PHILLIP Island golfer Mark Boulton has taken out the South Australian Men’s Mid–Amateur Championship, which was played recently at Links Lady Bay Golf Club.
Mark, a member of the Phillip Island Golf Club, adds this title to a long list of impressive wins including both the Victorian and New Zealand Mid-Amateur Championship titles this year.
“It was a bit of a ploy to play these events this year through recommendations from a few other guys and I’m soon up to Queensland again to play the Australian Mid Amateur,” he said.
Mark is competing for the Australian Mid-Amateur championship on the Gold Coast at Arundel Hills Golf Club.
He will be playing for the national title, of Australian champion mid-amateur golfer.
The South Australian Men’s Mid–Amateur Championship attracted its strongest field to date of 64.
Mark won in a playoff.
“The plan was to try and hit four under to get into contention; it all sort of rolled along,” Boulton said.
“In the playoff, I just tried to keep steady and stick to the same plan, hit to the right spots and you should be okay. It all came good.
“The course was really fantastic, awesome, you just have to keep it in play and have good positioning around here,” Boulton added.
“I’m ecstatic to win. I only came across this event at the last minute when entering the Aussie Amateur. I was really happy with the way it went.”
Speaking at home on Phillip Island last week, Mark has thanked the many people who have supported his amateur golfing career, starting with wife Pauleen and sons Max and Cameron.
He particularly thanked the South Gippsland District Golf Association for its continued and valued support.
Mark is a Bass Coast Shire employee, working in the Parks Unit.
He plays golf at Phillip Island, and also competes regularly across Victoria.
He is competing individually this year in the Ivo Whitten trophy event, a competition that runs all year and incorporates various golf clubs’ open amateur events.
He is currently running in 10th place.
Playing in a minimum of 24 events each year, against a field which includes state and national representatives, the golfer with the best player average takes out the annual trophy.