Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said golf is a grassroots sport which connects regional communities on fairways and greens across NSW.
“I’m so excited the qualifying pathway to the prestigious NSW Open will be shared across regional NSW,” Mr Lee said.
“Girls, boys, women and men who love the game of golf will be thrilled to have the opportunity to watch some of their best regional talent playing high quality tournament golf in their backyard.”
Golf NSW general manager Graeme Phillipson said some of the host towns were among the hardest hit by the devastating summer bushfires, including Moruya where they used the fairways at the local golf course as an evacuation centre in the South Coast fires.
“Events like this not only boost community morale but they also bring new fans to the sport and attract visitors to the beautiful regions to enjoy the services and hospitality of local businesses,” Mr Phillipson said.
Mr Phillipson said each round would have 120 players, which would consist of 90 professional golfers and 30 amateaur golfers.
Golfing dates for the regional qualifiers are:
·North Coast Open at Coffs Harbour Golf Club: December 9 to 11
·Tweed Region Open at Tweed Heads Golf Club: December 13 to 15
·Murray Region Open at Corowa Golf Club: February 15 to 17
·Dubbo Region Open at Dubbo Golf Club: February 19 to 21
·Queanbeyan Open at Queanbeyan Golf Club: February 23 to 25
·South Coast Open at Moruya Golf Club: February 27 to March 1