Strong turnout for club’s 50th Anzac tourney

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Central Otago has chalked up its 50th Anzac Bowling Tournament.

The event, hosted on April 17-18 by the Alexandra Bowling Club, attracted bowlers from as far away as Rangiora and Bluff as they played for a prize pool of $6500.

However, it was the team made up of Ritchie Muir, of Wanaka, Warren Tisdall, of Taieri, Ken McConnell and Connor Muir, both of Clyde, which took home the top prize.

They were one of 52 teams, consisting of four players, which competed on greens in Omakau and Alexandra.

Qualifying took place on the Saturday and post section play on Sunday.

Alexandra Bowling Club president John Lochhead presented Rex Sim, of the Tainui Bowling Club, with a set of engraved glasses in recognition of his dedication to the tournament.

Sim has played in the tournament each year since its inception in 1970.

Lochhead said last year would have marked the 50th event, but due to Covid-19 it could not go ahead.

He said although the event was back on the calendar this year and attracted another strong turnout, numbers were not as high as they could have been, again due to Covid-19.

Three teams were hoping to attend from Mooloolaba, in Australia, but were not able to because the transtasman bubble did not open until after the tournament started.

A transtasman exchange between Mooloolaba and Central Otago bowlers has been something they had often taken part in, but until now have had to put those plans on hold.

Now, with the transtasman bubble open for business, that exchange could soon be back on the cards.