Locals to take on internationals in Park Beach Open Singles
THOSE big-name international bowlers draw attention but Park Beach talent has been the strength of the $30,000 Open Singles.
Starting Monday, players such as Cory Daley, Rick Southam and veteran Jim Swan will head into battle with high hopes of taking out the historic event, the richest of its kind in Australia.
"I've been as close as the quarter-finals a couple of years ago, bowing out to Wayne Turley who went on to win that year," Swan recalled.
"After knocking out Denzil 'Sooty' Owen, I had to go straight into the next round without a break.
"Back then it was four games and a night match and the greens were playing funny, and I wasn't all that confident to start with.
"Wayne had me down by something like 11-2 with the green playing all over the place and it took a while to get a handle on it.
"Eventually I came back but he had too much start and got me 21-15 but that's the nature of knockout bowls. The draw and the conditions bring you back to the field pretty quickly."
Defending champ Matt Pietersen is back with the aim of convincing national selectors he's worth a recall to the Australian team.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist David Holt returns, along with 2011 winner and triple World Cup victor Jeremy Henry. Big-game veterans Rowan Brassey, Shane Garvey, Sam Laguzza and Frank Vella will also be back.
Play continues throughout the week leading into the finals series on Thursday and Friday with spectator facilities set up around the greens.