MORE than 100 ten-pin bowlers from around the country headed to Scarborough for an annual over-50s tournament this week.
Teams from Newcastle, Hinckley (Leicestershire), Watford, Derby, Kenilworth (Warwickshire), Lichfield (Nottinghamshire) and Scarborough were hoping to strike a rich vein of form at the Scarborough over-50s Friendship Centre tournament at Olympia Leisure. Twenty-nine teams entered the event, with 116 bowlers taking part.
Organiser Bernard Dungworth was delighted with the success of the event, which ran from Monday, which was an introduction evening, followed by two days of bowling and a presentation day yesterday.
“It has been a superb week with some very good bowling from players hailing from all parts of the country.
“The event emphasises friendship as our club is based upon it, but there was still some top-class bowling.”
He added: “On Tuesday the winning team came from Hinckley, with Scarborough teams finishing fifth and sixth.
“The following day sees all the top ranked players mixed up with the rest of the bowlers, which gives everyone a chance of winning trophies.
“There were eight Scarborough players who earned a trophy as part of a mixed team, they were; Eric Wait, Ann Chambers, Andrea Taylor, Mel Riley, Jenny Parker, Sue Howard, Val Hegarty and Richard Taylor - who was the leading home player.”
“The overall men’s winner was Phil Boswell from Hinckley with 728 points, just two points ahead of Newcastle’s John Hewitt, with Tony Nobury (Hinckley in third on 725.
“The overall women’s winner was Nan Thomas, also of Hinckley, with 655, Linda Dixon (Hinckley) in second on 589 and Newcastle’s Sandra Ferguson in third with 558 points.”
Dungworth said: “Yesterday we had a hugely successful presentation day at the Grand Hotel, which - as well as seeing all the trophies handed out - included entertainment from singer James Aconley and a raffle draw.
“We are a self-funded group so the raffle is very important to use as it helps us put this event, which is now in its 13th year, on every year. It is good for the town to have a competition such as this which attracts visitors from all over the country.”