Just months after successfully hosting the 2020 Womens NSW Open, Dubbo Golf Club is one of six locations chosen to host qualifying events for the men’s version of the event.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders was joined by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro to announce the tournament, which will be played later in the year.
The NSW Government will provide Golf NSW with $700,000 to assist with the events, which will also be played in Albury, Bega, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan and Tweed.
Mr Saunders said the 2020 Women’s NSW Open in February had delivered economic and social benefits, with fans travelling to the region to see some of the world’s best professional and amateur players.
“The Women’s Open was the first major tournament to be 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 these bring new fans to the sport, encourage locals to visit and use the clubhouse, and attract visitors to see the regions and enjoy the services and hospitality of local businesses.”
“The NSW Government’s funding of $1.3 million to Dubbo Golf Course delivered the improvements needed to host that world class event and improve access to the club facilities that I’m proud are continuing to provide benefits for our community.”
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government is committed to supporting communities in regional NSW as they recover from the impact of drought, bushfires and COVID-19.
“Golfers love nothing more than a weekend away and a new course to play, so I’m sure fans will jump at the chance to plan a regional road trip to watch the pros and also get in a few rounds themselves,” Mr Barilaro said.
“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.”