Top field assembled
By PAUL CHAMBERS
ONE of the highest ever quality fields has been assembled for next weeks Park Beach Bowling Club Ford Fiesta Open Singles Championships.
The event will be held at the fully refurbished Park Beach Bowling Club from Monday to Friday and will include the richest prize money in Australian Bowls.
There will be a total of $28,000 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 taking home $750.
The great history of the event, the atmosphere during the competition and the great prizes are the big draw cards that have helped the club attract a diverse array of local, interstate and international bowling talent.
Bowlers from as far afield as South Africa and New Zealand, as well as every Australian State, except the Northern Territory, will converge on the greens of Park Beach in what should be a fun-filled and action-packed week of 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 10 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 the section 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 a big week.
This means that from start to finish the winning bowler will have successfully negotiated their way through 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 25 of last years 32 section winners are returning for another attempt at taking the title.
This includes last years winner, Brent Norman from Cabramatta, and other recent winners Sam Laguzza, from Halekulani and Rob Parrella from Coolangatta.
One of the most attractive features about the event though is that it is open to any bowler in Australia who wishes to bowl and this year includes three female bowlers as well.