South Lismore bowler Jamie Eichorn was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Summerland Series singles tournament at Ballina.
South Lismore bowler Jamie Eichorn was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Summerland Series singles tournament at Ballina. Marc Stapelberg

Local bowlers bow out on final day of Summerland Series

SOUTH Lismore bowler Jamie Eichorn experienced the highs and lows on the final day of the Summerland Series singles tournament at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.

Eichorn made it past post sectional play and had a 21-8 win against Luke Day.

He looked certain to make the final four leading 20-13 in the quarter-finals against Kevin Higson before he was rundown in a 21-20 thriller.

Eichorn is no stranger to the Summerland Series - he is the youngest person to have won the singles, having secured the title as a 16 year old in 2010.

He was the last remaining local bowler in the gold division with Higson beating South Lismore teammate Ben McCall earlier in the competition.

"It was a bit disappointing at the end there. I would have liked to have gone a bit further," Eichorn said.

"I haven't played the last couple of years and it was good to have a bit of crowd support today.

"He got the better of me at the end there but it has still been a good week."

Eichorn made it to the semi-finals of the Summerland Series pairs tournament with McCall last week.

Higson went on to win the $3000 singles final after a 21-16 effort against Sunshine Coast bowler Troy Sommerville in the semi-final.

He then beat Broadbeach bowler Sean Ingham 21-17 in the final.

Ingham beat new Ballina recruit Steve Halmai 21-20 in the semi-final.

Elsewhere, South Lismore bowler Ryan Digby and Kurt Brown contested the $1200 silver division final.

Brown won 21-19.



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