Wagga bowler claims his second Tamworth title

DAVID Ferguson won his second Tamworth City Bowling Club Easter Singles title with a commanding 31-17 win over Ben Golledge on the Max Stewart Green  yesterday.

Golledge, living in East Maitland but playing for South Tamworth Bowling Club, said the 2011 winner was “way too strong”.

He was playing in his first Easter Singles final and followed on from third in the pairs with Stu Bayliss earlier in the weekend.

“It’s been an awesome weekend,”  Golledge said.

He’d made yesterday’s final by playing “some beautiful bowls Saturday night” and then knocking out defending champion Chris Herden 21-12 in the morning semi-final.

“He had me worried,”  Wagga bowler Ferguson admitted after pocketing the $1200 winner’s cheque.

“Ben had played some good bowls to get to the final. 

“I had to start well to try to knock some of that confidence out of him.

“I did start well and jumped out to a good lead but Ben made me earn it. 

“He came back at me in the middle stages.

“I had to play a couple of conversion shots. 

“If I didn’t I might have been in trouble.”

Ferguson admitted he had had been feeling a bit like a bridesmaid too.

“I’ve played in three of the last five finals but had only won one,” he said.

“So this was good. 

“The greens are amazing too. Fast. You had to play well and have the right touch.”

Ferguson was playing out of the Albion Park club when he last won (2011) but moved south to Wagga Wagga 18 months ago.

“I’m the bowls and events coordinator at the Wagga Rules Club,” he said.

“I’ve been there 18 months. 

“It’s a great place, and it’s a big club.

“My boss is good too – lets me come away for events like this. 

“Hopefully next year I’ll be back with a few more bowlers from Wagga.”

He faced an eight and half hour drive home after yesterday’s final and hopes to have a few more come up with him next year “to share the driving”.

Tamworth City  president Steve Booby said the weekend pairs and singles tournaments were successful again.

“We’ve had a really good weekend,”  Booby said.

“The entries for the singles were a bit disappointing but the standard of bowls played was brilliant.”

He said the win by the Manilla pairing of Justin Lamb and Terry Austin in the pairs event was a fine achievement.

“I think it was young Justin’s first tournament,” he said of a duo who were the six-game winners to snare the $1500 winner’s cheque.

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