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Officials at the announcement of the NSW Open Qualifying series

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Open Qualifiers a boost for Regional NSW

Open Qualifiers a boost for Regional NSW

A series of NSW Open Qualifiers across the state will be a boost for regional economies recovering from drought, bushfires & the COVID-19 Crisis.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Mr John Barilaro today announced the series at Dubbo Golf Club, which will also host one of the qualifying events.

Josh Younger
Players will be vying to compete against the likes of 2019 NSW Open Champion, Josh Younger

The six-event NSW Open Qualifying Series will feature 80 professionals and 40 elite amateurs competing over 36 holes, with the top three placegetters (amateur or professional) at each event qualifying for this year’s NSW Open.

In addition to the coveted places in the NSW Open, the professionals will also be vying for a purse of $50,000 per event.

Each event will run over three days and will feature an 18 hole pro-am practice round followed by the 36 hole tournament.

Qualification tournaments will be held in Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, and the Tweed during September with two more events to be hosted in the Albury and Bega regions.

Tourism Benefits

Making the announcement today, the Deputy Premier said the series was going to be a boost for regional communities.

“Golfers love a weekend away & a new course to play.

“I’m sure fans will jump at the chance to plan a trip to watch the pros & get a few rounds in,”

“The Department of Regional NSW will work with Golf NSW to deliver an event that is both COVIDSafe and provides economic benefits through increased tourism,” Mr Barilaro said.

Peter Mitchell, Chairman of Golf NSW added the events would be a significant boost to many local economies.

“The vast majority of competitors will be coming from out of the region, and some hopefully from interstate.

“We know this means motels are booked, restaurants, clubs & pubs are busy, and towns will be buzzing while the tournament is underway,” Mr Mitchell said.

Julia Engstrom holding the womens NSW Open Trophy
Dubbo proved itself capable of holding major golf tournaments in March when Julia Engstrom lifted the women’s NSW Open Crown

Dubbo MP Mr Dugald Saunders said the 2020 Worrell’s Women’s NSW Open, held at Dubbo Golf Club in March, delivered plenty of economic and social benefits to the Dubbo region.

“The Women’s Open was the first major tournament held in the region, and it’s fantastic news that another sporting event of that calibre will be played right here in Dubbo.

“Events like this bring new fans to the sport, attract visitors to the regions to enjoy the services and hospitality of local businesses,” Mr Saunders said.

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