Big names roll up for $15,000 Classic
SOME of the best lawn bowlers in Australia will compete at the second annual $15,000 Ocean Shores Great Northern Classic Men's Fours this weekend.
Former world number one Kelvin Kerkow and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Brett Wilkie have both entered.
They will form a formidable team along with Gold Coast bowler Scott De Jong, while Ocean Shores bowler Troy Makin will team up with Josh Greenhalgh.
Former Queensland singles champion Jimmy Anderson is also playing with Greenhalgh and Makin.
A full field of 28 teams have registered for the two-day event, with games starting at 9am at the Ocean Shores Country Club.
"It's a good way to promote the club and we've tried to attract as many big names as possible,” club chairman Peter Tornaros said. "The prizemoney is some of the best you will find around here and it has Tier 3 National Ranking points. The only other event that would compare to it would be the Summerland Series (at Ballina).
"To have at least three ex-Australian players here is very exciting and the best bowlers from around the (Far North Coast) region are here, too.”
Makin is the current club champion at Ocean Shores and represented New South Wales Country last year.
He scaled back his playing commitments this year to spend more time with his family but still managed to win the Tweed-Byron open and mixed pairs among other tournaments.
Wilkie has also been playing less tournaments and is currently the chief executive of Bowls Queensland.
FNC bowlers at the event include Kris Lehfeldt, Luke Jones, Glen Pitts and James Knight.
Lehfeldt was recently crowned Zone One Champion of Champions and qualified for the NSW state finals.
The Classic Fours will include five games with prizemoney for the top eight teams with the champions decided on overall wins and margins.
"We have a full team here from Ocean Shores and a lot of our other guys a teaming with blokes from the Gold Coast and other areas,” Tornaros said.
"There is a team coming from Sydney and you nearly need to win every game to take it out.”
The event is sponsored by Carlton Brewery, Aero Bowls and Tony Carsburg Holden.
Spectators are welcome both days, with the restaurant and club facilities open all weekend.