Jake Riley and Western Australia’s Abbie Teasdale are the 2023 Concord Cup champions after a thrilling conclusion to the event on Saturday.
Riley, from Toronto Golf Club, shot 66, 72 and 70 to finish the 54-hole tournament at five-under, a shot clear of Concord’s Blake Phillips, who stormed home with a 66 – the equal men’s low round of the week.
The Novacastrian was four-over through five holes in the final round but managed to fight back with a birdie at the ninth and another birdie at the 11th before he surged out in front with an eagle at the par-four 13th and back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th.
The victory is Riley’s first in a World Amateur Golf Ranking event and another career milestone in what is developing into an impressive amateur journey.
Riley was selected as a member of the 2023 NSW Junior Team for this year’s interstate matches. He made headlines in 2019 when he earned a start at the NSW Open as a 14-year-old, courtesy of a chip-in birdie at the final hole of qualifying.
West Australian Teasdale produced 68, 73 and 70 to finish 11-under par and win by four shots from Concord local Belinda Ji and The Australian Golf Club’s Charlotte Perkins.
The Royal Fremantle member’s opening round was the lowest women’s round of the week, and her composure across the next 36 holes – which included three back-nine birdies in the final round – showed why she had been selected to represent Australia at the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific in Singapore next month.
The win is her first of the calendar year. It continued her good results from last year when she won the English Women’s Amateur Championship and the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s 72 Hole Classic and finished runner-up at the Victorian Amateur.