Who is Bundy's best bowler?
A field of 24 men and eight women from clubs across the region will converge on Tantitha Bowls Club this Saturday and Sunday to contest the inaugural Tantitha Open Singles Invitational.
Queensland Under-25 representative Kurt Brown, the competition organiser, said ultimate bragging rights on the Bundaberg bowls circuit would be up for grabs.
“They haven’t had a singles tournament like this for a while, so there will be a lot of prestige to play for,” Brown said.
Brown and club official Geoff Williams believe the event will eventually attract top competition from around Queensland.
“We want the best bowlers in the State to come to Bundy to play in an event like this,” Brown said.
But for this weekend, it will be an all-Bundaberg showdown at Tantitha.
That does not mean the competition will be short of class competitors.
Brown has proved his mettle against the best bowlers in Queensland this year, regularly placing at the top of some of the state’s biggest events.
He recently completed a career highlight when he teamed with Gail Compton to take out the State Mixed Pairs title at Bribie Island.
“This has been a really good year for me and it’s shown that I can mix it with some of the best bowlers in Queensland,” he said.
Brown had ruled himself out of the competition to focus on organising the event.
But when one player withdrew from the invitational, he put his name in the hat.
He will be facing off against stiff competition at the event this weekend.
In the men’s group, two current and two former Queensland team members will be playing for a share of the $1200 prize money.
Two former Queensland representatives will grace the women’s field.
The best of the eight women will take the best of the men in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Moore Park Bowls Club member Margaret O’Rourke, a former Queensland representative, said she was looking forward to the event.
“I think it’s a good thing for Bundaberg,” she said.
O’Rourke said she would not be surprised if it was a woman who took out the inaugural shield.
“Some of the ladies play very well, perhaps even better than the men,” she said.
Tantitha champion Darren McCracken, who led his club to state victory last month, said players from all clubs would be desperate for a win at the weekend event.
“It’s a good event for bowls in Bundaberg and it should be pretty fun to see how it goes,” he said.
With so many good players scattered across the region, McCracken was at a loss to name an outright favourite.