State Amateur Champs Heading to Tamworth

David Tease
July 31, 2023

Golf NSW will take three significant State Amateur Golf Championships to Tamworth for the first time beginning in 2024 after securing a partnership agreement with Tamworth Region Council.

Heading to the region are the 2024 NSW Men’s and Women’s Senior Amateur, the 2025 SRIXON Mid-Amateur and, in 2026, the time-honoured NSW Country Championship.

Tamworth Region Mayor Mr Russell Webb was thrilled to announce the partnership, which should boost the region’s visitor economy and highlight the area’s sports tourism potential.

“Bringing Golf NSW championships to the Tamworth region for the next three years will be a substantial boost for our city’s economy of over $300,000,” said Tamworth Region Mayor Russell Webb.

“I’m very excited to welcome Golf NSW and their competitors to our region, which will benefit local businesses and tourism, and put Tamworth firmly on the map for golf enthusiasts and visitors alike.”

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Golf NSW Senior Regional Manager Mark Ingrey, left, Olivia Wilson, General Manager – Events and Tamworth Region Mayor Russell Webb.

The NSW Senior Amateur and SRIXON Mid-Amateur should bring over 200 players, partners, and officials per event to the region for around four nights, while the NSW Country Championship will see over 150 golfers and officials descend on the city for three nights.

Entrants in the Senior and SRIXON Mid-Amateur championships come from all over Australia. In recent years several international competitors, notably from New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States, have made the journey to compete.

The NSW Country Championship will see around 120 of the sport’s best and brightest talent from regional NSW compete for one of the most keenly contested trophies on the men’s State Golfing Calendar.

Past winners of the NSW Country Championship include several names who have gone on to win major professional events in Australia and overseas, including Brett Ogle, Peter O’Malley, Brendan Jones, Nathan Green and Dimi Papadatos.

Olivia Wilson, General Manager – Events at Golf NSW, said the three tournaments always attracted strong fields with several competitors travelling great distances to participate.

“The NSW Senior Amateur Championships and the Srixon Mid-Amateur are a highlight of the golfing year for many competitive golfers, and with the number of visitors staying multiple nights, it will be a boon for the Tamworth region.”

“Interest in the events has grown post-covid, and the growing number of interstate and overseas competitors taking part is very pleasing.”

Ms Wilson added that the excellent location and quality of the courses chosen to host the Championships would induce golfers to participate.

“Tamworth and Longyard Golf Clubs are renowned for being exceptional courses,” Ms Wilson added. “Both courses will be challenging to the players, and I have no doubt we will see some worthy winners prevail.”

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