Pateley Bridge and Upper Nidderdale Crown Green Bowling Club hosted a singles tournament for 32 players on Sunday, which attracted some very big names from the Harrogate Evening League.
The majority of the competitors hailed from Division One, although mention should be made of some very worthy performances from players in the lower divisions.
The tournament was very kindly sponsored by Kendall’s Farm Butchers, who have shops in both Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.
Paul Kendall, the owner, has a history with the Pateley Bridge club, having previously won competitions as a junior bowler.
It was the first tournament of its kind to be organised by the current committee of Pateley Bridge and Upper Nidderdale Crown Green Bowling Club, whose members include Julie O’Brien – club secretary Paul Kirkbright, Bill O’Brien, Tom Beecroft, Adam Varley and Junior Tony Derrick.
Congratulations go to Black Swan, First Division bowler Dave Rouson, who emerged victorious from a very close final, eventually winning 21-15 against fellow club mate Allan Whittaker and pocketing £100 in prize money.
Runner up, Allan Whittaker, who won £50, beat Cory McLeod 21-17, Stephen Walker 21-18, Chaz Charleton 21-16 and Dave Smith 21-17.
Rouson’s journey to the top commenced with a 21-17 win over David Sunderland, a subsequent defeat of Bobby Coker in the second round to 21-18, a triumph over Derrick Fox in the quarter final 21-15, and a win against Alex Wolfenden in the semi final 21-19.
The losing semi-finalists were Dave Smith and Alex Wolfenden, who certainly excelled in all rounds, each winning a £25 share of the prize money.
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