The Ballina Summerland Series bowls singles tournament attracted 64 entrants, including seven of Australia’s top ten bowlers.
Preliminary rounds took place on January 4 and 5 before the final’s day on January 6.
‘Despite some bad weather on the second day everything went to plan,’ organiser Warren Binney said. ‘The only top-ten bowlers that didn’t make it were from Victoria, SA or WA,’ he said.
All up there were $12,000 worth of prizes in the singles with the winner, Gary Kelly, collecting $4000 and the runner up, Kane Nelson, taking home $2000.
There were a few upsets in the preliminary rounds, but on finals day the ranked players held four of the final eight positions.
A good crowd was in attendance to watch at the Cherry Street Bowling Club, but the finals day was also broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. At one stage there were 7,000 online views, Warren said.
The event was preceded by the Summerland Pairs, played late last year, over December 29–31.
Across the two events there was a prize pool of $25,600, and 414 Australian ranking points on offer.