Kerkow's golden opportunity
ONE of Australia's most prestigious bowls tournaments, the Golden Nugget Invitation Prestige Singles, got under way in near-perfect conditions at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
Twelve of the country's best men and women bowlers took to the greens in pursuit of the $6000 purse for the winners.
Back to defend his men's singles title is South Tweed Sports' Kelvin Kerkow, but he wasn't thinking about his chance at history.
No man has been able to go back-to-back in winning titles since the competition started in 1986.
“I've had a good lead-up to this comp, coming runner-up in the Queensland singles championship last week, but I know there's a tough field here for the Nugget,” Kerkow said.
“Tweed and this competition has always been a good hunting ground for me, but I am just treating this as another tournament.
“I have a tough start to the competition, against Steve Glasson and the results between us are fairly even.
“This year things are a bit different with the sectional play, with the best two going through to the semis.
“That suits me fine as I tend to do better working through a semi format.”
It's probably just as well for Kerkow who, playing with a back injury, went down in his opening match to Glasson 25-13.
Glasson was always in control of the match on the fast-running greens and will be looking to add another Golden Nugget title to his list of accomplishments after claiming the singles in 2007.
In other results, Queensland singles champion Nathan Rice was defeated by NSW's Cory Daley 25-20 and last year's runner-up in the men, Hec Beswick was beaten by Queenslander Sean Baker 25-8.
In the women's draw, Tweed Bowls' Lyn Cutherbertson defeated NSW single champion Gloria Clifton in a close match 25-24 and the only New Zealander in the tournament, Jo Edwards downed NSW's Sharyn Renshaw 25-21.
Sectional play continues today with round two commencing at 9.30am and round three at 1.30pm at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
Seating to watch the Golden Nugget is free and for those who can't get to the greens, live scores are being posted on the internet and can be accessed through the website at www.thbc.com.au