilst practicing at her hotel. “I was practicing chipping back at the hotel with some of the other girls and ended up with cut on my foot. The women at Riversdale were great and helped patch me up. “It stopped me from practicing on two afternoons and when teeing off in the second round, I really didn&apost think I would get through the turn. But I was fortunate and managed to get through it.” Dana Kim of Christchurch, New Zealand posted rounds of 74, 70, 72 and 73 to finish just one behind Boland while West Australian Kristie Smith, who led early, faded in the latter stages to finish outright third with 70, 73, 72 and 78. Local hope Stacey Keating was fourth after an even-par final round. Boland tasted dual success, also taking out the National Teams Event with partner Jessica Noh. Their final score of 590 eclipsed that of the second-placed Kiwi pairing of Penny Smith Dana Kim who posted a combined total of 601. Riversdale Golf Club is now gearing up to host the Australian Men&aposs Foursomes Championship in one week&aposs time followed closely by the prestigious Riversdale Cup. Click here to view a final leaderboard