Summerland singles attracts players from across the globe
THERE was an international flavour on the third day of the Summerland Series singles tournament at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.
Ireland, Malta, Scotland and South Africa were all represented with 32 bowlers on the greens.
Japanese bowler Ken Emura was leading the charge with two wins first up before his final game in the afternoon.
Emura represents Tweed Heads and originally started bowling in Sydney when he moved to Australia 23 years ago.
"I noticed people playing when I went to the shopping centre," Emura said.
"Now I'm retired at Tweed Heads and bowl every day.
"I always wanted to come to Australia and decided to stay when I got here."
Emura has played in the Summerland Series singles for the past three years.
He was knocked out in sectional play by Canadian international Ryan Bester last year and faced a tough task in his final game against Sunshine Coast bowler Troy Sommerville yesterday.
Emura has been a national champion in Japan along with his wife Hiro.
"Only 300 people play lawn bowls in Japan," Emura said.
"I've represented my country for a couple years now."
Lennox Head teenager Tait Collier got his first taste of Summerland Series competition yesterday.
He has only been bowling for 12 months while NSW junior champion Jono Davis was also among the field.
The field has doubled this year with 128 bowlers competing.
"There is a few young guys who wouldn't normally get the chance to play," event organiser Kris Lehfeldt said.
"Some people have said that its made it an easier event to get into but we have two divisions and the money is there.
"It hasn't been hard to fill and we've got 10 reserves here.
"Each section has been strong all the way through and we've got a lot of local clubs helping us out marking."
Former World No 1 Kelvin Kerkow will bowl in the final round of sectional play.
Local hopefuls Ben McCall, Indi Conlan and Kit Conlan also compete today.
The final is expected to be played at 6.30pm tomorrow night.