24 Feb 2012
Riversdale Cup champion Whitney Hillier.
Western Australian and Joondalup member Whitney Hillier has won the Women's Riversdale Cup by four strokes in Melbourne.
Overnight leader Emily Perry, who went into the final round with a two shot lead, got off to the perfect start when she made birdies at the second and the fifth to extend her lead to three shots.
But she dropped a shot at the eighth and couldn’t match the onslaught from Hillier who managed four birdies in the final five holes of the front nine.
From there the Western Australian had the momentum and she went onto make birdies on 12 and 14 to take control of the tournament.
She dropped a shot at the 17th but the damage was done and she clinched the title by four from Perry and National Squad member Su-Hyun Oh.
Perry was disappointed to shoot a one over par 74 in the final round compared to Hillier’s five under 68 to claim the title.
“I played really solid and I feel like I didn’t do much wrong but she just played better, which is hard to take,” said the 21-year-old Perry.
“My goal at the start of the week was to finish in the top three so I guess I am happy with that but obviously it would have been nice to win.”