David Hyde has claimed both the minor and major pairs titles at Park Beach.
David Hyde has claimed both the minor and major pairs titles at Park Beach.

Mr Smooth? is on a roll

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

AS lawn bowls enjoys such a long history, it's very rare for someone to be able to lay claim to a first these days but Park Beach's David Hyde can.

Hyde has claimed both the minor and major pairs titles at the club, the first time that it has happened at Park Beach.

The 24 year old started playing at the tender age of 11 and it appears the smooth delivery style from the left hander is starting to pay off in spades.

Teaming up with Rick Southam in the majors and Les Seabrook in the minors, Hyde's success came after ending up on the right side of the ledger in two nailbiting finals.

Both went down to the wire with the final score being 21-20 on each occasion.

One of the biggest memories Hyde has of the finals is the amount of nerves that he had, particularly in the major final against Laurie Morris and Peter Woodsall.

"The major final was shocking, I'd get on the mat and I'd be shaking like anything," the young bowler said.

"In the minor final we were down until there was about three ends to go and we only just got up.

"That was still pretty nerve wracking."

Some might say that Hyde has an unfair advantage at the club considering that he's one of the greenkeepers down at Park Beach.

The opportunity to get out on the greens naturally presents itself every day to the staff but Hyde says sometimes a roll on his spare time is the last thing on his mind.

"We do practice but not as much as people think," Hyde said.

"We don't really like rolling up here, we see enough of the place when we're working."

At least when he's working, Hyde can now walk past the honour boards with pride and see that his name is part of history.



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