Shannon Matthews chases professional golf career

IN ACTION: Kimba golfer Shannon Matthews is beginning a professional golf career. Photo: Supplied.
IN ACTION: Kimba golfer Shannon Matthews is beginning a professional golf career. Photo: Supplied.

Kimba golfer Shannon Matthews will be chasing his childhood dream of professional golf in 2020 on the back of a successful 2019.

Matthews found his passion for the sport at the Kimba Golf Club at the age of 12, winning the club's A grade championship by age 14.

At 17 he moved to Adelaide to pursue the sport after travelling thousands of kilometres to play throughout his teenage years.

A painter by trade, Matthews continued to play golf at an amateur level at Grange and Tanunda Pines golf clubs.

A year ago he moved back to Kimba with his family and he has been going from strength to strength on the golf course ever since, representing Tanunda Pines in the Mid North Simpson Cup team and later participating in the side's 2019 SA Country District Pennant victory.

Matthews also had plenty of individual success in 2019, claiming the SA Country Championship and going on to represent Country SA in a win against Country Victoria at Nhill.

Matthews said while the extra travel to play across the state was a challenge it also made him nostalgic for the travel he did as a junior.

"It's been like being a kid again," he said.

"It makes you appreciate it too."

Matthews said he had also enjoyed the opportunity to play for his childhood club again, winning the 2019 A grade Champion of Champions and EP Sandgreens at Kyancutta representing Kimba.

Despite the additional travel Matthews said his golf was the best it had ever been which had encouraged him to make the move to professional golf.

"I've always wanted to do it since I was 17," he said.

"Life's a bit more settled now... it's now or never."

He said the biggest challenge now was financial, and he was seeking sponsorship both locally and nationally to fund travel and entry to 2020 Australasian PGA season events.

Matthews' 2020 season kicks off in early February as he heads to Geelong for the Vic Open.

This story Now or never for golf star first appeared on Eyre Peninsula Tribune.