Teeing off in the toughest of the blustery early morning conditions, Commonwealth Golf Club’s 15-year-old Cameron John finessed his way to the first round lead of the men’s Riversdale Cup with a three-under 69.

He leads a group of four players, including clubmate Lucas Herbert, Grange’s Jack Williams and Matthew Lisk and Travis Smyth from NSW, by a shot.

John heads a 127-strong field comprising last year’s men’s Cup winner, Victoria Golf Club’s 16-year-old Ryan Ruffels, (three-over), with current Australian Amateur champion, Cameron Davis, from Sydney’s Monash Country Club a further shot back.

Given the conditions, John, who is a student at Rowville Secondary College, showed remarkable poise and confidence around the challenging Riversdale layout.

At the completion of his round, John said that, despite the conditions, he felt he could have done better.

After the first round, Singapore’s Jen Goh, highly fancied Julienne Soo, from Woodlands, and the current U.S. junior girls’ champion, Princess Mary Superal,with one-over 74s, head the women’s Riversdale Cup field of 41 players.