Bowls Warkworth held its premiere event for the year on May 4, drawing in 92 players from the town and surrounds, well up on last year’s 64.
It is the second year the Oaks 4 tournament has been run by the club thanks to a $4000 prize pool provided by the neighbouring Oaks on Neville retirement village.
The top prize for both the carpet and lawn green categories was $400, second $320, third $260 and so forth.
Tournament convenor John Hurdley said there were 10 teams from outside the club’s catchment, including teams from Whangarei and Orewa.
“We are on the right track to getting a bigger profile among clubs outside the area,” Hurdley says.
“Already two teams from Whangarei have signed up for the winter series games.
“The profit on the day was the biggest the club has made in 35 years, which is vital to the club’s operation.”
It was fitting way to end the season with the grass green at the Bowls Warkworth club officially closing on May 18 for the winter.
The club will host six games on its turf green for its annual winter series.
“The first two games are already fully subscribed off the back of the Oaks event, and the other two already have five or six entries.
“Some locals have missed out because of all the outside interest, but that’s why we say get in quick.”
Results: Carpet Green – Gordon Ball, Dave Carruthers, Roy Newdick, Cynthia Roper (Warkworth) 1; May Evans, Bill Lequesne, Scott Mitchel, Betty Browne (Warkworth) 2; Brian Hagger, Colin Wintle, Gerard, Kevin Robinson (Leigh) 3. Lawn Green – Stu Macdonald, Charlie Shepherd, Sue Whiteman, Sam Nelson (Warkworth) 1; Steve Cameron, Dick Wilson, Ken McGregor, Mike Beretta (Warkworth) 2; Les Hatfull, Barry Dorward, Neil Hatfull, Ernie Gidman (Warkworth).