ST JOHNS Park (Sydney) bowler Mathew Pietersen had his fair share of luck when he took out the Summerland Singles at the Ballina Bowling Club yesterday.
The 22-year-old was forced to come from behind in all three of his games including a 30-20 victory in the final over former world No1 and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kelvin Kerkow.
Pietersen struggled to find his rhythm early and was behind 11-6, but eventually fought back to 13-all.
"I was a little bit worried, especially going up against someone as good as Kerkow," Pietersen.
"I thought maybe if he started missing a few then I would be a chance and that's exactly what happened.
"I kept drawing and he kept missing."
Earlier, after trailing 24-18, Pietersen scraped through against Lennox Head bowler Neil Burgess 25-24 in the semi-final.
Burgess thought he had it wrapped up until a mis-timed bowl from Pietersen ended up bringing him back to 24-20 and the momentum shifted back to the Sydney bowler.
"Neil should have been playing in the final and it was a miracle that I was able to beat him," Pietersen said.
"I just married an Italian girl that goes to church a bit, so that might have had something to do with it."
Pietersen is an Australian Under-25 representative and was the youngest player to win the NSW state singles as a 16-year-old in 2006.
He was also part of theSt Johns Park team that won the State No1 pennant finals at Ballina in July last year.
"I started bowling seriously in 2003 and now that I've finished uni I'm keen to give it a real crack this year," Pietersen said.
The win was worth $3200 to Pietersen, with Kerkow collecting $1600.