Dalby Open set to tee off for another year
PROFESSIONAL golfer Brenton Fowler is used to teeing off on the green, but he will spend this weekend's FSD Dalby Golf Open on the organising side of things.
Mr Fowler has been playing golf professionally for over 10 years, but his love for the sport started in his early years from playing with his father.
After spending the last few years working and playing at golf courses on the Sunshine Coast, Mr Fowler decided a shift back to the Darling Downs would be a good career move.
Mr Fowler has been the manager at the Dalby Golf Club for two months and said he has enjoyed the step- up in role.
"It's been really good, the members and everyone have been really welcoming and I've found it really good so far,” he said.
"I've got a few hurdles to go with some of the set-up stuff and I really look forward to building on that and making the club somewhere that I can get a lot of people, a lot of community support and somewhere people can enjoy.”
The Dalby Golf Open will be held this weekend and is the club's biggest championship event of the year, including A, B and C grade championships over the two-day competition.
Mr Fowler said nominations are looking good, with several golfers travelling from Toowoomba and the region for the event, along with local players getting involved.
"We do have a few local players that are quite talented and I'd expect to be up the top,” he said.
The Dalby and District Friendly Societies Dispensary has come on board as a first-time sponsor this year, providing $1000 in prizes over the two days.
FSD CEO James Bannerman said he was happy to be backing the Dalby Open this year.
"The golf club is a community place and we are happy to provide our money back into the community and this was just one way of doing that,” he said.
Mr Fowler said their sponsorship would be important in growing the competition for years to come to attract more players to the region.
"I would like to build it up and see a few more come from coastal and Brisbane even,” he said.
"It's a really nice way out and it's got its unique little challenges and I'd just like to grow on that and display the golf club to a broader area.”
The competition tees off on Saturday.