Golden Nugget king Kelvin Kerkow has given up his renowned hairstyle.
Golden Nugget king Kelvin Kerkow has given up his renowned hairstyle. Blainey Woodham

Kelvin's new look turns heads

LAWN bowls champion Kelvin Kerkow turned heads yesterday when he officially accepted an invitation to open the 2011 Golden Nugget Prestige Singles.

He was bald.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist had maintained his famous flat-top look for more than 25 years but shaved it all off for charity as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

“It was pretty scary really but it’s all for a good cause,” Mr Kerkow said. “Some say it looks good; some say I look like I just got out of jail; some say it makes me look younger.

“The hair is going to grow, so I’m not going to look like this forever, but it is very different going zero all over.”

Mr Kerkow said he was not the only one daring to shave his head at the Nerang Community Bowls Club on Sunday.

He was joined by many who coloured their hair, one who shed a 26-year-old beard and one man who waxed his entire body.

Fellow bowls champ and long-time friend Steve Glasson said he couldn’t remember ever seeing Mr Kerkow without his trademark do.

“It’s got to be one of the funniest and all-time most frightening things I have ever seen,” Mr Glasson said.

“Kerkow has joined in one of the best charities one could wish to help with.”

Mr Kerkow has been invited to open the 2011 Golden Nugget Prestige Singles at Tweed Heads Bowls Club starting on August 8.

“It’s one of the funniest, most frightening things I’ve seen.”



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