The official tee off of the 2021 Outback Queensland Masters took place over the weekend from the Biloela Golf Club for a chance to win a $10,000 hole-in-one as part of this 1,900km golfing odyssey which culminates with a million-dollar hole-in-one opportunity in July.
“Competitors from every corner of Queensland, from the Tropical North to Coolangatta have travelled to Biloela, and from all over Australia, including New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania,” said Luke Bates, Queensland Manager, Golf Australia. “This year’s event has also attracted players of all ages from 14 years to 84 years”.
Australia’s most remote golf tournament, the Outback Queensland Masters is the richest amateur prize pool in the world. Travelling to five more locations with $10,000 hole-in-one challenges, and then onto the million-dollar hole-in-one challenge in Longreach during July.
In a rare and unusual sight, the landscape and golf course in Biloela reflected recent rains, where the greens are actually green. Golfers will be challenged from the greens of Biloela and Charleville through to the red soils of Quilpie, then onto Blackall, Hughenden and the famous outback “sand greens” of Longreach golf course.
The Biloela tee-off included hot favourite, Kirra White of Mount Isa who has hit five (5) hole-in-ones at the Mount Isa Golf Club, and the tournament’s youngest player, Dallas Douglas who hails from Charters Towers.
“The Biloela event winners – Val Garrett of the Biloela Golf Club and Fred Taylor of the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club were awarded the coveted orange jacket,” said Luke Bates. “We’re looking forward to the rest of the tournament with many of the competitors also vying for the million-dollar hole-in-one challenge.”
“It’s been so wonderful to welcome visitors to Biloela and our region,” said Mayor of Banana Shire, Cr Neville Ferrier. “It’s great to see how far people have travelled and we hope they enjoy their stay and explore through the Sandstone Wonders”.
“The Outback Queensland Masters concept is presented by Golf Australia and partnered by Tourism & Events Queensland and the PGA,” explains Luke Bates. “This initiative is to encourage visitors to spread the economic benefit to as much of the outback as possible, while experiencing some incredibly unique locations, golf courses and Outback Queensland hospitality.”
As a community give-back PGA Pro, Darren Weatherall held free Junior Golf Clinics, giving local kids the opportunity to try their hand at golf. “It’s wonderful be able to help young people and give them the experience of an event of this nature in their own back yard,” explained Darren Weatherall, PGA professional on tour and host of the Junior Clinics.
Outback Queensland Masters is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland.
2021 EVENT SCHEDULE
Event 1 Biloela – June 19 & 20, 2021
Event 2 Charleville – June 26 & 27, 2021
Event 3 Quilpie – July 3 & 4, 2021
Event 4 Blackall – July 10 & 11, 2021
Event 5 Hughenden – July 17 & 18, 2021
Event 6 Longreach – July 23, 24 & 25, 2021
BILOELA RESULTS – LEADERBOARD
Outback Qld Masters – high-res images from Outback Qld Masters 19 – 20 June, 2021.
Photographer – Reuben Nutt.
VIDEO NEWS RELEASE FOOTAGE + INTERVIEWS WITH:
Luke Bates, Queensland Manager, Golf Australia
Cr Neville Ferrier, Mayor, Banana Shire Council
Darren Weatherall, PGA professional on tour and host of junior clinics
Kirra White of Mount Isa – who has hit 5 hole-in-ones
Dallas Douglas and his mum, Sam Douglas – the tournament’s youngest player
Peter Mohyluk, hole-in-one hopeful of Kumbia (near the Bunya Mountains)
Video News Release Cameraman – Pete Murray.
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