Jeong wins Riversdale Cup
BY Anthony Powter | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2010 Riversdale Cup | Round Four | 08 Mar 2010
Jin Jeong has won the rain disrupted Riversdale Cup with a 14-under-par total and a three stroke winning margin over fellow Victorian, Luke Bleumink.
Jeong, winner last month at the Tasmanian Open, started the final round in a share of 4th position after earlier rounds of 70-71-68 and an impressive closing round of 7-under-par, 65, separated Jeong from the closing day pack to secure his second main Australian amateur event title in as many starts.
“I’ve been more conservative with my game of late,” said Jeong, 20, in a tournament that was plagued with the notorious bad weather that lashed the Melbourne metropolitan area over the weekend.
“This is my biggest win ever. I was a little lucky with my tee times and was able to get all of my second round in before the weather delays. I’ve played a few times in these conditions back home in Korea, so I felt kind of comfortable during the final round with dealing with the conditions.”
Gavin Fairfax, the overnight leader moving into the final day, was unable to capitalise on his opening rounds of 69-71-67, eventually closing with a 6-over-par, 78. The defending champion and recent winner of the NEC Master of the Amateurs, Jordan Sherratt, had a respectable top-10 finish with a 4-under-par total, while Ashley Umbers was two strokes behind Bleumink, at 9-under-par to finish in outright 3rd position.
With two wins in as many starts Jeong’s world ranking has now climbed to 16 and continues to climb with the Australian based South Korean recording all top-20 finishes in his seven main Australian amateur events he’s so far played this season.
“I’ve being making a few changes to my game with my coach at Waverley Golf Club, Trevor Flakemore,” says Jeong.
“Later in the year, I plan to go to the UK to play the British Amateur and hopefully I will get a start at the St Andrews Links Trophy a few weeks before the Amateur. Then I’ll go back to the US and play their tournaments.
Jeong in Australia has also featured prominently in main Australian events over the last few years. Whilst his father remains in South Korea, Jeong has the support of his mother, Young-Hee, and is currently based at Mt Waverley, a seven iron distance from his victory at Riversdale Golf Club.
“It’s been great to play the Australian events and to compete against the strong fields here in Australia,” says Jeong.
“I’ve got the Australian Amateur to look forward to next in Perth. I’ve not seen or played the courses, so it should be interesting. I’m putting really well lately, so hopefully I will go ok.”
Jeong has certainly being doing “ok” in recent times.
In December 2008, Jeong won the Victorian State Amateur Medal by a stroke, again holding off a determined Luke Bleumink after he started the final round with an eight stroke lead. Jeong’s current best international performance is a tied 4th at the 2008 Sunnehanna Amateur in the US. At last year’s Australian Amateur Stroke Title Jeong finished runner-up to Bryden Macpherson, after a birdie at the first play-off hole gave the title to Macpherson when both players finished at 7-under-par.
Jeong’s win at Riversdale opens up doors with a guaranteed start at this year’s British Amateur Championship and he will certainly be a major force this month at the Australian Amateur Championships in Perth, which commences the week of 17 March at Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe and Mt Lawley Golf Clubs.