Pairs champs beat quality field
QUEENSLAND state representatives Sean Ingham and Jayden Christie took out the 56th annual Summerland Pairs at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.
Both had friends and family watching when they beat Enoggera bowler Brett Dean and Inverell's Brendon Baker 23-16 in the final.
Ingham was keeping his cards close to the chest when asked what the pair were going to do with the $3200 prizemoney.
"For us it's all about the bowls when we come to tournaments like this,” Ingham said.
"But I dare say there will be a few beers involved over the weekend.
"It's been a tough couple days here and it was great to play against some good friends in the final.
"It was a bit tricky in the wind but a couple of shots went our way and we were able to get out to a decent lead.”
The winning pair play with and against each other on the Gold Coast with Ingham on the greens at Broadbeach with the likes of Canadian international Ryan Bester.
Christie is at the power- house Helensvale club where he has been under the tutelage of Australian representative Mark Casey.
"Jayden has actually come over from Victoria but we've been mates since juniors,” Ingham said.
"We both play in the (Queensland) state men's team now so that's how it all came about.
"Jayden is already a star in the making and I really enjoy playing with mates.
"I didn't go any good in the pairs last year so it was nice to come back and win it.”
They beat New South Wales state player Carl Healey and state pairs champion Chris Herdon 16-10 in their semi-final.
Ballina pair Michael Anderson and Jono Davis made it as far as the quarter-finals before they were beaten by Baker and Dean 15-10.
Christie and Ingham will now switch focus to the Summerland Singles, with the five-day tournament starting Monday.
Ingham made the final last year and was favourite to win before he was beaten by Kevin Higson.
He will bowl on Wednesday and could come up against Christie if he gets past his section on Thursday.
Ballina bowler and six- time champion Neil Burgess will be among the field of 32 on Monday.