SOUTH Tamworth Bowling Club hosted the first charity Country Music Festival Bowls tournament last week while Willow Tree hosts the first CNDBA Bowler of the Year event for 2013 this weekend.
The small Central North District Bowling Association club has 16 teams lining up for its CNDBA State Fours on the weekend with Quirindi Bowling Club taking some of the spill from Willow Tree as well.
Last week the mayor’s team took on the Country Music team headed by Dobe Newton.
About $600 was raised for cancer during the funraiser and fundraiser, South Tamworth Bowling Club bowls manager Phil Johnson said.
“It went off great for the first one,” Johnson said.
“Next year they plan to beef it up and maybe get some sponsors on board.
“Everyone loved the event and it could be played a bit later in the week too to get some more big names.”
While Johnson was delighted with that event, he is also the organiser of the CNDBA’s Bowler of the Year competition.
That begins this weekend at Willow Tree.
“We have 12 teams down there for that,” Johnson said.
“Only 12 played last year so hopefully that’s an indication of the extra interest the Bowler of the Year can generate.”
The Bowler of the Year is being run by Johnson and fellow South Tamworth member Gordon Cheney.
“Gordon’s putting together a spread sheet of all the players for the Bowler of the Year,” Johnson said.
“Anyone who enters a Bowler of the Year event gets points for entry and then points for running first, second, third and fourth are also awarded.
“It’s also for both seniors and juniors.”
Already listed for the competition are the South Tamworth Major/Minor Pairs, North Tamworth Open Pairs, West Tamworth City of Light Triples, Tamworth City Easter Triples, Werris Creek 3 Bowl Triples, Barraba Rump Day, Kootingal Triples and this weekend’s Willow Tree 4s.
“We’re still waiting on Manilla and Quirindi to nominate their events,” Johnson said.
“But it’s all shaping well and we hope it will increase coverage of all these events plus other major tournaments in the CNDBA.”