A record 272 Competitors – the largest field in the event’s history – will tee off in the 2022 Srixon NSW Mid-Amateur Championship At Pacific Dunes and Horizons Golf Resort this Sunday.
And in a sign of how competitive the tournament will be, 58 competitors are on handicaps of scratch or better.
Defending Champion Chris Campbell of Port Kembla will be looking to make it four Mid-Amateur titles in a row.
Campbell’s first Mid-Amateur title back in 2019 was a return to his amateur roots following an accomplished professional career that included a win on the lucrative Japanese Tour and an appearance in the 2005 British Open at the Home of Golf, St Andrews.
His task to defend will be more challenging this year, with several accomplished players now eligible for the over-30’s championship.
One player making his debut at the event is Zac Mullins of the New South Wales Golf Club. Mullins is an integral member of the La Perouse Club’s formidable Major Pennant side, which claimed back-back Division I titles in 2018 and 19, and which last weekend also won through to the 2022 Division I Pennant final.
Several other past champions are also in the field next week, including Mark Boulton from Phillip Island in Victoria and Andrew Tharle from Royal Canberra. Two-time champion Boulton (VIC) was unable to play in 2021 due to border closures, while Tharle returns to the tournament for the first time in a few years.
Others in the field include Luke Arthur, who qualified for this year’s Golf Challenge NSW Open courtesy of his win in the Goulburn Cup, and
Camden Lakeside’s Jason Webb, who also qualified for the 2018 NSW Open via a regional Open.
In the Women’s, Merwether’s Stacie Macdonald is back to defend, but she will have competition from several players, including New South Wales Golf Club’s Gemma Dooley, who is looking for her fifth women’s Mid-Amateur Crown, and 2020 Champion Lucie Quilliam of Moore Park.
Bonville’s Adele Douglas, after being unable to defend her 2019 crown due to injury, is also playing next week.