New record for Summerland Singles
QUEENSLAND bowler Jake Rynne is only 13 years old but has already been bowling for almost half his life.
The 13-year-old is believed to be the youngest bowler to play in the Summerland Singles during its 58-year history at the Ballina Bowling Club.
The Dalby product who now represents North Toowoomba was one of 32 bowlers who took part in the first day of competition yesterday.
"My grandpa introduced me to the game when I was five or six and I've been playing ever since,” Jake said. "It's probably not typical for someone my age to be playing lawn bowls but I've made mates from it who are around my age.
"If more kids gave it a go I'm sure they would really enjoy it and there would be more of us out here.”
There was plenty of local talent on the greens yesterday with the likes of Neil Burgess, Luke Jones and Peter Taylor competing
Some of the best bowlers from Queensland were also there with Kurt Brown and Scott DeJongh on the greens.
Jake had an early lead in his game against Rose Rixon before he was eventually beaten 21-20.
He has already been staying in Ballina for a week after playing in the pairs competition.
"It was tough out there at times, but she played better and deserved the win in the end,” Jake said. "It's all about getting experience and getting to play against some of the quality bowlers who are here.
"My mum drives me everywhere and I thank her a lot for that.
"I'm really looking forward to staying around for a few more days and hopefully I can be here at the end of it.”
The competition continues today with 2015 winner Ray Glasser and former world No 1 Kelvin Kerkow among the field.