Pros to score a boost
THE Queensland PGA Trainee Championship will be played at Coral Cove for the next three years, the sport's governing body in the state announced yesterday.
The Queensland Division of the PGA of Australia said it continued the tradition of the championship being played at premier locations, with recent venues including Hyatt Coolum, RACV Royal Pines Resort and Peregian Springs golf clubs.
The decision was hailed by tourism and business groups as being a major boost to the local economy.
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager James Corvan said special events made a big difference to the tourism sector in Bundaberg.
He said events such as the Bundaberg Festival of Dance and a junior rugby league carnival held in Bundaberg at the weekend gave the region “a real push”.
“They would have made a substantial difference to the product being booked,” he said.
And he said the event was particularly welcome because it would be held from June 7-10, a quiet time for the tourism industry.
“After Easter it goes fairly quiet until the school holidays,” Mr Corvansaid.
Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce president Dion Taylor was also excited about the event.
With more than 100 professional golfers expected for the tournament, Mr Taylor said each one would be bringing an entourage that needed to be accommodated and fed.
“I think the Bundaberg community needs to get behind the idea of these sporting competitions,” he said.
Barry Young, the senior development manager at Austcorp Property Group, which owns Coral Cove, was also enthusiastic about the event.
“With an expected field of more than 100 professionals, the economic impact the championship will have on the Bundaberg economy is good news for all involved in our tourism industry.
“That being said, Coral Cove are very excited to not only be supporting professional golf, but the pending publicity and word of mouth that will be spread back through the state, national and international golfing community,” he said.