Brown secures Premier League spot
BUNDABERG whiz kid Kurt Brown is close to securing a deal that would see him compete in the Queensland’s Premier League bowls competition next season.
The Tantitha Bowls Club teenager has been asked to represent Pine Rivers Bowls Club next season to compete in the Premier League as an import.
“It’s the premier competition in Queensland and it would be a great move for me,” Brown said.
Brown indicated that he would commit to the deal, which would see him represent Pine Rivers in the Premier League alone.
He would still represent Tantitha in pennants and club competitions.
“I just have to accept the offer and it will be confirmed,” Brown said.
It will be a major move in the career of the youngster, who is desperate to make the Australian team in the future.
Mundubbera-raised Brown has established himself as one of Australia’s top bowls prospects, with a series of strong performances this year.
The laid-back 19-year-old earned selection in the Queensland under-25 team and earlier won the Queensland Champion of Champions pairs with Bargara Bowls Club rising star Gail Crompton (see story, right).
He was also named in the Australian Silver Tier, one step below Australian selection.
He hopes to go one better next year after a strong finish to the 2009 season.
Last week Brown had one of his biggest wins of the year, taking out the pairs event in the Bribie Island Prestige Carnival on the Sunshine Coast.
Brown teamed with former Tantitha bowler Alex Murtagh to claim the title, and the $2000 prize money.
“It was a prestige tournament and the competition came from all over,” he said.
“So it was good to get a win.”
Brown also went close to winning the fours event at the championship, finishing second overall.
He was teamed with Des Guller and Mark Spring from Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Michael Keegan from Coolum Beach Bowls Club in the tournament.
The strong performance was a perfect way for Brown to make a strong impression on state selectors before the Christmas break.
He will take a holiday from competitive bowls over Christmas then expects resume with the Premier League in January.
“It’ll just be a bit of a holiday for me then back into the merry-go-round,” Brown said.