Vic Webber, Alec Pring, Alan Lumley, John Day and Russell Davis celebrate the 50th anniversary.
Vic Webber, Alec Pring, Alan Lumley, John Day and Russell Davis celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Watching grass grow!

By Adam Hicks

John Day could have been the first to roll on the grass ? tift-dwarf grass that is.

Mr Day and fellow 1974 members of Broadwater Bowling Club were in line to be the first Aussies to play bowls on a tift-dwarf green until a hormone incident gave the jump to the boys at Byron Bay.

"It was a revolutionary grass," he said.

"It's used by clubs all over the country now, but we were first to sew a green with it."

As Mr Day, the men's bowling president, and his bowls mates prepare to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary, they are left to lament that they were almost the first club to bowl on it.

That gong went to Byron Bay Bowling Club.

"Byron Bay planted it after us, by a matter of weeks.

"But ours was burnt off with hormones. Back in those days they used hormones to try to get it going a bit quicker," he said.

"I don't know who did it but someone used too much and burnt the grass. Byron Bay got the jump on us and played on the grass first while ours was recuperating."

While researching the history of the club, Mr Day discovered that the grass was brought to Australia by singer turned developer Pat Boone for use on the Ocean Shores Country Club golf course.

After Broadwater greenkeeper Rex Goulding sorted out the tift-dwarf, he started a nursery and sold grass to four clubs on the Northern Rivers and two in Sydney.

All the stories of the club's history will be relived and the people who made it special will celebrate at a reunion dinner on Saturday, March 12.

Everyone who has been involved with the club is invited to the party. The cost will be $15 per person.

Mr Day has asked that those interested reply by this weekend. Phone the club on 66828277 (after 4.30pm) or Mr Day on 66828361.



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