THE Tri-State Masters is a fun week of golf for A, B, and C grade club golfers centred around Mildura in north-western Victoria.
2014 will see the 22nd running of the event and with entries in already from distant locations including New Zealand, Western Australia and Queensland it would suggest the week is on track to be another big success, despite the passing of its founder last year.
Within weeks of entry forms having been released for the now renamed Shane Doherty Tri-State Masters, more than half of the available spaces have been filled.
The tournament is continuing to attract ‘first timers’ as well as return appearances from stalwarts.
Tournament Director, Kym Doherty who along with other family members assisted husband Shane conduct the event for more than 5,500 golfers over the past two decades said: “A significant number of new entrants confirms that the attraction of a professionally run event for amateur golfers, that puts the emphasis on a holiday coupled with local tourism experiences, creating new friendships, and visiting a region for the first time, is continuing to grow.”
“Once again we have received strong support from major tourism entities in promoting the event as not just a golf tournament, but an insight into some of Sunraysia’s key attractions such as superb food, excellent wines, oasis-like location and most importantly, an escape destination from the southern cold.”
“At last year’s event when Shane made it known that he was living on borrowed time and probably wouldn’t survive to this year’s event, there was a massive out-pouring of support for the event to continue.
“In such emotional times, it was one thing for players to state on-going support for the event, but with Shane now gone and the loss of him as a tourism attraction in his own right, it was another thing for players to actually step up to the tee a year later.”
The event, on this year from May 18 to May 23, was originally conceived as a 54-hole stableford event with one round in Mildura Victoria, another just over the Murray River border in New South Wales and a third in the Riverland region of South Australia.
In recent years, the event has been streamlined to provide a more easily accessed series of rounds providing a diversity of golfing experiences in and around Mildura and its cross-river neighboring course of Coomealla.
Three stableford competition rounds will be supported by a further two social rounds giving players the option of playing in only the tournament rounds, or others as well. Morning and afternoon sessions will be played and optional social events have been organised for every evening of the event.
The Shane Doherty Tri-State Masters will be restricted to 256 players again this year – further details are available here