Strong Field Set for Srixon Mid-Amateur Showdown

Kassidy Rogan
May 20, 2024

An impressive field of 220 golfers will descend on Wollongong Golf Club and The Links Shell Cove when the Srixon NSW Mid-Amateur begins this Sunday.
 
This year’s championship, which is also doubling as the 2024 Australian Mid-Amateur Championship, boasts an impressive 81 players on a handicap of scratch or better, with participants from every state in the country competing.
 
Among the top contenders is Andrew Kirkman of Kempsey, the 2023 NSW Country Champion and 2024 NSW Amateur runner-up.
 
Three-time winner Chris Campbell of Port Kembla is another notable in the field, having won the Mid-Amateur title back-to-back from 2019 to 2021. The former winner on the Japan Golf Tour could be hard to beat on two courses he is quite familiar with.
 
Both Kirkman and Campbell boast the lowest handicaps in the field at +4.5. 

Leading the interstate challenge will be Victorian Sean Klain (+3.4), Queensland’s Adam Hawkins (+2.8), and The ACT’s Adam Hayes (+2.4).
 
In the Women’s competition, Victorian pair Nadene Gole and Sue Wooster shape as two of the likely contenders.

Gole, who plays off a plus three handicap, claimed the NSW Senior Amateur crown at the same courses last year, while Wooster will be looking to add another NSW title to the collection of State and national crowns she already possesses.
 
New South Wales Golf Club’s Gemma Dooley is another key player. She will be chasing her sixth women’s Mid-Amateur title after victories in 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2022.
 
Past winners of the women’s title competing include Moore Park’s Lucie Quilliam (2020) and Moruya’s Collette Blacklock (2018).
 
Fifteen Illawarra locals will compete, including Colin Mitchell from the Links with a +4 handicap, fellow Links member Thomas Holz with a +2.8 handicap, and scratch markers Dylan Humphries of The Grange and Jane Wall of Kiama.
 
Unfortunately, last year’s champions, Cath Stolz from Shelly Beach on the NSW Central Coast and Queensland’s Damon Stephenson are not defending their titles, leaving the competition open for new victors.
 
The Srixon NSW Mid-Amateur will provide a welcome boost to the local visitor economy. Players and spectators are expected to stay a minimum of four nights for the tournament.
 
Golf NSW Events Manager Olivia Wilson highlighted the benefits of hosting an event of this scale in regional New South Wales, especially in the quieter, cooler months.
 
“The field is one of the largest we’ve seen, and hosting the tournament at two of the state’s best regional golf courses in such a scenic location like the Illawarra adds to its appeal.”

“I’m sure by the end of the tournament, we will have two worthy champions,” she added.
 

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