Belts, boots and buckles were swapped in the Rodeo Capital for buggies, bunkers and birdies on the weekend with over 130 players taking to the Mount Isa Golf Club greens surrounded by the rugged outback landscapes.
“In a first for the Outback Queensland Masters we have had dual back-to-back winners, with both our Mount Isa orange jacket recipients having also won in Winton last weekend. Congratulations to the Mount Isa winners, Women’s Christine Mills of Banora Golf Club with 44 points, and the Men’s, Peter West of Crows Nest Golf Club with 38 points,” said Luke Bates, Queensland and Northern Territory Manager, Golf Australia.
“Further to this Christine Mills has become the first player to be awarded three orange jackets, taking out her first jacket in Quilpie in 2021.
“This is our longest journey ever of 2,035 kilometres through Outback Queensland, joined by our largest number of players and spectators yet attracting visitors from all over Australia.
“With the fifth leg of the event now complete, players are nearing the end of their journey with many of the players vying for the Million Dollar Hole-In-One challenge in Birdsville next weekend.
“The Birdsville Dunes Golf Club is awaiting the arrival of the players to host its first official tournament at its red dust course with tee off on Friday 22 July.
“This is an event for everyone, and only amateur golfers can participate. I think this has been the secret to the Outback Queensland Masters’ success.
“Mount Isa is renowned for producing iconic sporting heroes including Greg Norman, so it was no surprise to see a strong pool of talent at our free Mount Isa Junior Clinic,” explained PGA professional from Brisbane, Darren Weatherall. “It is a real testament to the local golf club where you can really see it in the enthusiasm for golf in the kids in this town.”
Luke Bates added, “The event is presented by Golf Australia, and we would especially like to thank our strategic partner Tourism and Events Queensland and Birdie Spirit Partner PGA of Australia.
“This is our second time in Mount Isa and the country charm was well and truly served up in spades over the weekend at the Mount Isa Golf Club. Support from local golf clubs and their members who have so eagerly embraced the masters has been integral to the Outback Queensland Masters success. I’d like to extend a special thank you, to the Mount Isa Golf Club members and volunteers.
We can’t stage this event without assistance from local government, including the Mount Isa City Council, Maranoa Regional Council, Barcaldine Regional Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Winton Shire Council and Diamantina Shire Council,” Bates said.
The Outback Queensland Masters is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
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