IT’S set to be a big year for golf in Bathurst.
Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst Golf Club and Golf NSW are partnering to bring the NSW Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Championship to Bathurst in 2017, the first time the event will be staged in the city.
Bathurst mayor Gary Rush said council’s sponsorship of the tournament will deliver three major golf events: the 2017 NSW Men's Senior Foursomes on Monday, March 27, the 2017 NSW Men's Senior Golf Championship from Tuesday, March 28 to Thursday, March 30 inclusive, and the 2017 NSW Open Golf Championship Regional Qualifier from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 22 to coincide with the Bathurst Open.
“Council’s support of the tournament will help bring several hundred golfers, and their partners, from across NSW to Bathurst for the tournament,” Cr Rush said.
“Not only will they have the chance to play on the Bathurst golf course, but they will also have the opportunity to explore our city during their stay.”
Golf NSW is also pleased with the partnership.
“Golf NSW welcomes the opportunity to partner with Bathurst Regional Council and Bathurst Golf Club in 2017 by bringing the time honoured NSW Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Championship to the iconic tourism destination of Western NSW,” Golf NSW general manager of golf events Graeme Phillipson said.
“The Senior Championship is one of our signature tournaments, attracting the best amateur senior golfers from across the state to compete.
“In addition, Golf NSW will be staging the NSW Men’s Senior Foursomes and a NSW Open Regional Qualifier at the picturesque Bathurst course next year.”
Bathurst Regional Council will also use the tournament as an opportunity to promote water-wise initiatives at the golf club.
The club, a volume user of water, is looking to cut water usage costs and is investing in water conservation management infrastructure and is working with council to achieve reduced water consumption.
The golf club had originally approached council seeking a discount on its annual raw water bill, but was instead offered $15,000 a year over three years to help improve its water-saving infrastructure.
The money is coming from council’s water reserves.