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Australian Mid-Amateur: Ashleigh Arnold and Adam Hawkins easily win the titles
Ashleigh Arnold and Adam Hawkins (Golf Australia Photo)
Ashleigh Arnold and Adam Hawkins (Golf Australia Photo)

Ashleigh Arnold from Bonnie Doon in Sydney went back-to-back while Queenslander Adam Hawkins won his first Australian Mid Amateur championship in Perth today.

Arnold dominated the women’s event, shooting rounds of 83-75-77 to shoot 16-over and win by 17 shots at Hartfield Golf Club.

Hawkins, from Sanctuary Cove, had a tougher assignment, carding consecutive rounds of 73 to win the men’s by five shots from Royal Fremantle’s Adam Hatch.

For Arnold, it was the fulfillment of a year-long dream since she won the Mid-Amateur at Bribie Island in Queensland last year.

“I’m super-excited that I managed to win again this year,” she said. “It was a goal of mine to go back-to-back, so I’m happy that I put it together.”

Arnold bounced back from a difficult first round. “I’m glad I bounced back quickly and played a bit more solid the last two days.”

She will have a chance to make it a hat-trick next year when the championship moves to Wollongong and Shell Cove. “I can sneak down and have a practice round, and I look forward to it.”

Hawkins, who went top-10 in the Mid-Amateur in 2022, said his diligence had been worthwhile.

Hawkins shot 3-over with rounds of three rounds of 73 to win the championship by five shots.

“It feels good,’’ he said. “I’ve put a lot of work into my game so it’s nice to get something out of it.”

He was returning from a broken wrist sustained at the start of August.

“As soon as I did it, I looked at the schedule and decided this would be the event I’d try and get back to full playing capability for,” he said. “I’ve put a lot of time in the gym and it’s paid off.”

The event was played in conjunction with the WA Mid-Amateur Championship and the pair were also awarded those championships.

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The Australian Men's and Women's Mid Amateur Championships have been played since 2007. The Championships are played over 54-holes stroke play, and are for players aged 30 - 54 years.

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