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4 November, 2020

Outback Golf Masters is Best New Event

DESPITE being unable to proceed this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Outback Queensland Masters chalked up a deserved win at the 2020 Australian Event Awards and Symposium (AEAS), winning Best New Event.

By Hamish Hart

Karen Hanna Miller (Tourism and Events), Darren Weatherall (Weatherall Golf), Theresa Famularo (Cre8ion), Krista Hauritz (Tourism and Events), Denise Brown (Outback Queensland Tourism CEO), and Luke Bates (Golf Australia) celebrate Outback Queensland Masters’ success.

Since the inaugural ceremony in 2009, AEAS has recognised national events, event managers, and support service providers for their continued excellence, innovation, unity, and ensuring the continued growth and development of events nation-wide.

Outback Queensland Masters, a six-part golf series which travels to regional towns including Biloela, Charleville, Quilpie, Blackall, Hughenden and Longreach to find Outback Queensland’s premier putter, was awarded Best New Event for its inaugural edition held last year.

Queensland’s 2019 Greater Springfield Festival of Learning, New South Wales’ 2020 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup Opening Celebration, Townsville’s 2019 North Australian Festival of Arts, and New South Wales’ SAP e’ffect were among the nominees.

State senior manager for Golf Australia, Luke Bates, said the award-winning amateur golfing tournament would not have been possible without support from a plethora of organisations and councils.

“We would like to thank our strategic partners Tourism and Events Queensland, the Queensland Government who supported the event through the Year of Outback Tourism Events program, and the PGA of Australia,” Mr Bates said.

“We are also grateful for the support from each local golf club that so eagerly embraced the event.

"Thank you to the contributions from several region and shire councils including Maranoa, Murweh, Longreach, Winton, and Boulia, and Mount Isa City Council.  

“Special thanks must also be given to the team from Cre8ion and Weatherall Golf who played a crucial role in developing and staging the event.”

This year’s Outback Queensland Masters was scheduled from June 20 to July 26, but was cancelled due to uncertainties surrounding coronavirus.

“It was a decision we delayed as we investigated opportunities to stage the event,” Mr Bates said. “Events like the Outback Queensland Masters are the life-blood for many Outback Queensland communities as they create an important economic boost for local businesses and services.

“But there is a silver lining. Outback Queensland Masters will be on at the same time and locations in 2021. It will be the ultimate golfing adventure as Australia’s most remote golf series spans an epic 1600km across Queensland’s outback.”

The Outback Queensland Masters will be held from June 19 to July 25, 2021.

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