Outback Masters tees off in Roma on Monday
GOLF: Husband-and-wife team Mark and Barbara Slater are preparing to be part of history, as they perfect their swings and ensure the clubhouse is up to scratch.
On Monday and Tuesday, Roma Golf Club will host the first of the Outback Queensland Masters tournament, where amateur golfers, social players or first-time swingers will be able to participate in an outback first - the million-dollar hole-in-one.
"Roma's really thrilled to be picked for the first leg,” Barbara said.
"I think the biggest benefit is being able to showcase our great golf club to people from out of town.
"They'll come and stay a few nights and have a look around the region, which should drive some money into our economy.”
Barbara was first encouraged to give golfing a go two years ago when she was on holiday with Mark, who has been a golfing enthusiast for more than three decades.
"It's become something we enjoy doing together, although we both have a bit of a competitive streak,” she chuckled.
"I enjoy the challenge of it, as well as all the people you get to play with and meet.”
Along with members and volunteers, Barbara has been working hard the last few weeks to get the grounds in perfect condition for the estimated 150 golfers.
"Maranoa Regional Council has been really generous with their kind donations, which have helped us do a bit of work on the grounds,” she said.
"Everyone is really keen on making this an annual event. It's a fantastic opportunity for amateur golfers in rural towns, as well as creating some tourism interest.”
The nine-hole rounds will tee off at 2pm on Monday and 10am on Tuesday.