Richest singles carnival
ONE of the highest ever quality fields has been assembled for this weeks Park Beach Bowling Club Ford Fiesta Open Singles Championships.
The event has made it's way up the list to be among the creme de la creme of bowls tourmaments in this country and starting Monday 120 bowlers will be seeking a part of the richest prize money in Australian Bowls.
There will be a total of $35,200 up for grabs including the winners prize - a Ford Fiesta valued at $18,000, a runners up prize of $4000, losing semi-finalists cheques of $1500 and each losing quarter finalist gets to take $750.
The tournament may only be in it's fifth year under the current format but already the event has built up a great history.
Top talent on display
The atmosphere during the competition and the great prizes are the big draw cards that have again helped Park Beach Bowling Club to attract a diverse array of local, interstate and international bowling talent.
Bowlers from as far afield as South Africa and New Zealand, will converge on the greens of Park Beach from Monday in what should be a high standard, tense and action packed five days of top class lawn bowls.
The event will run from Monday to Friday, and will see 120 bowlers set off in search of the major prize.
The format for the week will follow the same schedule as last year with the bowlers split into 30 sections of four players each.
These players will compete in a round-robin of three games of 25 ends on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with all sectional winners and the two next best performed qualifying for the next round of games on Thursday.
The quarter finals, semi finals and final itself will then take place on Friday, in what should be a very exciting climax to the week.
This means that from start to finish the winning bowler will have successfully negotiated their wayt hrough a total of nine games, and with each game stretching over 25 ends it will be a true test of not only the bowlers physical prowess, but also his mental strength too.
The event is very popular among the bowling fraternity, with bowlers returning year after year to take part, as is clearly demonstrated by the fact that 23 of last years 32 section winners are returning for another attempt at taking the title.
This includes last years winner Rowan Brassey as well as other recent winners Brent Norman and Sam Laguzza.