3 April, 2020
Outback Queensland Masters Canned
WHAT WAS shaping to be a highlight of the 2020 golf calendar, the Outback Queensland Masters, has been cancelled — another victim of the coronavirus crisis.
Travel restrictions and growing health concerns surrounding COVID-19 forced organisers to can the event until next year.
The six-part golf series was scheduled to be played at various golf clubs across regional Queensland, commencing June 20 in Biloela and travelling to Charleville, Quilpie, Blackall and Hughenden across a month-long period, before culminating in Longreach on July 26.
Queensland State Senior Manager of Golf Australia, Luke Bates, said while it was disappointing the event had to be delayed, they were confident the Outback Queensland Masters would be back, bigger and better, next year.
"It has been a decision we delayed as we investigated opportunities to stage the event," Mr Bates said. "Events like this are lifeblood for many Outback Queensland communities as they create an important economic boost for local businesses and services.
"But there is a silver lining of sorts. The Outback Queensland Masters will be on at the same time and locations in June and July, 2021, including the million-dollar hole-in-one challenge.
"It really will be the ultimate 2021 golfing adventure as Australia’s most remote golf series spans an epic 1600 kilometres across Queensland’s Outback."
The Outback Queensland Masters is set to return in 2021, beginning June 19-20 in Biloela, June 26-27 in Charleville, July 3-4 in Quilpie, July 10-11 in Blackall, July 17-18 in Hughenden, and July 23-25 in Longreach. The Longreach tournament will host the million dollar hole-in-one challenge.