Queensland Government supporting Australia’s next junior ‘Masters’ golf champion
Australia’s next golfing champion may be amongst the competitors at this week’s Greg Norman Junior Masters Championships at the Palmer Coolum Resort.
Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said the Queensland Government was proud to provide sponsorship of $30,000 for the annual event, as part of the Newman Government’s promise to get more young people active.
Mr Dickson said the invitation-only Junior Masters was expected to attract 230 top junior players from across Australia and overseas.
“The Junior Masters, now in its 23rd year has received international recognition thanks to its patron and Queensland golfing great, Greg Norman,” Mr Dickson said.
“The Masters provides a rare opportunity for young golfers to be exposed to the challenges of international competition.
“Entry to the prestigious junior championship is hotly contested and I have no doubt this year’s event will play host to some of our future golfing champions.
“Queensland’s own Adam Scott, winner of the 2013 US Masters, took out the Junior Masters in 1997 with a record 18 under par score which was not broken until 12 years later.
“The Newman Government is proud to support events such as this that encourage children to reach their sporting goals.
“We’re encouraging an active community, but also helping to grow the sporting greats of tomorrow.”
Mr Dickson said it the Queensland Government wanted to see more Queenslanders getting active and participating in sport and active recreation.
“We are doing this by helping both sport and recreation clubs and families at the grassroots community level through our initiative called Get in the Game,” he said.
“Through three funding programs worth $47.8 million, the government will be providing clubs with better equipment and facilities and giving children who might not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to play sport,” Mr Dickson said.
The Honourable Steve Dickson MP
Minister For National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Wednesday 18th of December 2013