Scott to coach in the US
TONY SCOTT is building bridges in lawn bowls. We just hope he remembers where home is.
The Ballina Bowling Club sports co-ordinator will fly out today – a four-month dalliance with the best bowlers in the United States awaits.
Scott has taken up a handsome contract with the sport’s governing body, United States Lawn Bowls Association.
His duties will include coaching coaches and running elite boot camps.
Scott aims to bring the Stars and Stripes up to speed on bowls – the sport is much smaller in the US than here in Australia – but here’s hoping the local master doesn’t spill all the beans.
Through his contacts, the two-time US Open pairs champion has also arranged for a couple of the United States’ most decorated bowlers to test the greens Down Under.
Mert Isaacman and Loren Dion will contest the Wintersun Singles at the Ballina Bowling Club in July.
“Mert Isaacman is a real legend of the sport,” Scott said.
“He is a hall-of-famer getting on a bit in years, but sure to draw a crowd.
“And Loren is a fiery young gun, one of the new breed who really rips in.”
Scott’s travels through Seattle, Port-land and Anaheim will include plenty of work with Isaacman and Dion as they plan to raid the Northern Rivers’ bowls riches.
The overseas appointment is the result of five years of following the sport in the US and a lifelong love affair with bowls.
“Just as some love football, I love bowls,” Scott said.
“I follow the sport all over the world, such is my passion.”
In 2005 Scott made his first foray into US bowls in the country’s biggest tournament, the US Open, where he won the pairs with John Bilby from his former club, Raymond Terrace.
And so the courtship began.
The Americans hadn’t seen much of Aussies before and went after Scott, landing him as coach for the 2007 Asia Pacific Games in Christchurch.
They have pursued him ever since and now they finally have their man.
And after 17 hours in the air, Scott will land in Seattle ready to get down to business.