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2016 NSW Open Regional Qualifying venues announced

Forbes Golf Club
L to R Peter Mawhinney, Mark Leibich, John Robinson, Phyllis Miller, Andrew MacDonald, and Graeme Phillipson at the official announcement at Forbes Golf Club today.

Golf NSW is thrilled to announce that eleven venues across New South Wales will host eight Regional Qualifying Tournaments for the 2016 NSW Open Golf Championship.

In addition to this, Golf NSW is also pleased to announce the inaugural 36 Hole Sand/Grass Greens State Championship will be played at Forbes and Grenfell Golf Courses on 20-21 August 2016.

The Regional Qualifying Tournaments provide an ideal opportunity for any interstate or New South Wales based golfer to win their way into the 2016 NSW Open Golf Championship, which will be held again later this year at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course in Greater Western Sydney.

The venues that will host 2016 NSW Open Regional Qualifying Tournaments are:

Camden Golf Club
Forbes Golf Club, 8-9 October
Grafton Golf Club and Yamba Golf Club
Griffith Golf Club
Gunnedah Golf Club, 27-28 August
Howlong Golf Club and Thurgoona Golf Club, 18-19 June
Moree Golf Club
Wauchope Golf Club and Kew Country Club, 8-9 October.

The first 2016 Qualifying tournament well be held at Howlong and Thurgoona Golf Clubs on 18-19 June and will attract a highly competitive field intent on winning a spot in this year's Championship.

"Golf NSW is thrilled to see regional areas benefit from hosting Golf NSW events like a NSW Open Qualifying Tournament. Not only does it generate local interest in the sport, but it provides an opportunity for the host regions to showcase their golf courses to many of New South Wales finest amateur golfers," Chairman of Golf NSW, Mr John Robinson said.

The 2016 Qualifying events are sure to provide a boost to tourism for the host regions and will showcase not only the wonderful golf courses across our State but the best of what regional New South Wales has to offer. Hosts of the 2015 Regional Qualifiers all reported healthy participant numbers in part due to the opportunity of a securing a place in the Championship that was on offer to the winning player.

"We would like to thank our Partner Councils and District Associations, Forbes Shire Council, Weddin Shire Council, Albury City Council & Murray District Golf Association, Clarence Valley Council, Port Macquarie Hastings Council and Camden City Council for being part of the 2016 NSW Open Golf Championship by taking the opportunity to host a Regional Qualifying Event," Mr Robinson added.

Regional New South Wales has produced some of the nation's finest golf talent and a Qualifying Series like this is an ideal pathway for any aspiring country golfer to play his way into the State's premier Golf Championship.

"Not only does regional New South Wales boast some of the State's best golf courses, but many of the State's finest golfers have been produced in country areas," added Mr Graeme Phillipson, General Manager – Golf, Golf NSW.

The NSW Open Golf Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government and Destination NSW, and will be held at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course in Greater Western Sydney in late 2016. The tournament will form a key part of the 2016 Australian Summer of Golf.

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For more information about the event visit: www.nswopen.com

 

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