Burgess gets sixth title
LENNOX HEAD lawn bowler Neil Burgess has won his sixth Summerland Singles Title at the Ballina Bowling Club. The match was played on Sunday in driving wind and rain.
Burgess defeated Australian squad member and defending Summerland Singles champion Shane Globits 31-15 to claim the first prize purse of $2400, 11 years after winning the last of his previous five titles.
Burgess said it was a great honour to win the title.
"In all regards, I was lucky on the day and he (Globits) was a little bit off," Burgess said.
Burgess, who is a former NSW representative, gained the ascendancy after 15 ends in the final but the Lennox local said he didn't feel comfortable until he led 28-14.
Globits, who will pick up $1200 as runner-up will play singles for Australia later this month in the Tri-Series against New Zealand and Malaysia in Melbourne.
Burgess credited the difficult conditions with helping him take his sixth Summerland title, and said the greenkeeper had done a fantastic job.
"But in this weather you need a little less touch and a fair bit of weight in the heavy conditions," he said.
In earlier rounds there had been some close calls, including a post-sectional game against Garry Pearson of Double Bay.
The 50-year-old prevailed 21-17 and had another tough match against Garry Mounsey of Mermaid Beach in the semi-final.
Burgess took this game 25-22.
Globits also had difficulties and at one stage almost missed the tournament altogether after he forgot to enter. Luckily another player pulled out, and Globits was given a last-minute reprieve.