Date: March 11, 2008
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Scott Arnold beats the heat to win Riversdale Cup

Scott Arnold led wire-to-wire to win the prestigious Riversdale Cup after a playoff against Victorian Kieran Pratt. The pair was deadlocked on 15-under par but it was the AIS Squad member who prevailed after just one additional hole. The mercury hit a scorching 39 degrees as the field battled through the warm and windy final round at Riversdale Golf Club on Melbourne&aposs Labour Day long weekend. Arnold played his way to a one-under 71 which was in turn trumped by Pratt&aposs 70, leaving the pair atop the leaderboard at 15-under, four strokes clear of Brendan Smith and Rhys McGovern who finished tied for third place. It didn&apost take Arnold long to claim the trophy and write his name on the honour roll alongside fellow winners Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley; both who went on to capture multiple Australian Open crowns. A little under a year ago, the 22-year old from Cronulla Golf Club finished runner-up to compatriot Andrew Dodt in a playoff at the Australian Amateur Stroke Play Championship at New South Wales Golf Club. His undoubtedly used this past playoff experience go one better and get him across the line at Riversdale. The bulk of players now head west for the Mandurah Easter Amateur in a fortnight before ramping up preparations for the 2008 Australian Amateur Championships in Adelaide. Click here for full coverage of the Riversdale Cup.