THE South Tamworth Bowling Club is preparing to host one of the state's most prestigious bowls tournaments.
The NSW Champion of Club Champions tournament will see the state's best bowlers battle it out over five days in both singles and pairs competition.
To qualify for the event, players must have won their club championship for the year, before winning their regional championship and, finally, their zone championship.
South Tamworth Bowling Club chief executive officer Owen Walker said the qualification process meant only "the cream of the crop" would compete at the event.
"All 16 zones that make up Bowls NSW will be taking part in this event, which makes it very special," Walker told the Leader.
"Qualifying for this tournament is exceptionally difficult, so you know only the best of the best will be taking part.
"As a club, we are raring to go and we are really proud to be hosting this event this year and next year."
The prestigious tournament marks the third major event the club has hosted this year, after first hosting the NSW number three pennant finals in June and the women's state championships last month.
"Numbers-wise, this event will be much smaller than those past two events," Walker said.
"However, while it is a bit smaller, it is one of the most highly anticipated events on our sport's calendar.
"The best of the best will be here, so it should offer up some first-class bowls for spectators and fans alike."
The region will be well represented at the tournament, as West Tamworth Bowling Club's Nick Golledge will represent zone 3 in the singles, while Inverell RSM's Darren Hungerford and Doug Newton will compete in the pairs.
"We will certainly be supporting our zone's representatives, but as a club, we are just hoping for a high-quality tournament," Walker said.
"Given elite guys like Rex Johnson, who is one of Australia's most capped bowlers, Matthew Baus and Nathan Dawson will all be competing, I'm sure that's exactly what we will get."
The champion of champions tournament will run from Sunday, October 13, to Friday, October 18.