Three locals to represent at Aus Open

THE Australian Open is the southern hemisphere’s biggest and most lucrative bowls event, with $125,000 in prize money and the opportunity to represent Australia at the World Champion of Champions.

The multi-discipline tournament features singles, pairs and triples for men and women, as well as a festival of bowls, which incorporates over-60 and under-18 events, and the finals of the National AER mixed pairs.

With the Delhi Commonwealth Games to be held from October 3-10 this year, this event will give the opportunity for players to perform at their best in front of the Australian selectors.

Kurt Brown (Tantitha), Lynn Long and Karen Goldsworthy (Burnett) will be competing at this event.

Kurt will play in all disciplines.

Ben Twist (Greenslopes), who has just returned from competing in the PBA World Indoor Championships in the UK, will join Kurt in the pairs, and in the triples the duo will team up with another player yet to be confirmed.

Karen and Lynn will compete in all three events, playing together in the pairs and will join with Chris Baxter (Greenslopes) in the triples. Karen has a direct entry into the main draw for singles and Lynn and Chris also go into the main draw for the triples as a result of their achievements in the recent Queensland Open.

Qualifying will be at Bendigo from February 9-12 and the main draw will be held at Shepparton Park and Mooroopna Bowls Clubs from February 14-20, the site for the event in 2009.

Meanwhile, Taylor Bowls Super Challenge got under way last weekend throughout Queensland with many clubs competing in gold, silver and bronze sections. The competition will finish with the grand finals on March 28.

Clubs from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast are competing in the bronze sections 3 and 4.

The men compete in singles, pairs, triples and fours, while the women only play triples and fours. Tantitha won the bronze section in 2009.

Full results are available at or in the bowls clubs games results in today’s NewsMail.

Bundaberg Men’s Division Bowls Association wishes to remind bowlers that nominations for committee positions close tomorrow for the annual general meeting to be held at Burnett Bowls Club on February 14.

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