Crack Open field taking aim at Brassey's title
DEFENDING champion Rowan Brassey will have to hold off a strong field of bowlers from around Australia at the Park Beach Open Singles starting this Monday.
Brassey, who represented New Zealand in six world championships and took gold in 1998 and 2000, won the 2014 final with consistent draw bowling, holding out former Park Beach junior champion Matt Miles now with Engadine.
Miles is chasing the thickest end of the $30,000 in prizemoney but admits it won't be easy.
"In a great event like the Park Beach Singles you are playing against top quality opponents in every game" he said.
"Reaching the final last year is high on my list of achievements and winning Champions League as the marquee player for Warilla was also a great experience."
An obvious talent from his first start on the green, Miles can expect strong support from local crowds during the week-long competition.
"I went to school at Woolgoolga High and played at both Woolgoolga and Park Beach bowling clubs.
"So it's great to be home and playing on the greens I grew up on.
"After playing on so many surfaces around Australia, the Park Beach greens are still my favourite."
Urunga's junior star Corey Wedlock, a member of the Australian under-18 squad last year, will also have a good following as he tackles elite players like Geoff McGillivray, Shane Garvey, Ian Taylor, Ben Twist, Frank Vella and New Zealander, Chad Grant.