Teenager sets new standard
By JIM BRIGGINSHAW
HIGH school student Matthew Pietersen, 16, has created bowls history by becoming the youngest player to win the NSW open singles championship.
Pietersen, of the Parkes Railway club, beat the experienced Alan Carver (Coffs Harbour Ex-Services) 31-29 in the final at Tuncurry.
The youngster earlier belted former State singles champ Neil Burgess (Lennox Head) 31-10 in the second round after Burgess had taken his first game 31-27 against 19-year-old Aron Sherriff, of Halekulani.
To get into the final, Pietersen ousted New Zealand international Russell Meyer 31-25 in a semi.
Sherriff, a year out of the junior ranks and a member of the current NSW open side, was well to the fore in the championships ? he skipped the winning triples and fours teams.
In the triples, Alex Holland, Ray Miller and Frank Vogel (Yamba) bowed out in the second round after winning their first outing 23-20 against a Bathurst City team.
The championship went to Paul Williams, Phil Flippence and Aron Sherriff, who beat 19-year-old Jay Porter's Armidale City team 27-17 in the final.
David Ball's Casino RSM team ? David Zorzo, Peter Brown, Brian Nixon ? made it through to the fours semi-finals before bowing out 23-13 to Engadine's Peter Hughes, Chris Roberts, Craig Scott and Chris Macauley.