Holt overcomes Evans Head bowler
ENGLISH international David Holt successfully defended his title to claim back-to-back Wintersun Singles at the Ballina Bowling Club at the weekend.
Holt, who now plays out of the Cabramatta Bowling Club in western Sydney, charged through the quarter-finals and semis before defeating Ted Butler (Evans Head) 31-24 in a classic final.
The Englishman now has another piece of silverware to add to his pairs world championship and Commonwealth Games gold.
Although there was a repeat winner, the tournament threw up plenty of surprises.
World No 1 Safuan Said had a horror weekend, registering just one win and failing to make it through his section.
His protégé, 23-year-old Malaysian compatriot Zuraini Khalid, did much better, scorching through her section with three big wins and into the semi-finals, where she fell to Holt.
The Malaysians were using the tournament as part of their preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Ballina young gun Aaron Teys was another early casualty.
A one-shot loss in his opening game was followed by two more as he bowed out before the play-offs.
His Ballina greenkeeper mate, Mick Anderson, also failed to make it through to the second day.
American Loren Dion made easy work of his section but fell to Neil Burgess 25-23 in what was described as one of the matches of the tournament.
Burgess then lost to Butler in the semi-finals.
Former Ballina Bowling Club sports co-ordinator Tony Scott – now coach of the American bowls team – made an impressive return to his home green.
Three big wins saw him take his section but he fell to Holt in the quarters.