Friday, February 25th, 2011 - PGA of Australia

As the first balls were being hit in the 2011 Cellarbrations QLD PGA Championship, Peter Taylor, the Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council, praised the efforts of City Golf Toowoomba officials in forging ahead with this week’s tournament.

After a monumental month of preparation the tournament teed off this morning, 6.20am at City Golf Club, and will continue over the next four days until a champion is crowned on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s very difficult to put into words the terrible, life-changing events of January 10,” said Peter Taylor, Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council.

“The region was battered, lives were tragically lost and homes and businesses were seriously damaged from unprecedented flooding.”

“As we look to the future, it’s events like the Cellarbrations QLD PGA Championship that will again shine the spotlight on the region. This time, for all the right reasons.”

The Mayor went on to acknowledge those who contributed to the course’s recovery that now hosts some of Australia’s best golf professionals including Peter O’Malley, Craig Parry, Paul Sheehan and two-time QLD PGA Champion Terry Price.

“The tournament has faced its own challenges, given the severe flooding of the golf course. That it can even go ahead is testament to the tireless efforts of the City Golf Club officials, staff and the golfing fraternity in general,” continued the Mayor.

“They deserve unreserved praise for their efforts and I wish organisers, competitors and spectators clear skies and perfect greens for one of the region’s premier sporting events.”

Broc Greenhalgh, the Assistant Executive Officer for the QLD Division of the PGA said the players are extremely humbled by the efforts put in by City Golf Club staff and the surrounding community.

“Its amazing how far the course has come in the last few weeks and the players all really appreciate how much work it would have taken,” said Greenhalgh.

“These pros travel the world playing golf at different venues each week and they were all more than happy to put their hands up to come to Toowoomba and play their part in the recovery process.”

“So far this week we’ve already staged a number of community engagement programs with local businesses and schools and the pros have all loved being a part of them. I guess it’s a small thing to ask of them compared to what the community has been through recently.”

The Cellarbrations QLD PGA Championship got underway at 6.20a.m. this morning Queensland time.

The Cellarbrations QLD PGA Championship is proudly supported by Cellarbrations, Coca-Cola Amatil, City Golf Toowoomba, Southern Cross Ten, Maxgaming, Glenzeil, International Gaming Technology, Dickson Wohlsen Strategies, W.N Webb & Associates, PFD, Wippells Autos, Angliss Meats, Aristocrat, Pacific Surf Apartments, Ainsworth Game Technology, Affinity Apparell, Bishop Outdoor Advertising, Harvey Norman – Toowoomba, Professional Investment Services, NAB , Banktech, Fosters, Konami and Designline Graphics.

Located within five minutes from the city centre and within walking distance from many of the great sites that Toowoomba has to offer, the City Golf Club boasts an impressive 18 hole golf course and one of the largest and most innovative clubhouses in Australia.

Read more about how Toowoomba recovered here: http://www.pga.org.au/article-display/Toowoombas-amazing-recovery/131512

 

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