ON THE GREEN: Winners of the Roma event for the Outback Queensland Masters Kathy Beck and Josh Lambert.
ON THE GREEN: Winners of the Roma event for the Outback Queensland Masters Kathy Beck and Josh Lambert. Queensland Outback Masters

Roma's very own win the first leg of the Outback Masters

Golf: Roma's own Josh Lambert and Kathy Beck have done their town proud, winning the first leg of Queensland Outback Masters and setting themselves up for a crack at winning $1 million.

The inaugural event, organised by Golf Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland, teed off at Roma Golf Club on Monday morning.

Lambert, who took out the men's division, will prepare for the Mt Isa tournament on July 28 where he will have the chance to sink a hole-in-one worth $1 million.

Lambert said preparations for the hole-in-one was business as usual.

"I'm going to play in the Charleville this week and then I'll just get out onto the greens as much as possible,” he said.

The Roma event, which was the first of six across the weeks, was opened in style by eager local junior golfers, followed by the seniors and nomads from throughout the sunburnt country.

Golf Australia Queensland manager Luke Bates said Roma Golf Club was the perfect place to start the Outback Queensland Masters.

"Due to the success of the first day, we have had many players book in for the next event in Charleville this weekend,” Bates said.

At the conclusion of Monday's nine holes John Palk led the men's field with 21 points, but it was Roma Golf Club member Josh Lambert who stayed consistent and regained the lead to take out the men's division with 41 points.

Roma golfer Kathy Beck led the women's event from start to finish, with 19 points on the first day and finishing strong with 35 points.

Celebrations continued into the night with live entertainment, including a traditional welcome to country and smoke ceremony from Rodney Landers, bush poet Marco Gliori and The Pigs band.


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