Younger and younger on the bowling greens
HISTORY has been made twice in the same week by lawn bowlers Kane Nelson and Jake Rynne in the Summerland Singles at Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.
Tournament organiser Kris Lehfeldt was confident 13-year-old Jake Rynne on Monday became the youngest bowler to compete in the 58-year-history of the event.
Fast forward to Thursday and 12-year-old Brisbane bowler Kane Nelson was out on the green after his older brother Jacob and father Greg Nelson had played on Wednesday.
"It took another couple of looks at the names to see we had Kane playing here as well,” Lehfeldt said.
"We've had that many juniors come through this year it's hard to keep track of them all.
"This would be the most and strongest group of kids we've had play here.”
Kane has been bowling since he was four and won a Queensland state under-15 title when he was nine.
He has already played against some of the best in the game including Australian representatives Alex Marshall and Brett Wilkie.
Being the youngest in the field is nothing new to Kane and is something he has learned to embrace.
"It's no big deal for me, I'm usually the shortest, too,” he said
"I'm pretty sure I was the youngest (in the under-15 division) when I won the state title in 2014.
"I've just come here to have fun but I'm glad Ben Twist wasn't in my section because that would have been hard work.”
His introduction to bowls might not have happened if his father, who was a keen golfer, did not have a car accident 12 years.
It was what brought Greg across to lawn bowls and the boys followed soon enough.
Jacob was cheering his brother on yesterday as Greg kept a close eye on the competition, scoring one of the games on the rink next to Kane.
"He (Greg) had the car accident just before I was born,” Kane said.
"It's always fun playing against dad and my brother.”
Jacob made it out of his section on Wednesday before losing to Broadbeach bowler Sean Ingham.
Ingham is hoping to go one better this year after making the final against Kevin Higson in 2016.
The finals will be played today with the winning taking home $3200.