Roma launches OQM

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Winners of the Roma event for Outback Queensland Masters Kathy Beck and Josh Lambert.

Roma came into force in support of the Outback Queensland Masters.

Prospective junior golfers officially launched Monday celebrations at the Roma Golf Club, with juniors taking the opening menu shots, followed by a free junior clinic led by PGA members Darren Weatherall and Sam Eaves.

Local Josh Lambert tasted success yesterday in the men's 18-hole stableford division and finished the event with 41 points.

"It is my home of course, so I have to go well", an enthusiastic Lambert said.

"I'm looking forward to playing in Charleville this weekend and completing the tournament in Mount Isa (in July)."

On the women's side, Kathy Beck was crowned a double champion who won the individual event with 35 points (ocb) and, together with Scott Thomson, won the team's event with a total of 74 points.

The local netball community also became involved in the event, catering and serving delicious food to hungry and grateful golfers and spectators.

Both players and entertainment seekers enjoyed barefoot music from hillbilly pop artists, The Pigs, followed by a performance by award-winning poet and storyteller Marco Gliori. Participants were also treated to a traditional Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony by Rodney Landers.

Mayor Tyson Golder attended the day's festivities to raise funds for the golf club, auctioning the 1st tee flag.

Yabby races were also a big hit with players invited to bid on the race with local John Lethbridge picking the winner.

Participants were very impressed with the dining experience under the stars and the quality of the entertainment on Monday nights.

Many players look forward to continuing their journey through the outback with Charleville hosting the next event this weekend.

Thanks to Maranoa Council for supporting the Roma event, Horse Torque for player prizes and Roma Golf Club for presenting the course in great condition.

Do you want to participate in the next event? Charleville event tickets are available on the website.

Go to the Facebook page of Outback Queensland Masters for the event album.

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