Kerkow leads $10,000 bowls event

Bowls: Australian bowling icon Kelvin Kerkow will go into the weekend's Woodgate Beach Houses invitational classic as favourite to lead his team to the $10,000 prize.

The Commonwealth gold medallist will team with Woodgate Bowls Club manager Charlie Redmond, Peter Stanton and Trevor Broadbent in the event.

Redmond said the team, which comprised of former Queensland players, would not be a certainty to win the event.

“Any team with Kelvin in it is going to be the favourite,” Redmond said yesterday.

“But there's going to be a lot of competition there.”

There is also that $10,000, a prize that no one is going to give up willingly.

Teams have come from as far as Tweed Heads, Brisbane and Toowoomba to compete in the second annual event.

Redmond said he decided to host the event last year in an attempt to bring more publicity to Woodgate.

“The club had never really had anything like this before, then when we got the sponsors (Woodgate Beach Houses) on board we could put up a good prize,” he said.

“It's running at full capacity and its reputation will grow each year.”

Players from Tantitha, Bargara, Isis and Burnett will represent the region in a field of 28 teams.

But the players will not represent their clubs at the event.

Instead players have composed their own teams of players they believe will give them the best chance of taking out the money.

Tantitha's Geoff Williams will join former Bundaberg bowler David Green and Sunshine Coast bowler Peter Werth in his team.

“I've put together the team that I think gives me the best chance at winning,” Williams said.

“And I think this team has a pretty good chance.”

The event starts this morning and continues into tomorrow.

Each team will play five rounds.



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