Big Mat walks in the Mid-Amateur champs

Sunshine Coast golfer Mat Walkenhorst has streeted the field to win the Queensland Men's Mid-Amateur Championship finalised on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Leading after a superb first-round one under 71 on the tough RACV Royal Pines layout, the 33–year-old Headland Golf Club member was never headed despite a rough and tumble second round that included four birdies, five bogeys and a double. But an even par 72 to bring it home this afternoon, after the three-over 75 on Monday, was his most consistent and enjoyable round of the three-day event.

Walkenhorst (218; 71-75-72) won by six shots from Murwillumbah’s Nathan Baker (224) with Mark Collins (North Lakes) third on 226.The Redcliffe duo of Steven Johnston and Dean Dunleavy shared fourth, with 227.

For the former Victorian who moved to Queensland three years ago for the ‘sunshine and the golf’, this was the biggest win of his career.

“This feels really good,” he said.

“I played well overall and the feeling of winning on a course that hosts the PGA championship is very satisfying. Obviously it wasn’t set-up as tough as it is for the PGA, but there was still a hint out there of what it must be like to play in those major tournaments.”

While Walkenhorst didn’t have things all his own way in any of the three rounds, he managed to find birdies when he needed them. A dozen – six on the first day – helped stem the tide when the pressure was building.

His 35 on the back nine today - one under par – was the most satisfying stretch of golf for the landscaper.

“I birdied the 10th and then had eight straight pars,” he said.

“To play that steadily, under pressure, was particularly satisfying.”

A capacity field of 224 contested the event, played at RACV Royal Pines on Sunday, yesterday and today. Morning and afternoon shotgun starts on all three days were needed to get the field away.

Golfers came from all mainland states with West Australian Golf Club members John Isaia and Sean Nivin, as well as Keysborough GC (WA) member Craig Wilkinson, travelling the furthest distance. A trio of Alice Springs golfers – Scott Fuss, Jason Howard and Andrew Rae – also supported the tournament, as did South Australians Wayne Thorborrow (Links Bay) and Chris Watson (Flagstaff Hill).

The Queensland Upper-Mid Amateur championship (44 to 54 years) was also held in conjunction. David Robinson from Lakelands (228) won the Upper-Mid title from Toowoomba’s Justin Shine (233).

Conducted annually by Golf Queensland, the Men's Mid-Amateur Championship is played over 54-holes, is a stroke event and open to golfers between 30 and 54 years of age. Any member of an affiliated golf club with a handicap of 18.4 or less is eligible to enter.

Thank you to sponsors RACV Royal Pines Resort, Coca-Cola Amatil, and Bushnell Golf for supporting the championship.

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