Amateur golfers offered shot at $1 million in Outback Queensland Masters
It’s time to sharpen your golf game ahead of this year’s Outback Queensland Masters.
OUTBACK QUEENSLAND MASTERS COVID-19 UPDATE:
Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have forced organisers to cancel this year's Outback Queensland Masters golf series.
Golf Australia Queensland State Manager Luke Bates said the event had been rescheduled for next year.
“It has been a decision we delayed as we investigated opportunities to stage the event,” Mr Bates said.
He said events like the Outback Queensland Masters were a lifeblood for many regional communities as they created an important economic boost for businesses and services.
Mr Bates said confirming the event had been rescheduled brought some hope for the future prosperity of those communities.
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A sports series unique to Queensland returns this year with more prizes on offer.
The highlight of the Outback Queensland Masters is the $1 million hole-in-one prize at the final stop of the series, Longreach.
Each of the other events which make up the Outback Masters this year will also feature $10,000 hole-in-one challenges.
Other stops on the June-July schedule include Biloela, Charleville, Quilpie, Blackall and Hughenden.
The Outback Masters was held last year for the first time by Golf Australia with the support of Tourism and Events Queensland.
Golf Australia’s Queensland State Manager Luke Bates expected this year’s series to build on its first-year success.
“It’s an event that is very unique to Queensland,” Mr Bates said.
“I have had a look around and I can’t find anything like it anywhere in the world.
“At the final last year in Mount Isa we had about 80 to 90 players and around 60 on average at each of the events.
“We think we are going to go better this year.”
To be eligible for a shot at the $1 million prize in Longreach, golfers must have played in at least two of the earlier events.
The first five events are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with nine holes on each day. The Longreach event will be held from the Friday to Sunday with the $1 million dollar hole-in-one shootout on the final day.
The events will also include dinners under the stars featuring high-profile entertainers which last year included popular Queensland duo Busby Marou and country singer Melinda Schneider. This year’s entertainment schedule is still being finalised.
Free golf clinics will be held in conjunction with the six events for local juniors to learn from PGA professional Darren Weatherall.
Mr Bates said the Outback Masters was a great experience for players and made a welcome contribution to the host clubs and their communities.
“We had a lot of positive reaction from the clubs last year,” he said.
“It’s pretty good, unique fun and the people out there are such characters.
“It really is the ultimate 2020 golfing odyssey being Australia’s most remote golf series spanning an epic 1600km across Queensland’s outback.”
Mr Bates said the series was in the middle of a three-year partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland with hopes it would continue to grow and become self-sustaining in the future.
Go to the Outback Masters web site for more information or to buy player and spectator passes. The passes include breakfast, lunch and dinner under the stars with entertainment.
2020 Outback Masters schedule:
- Biloela, 20-21 June
- Charleville, 27-28 June
- Quilpie, 4-5 July
- Blackall, 11-12 July
- Hughenden, 18-19 July
- Longreach, 24-26 July