Todd wins player of year accolade

Player of the Year Phil Todd
Player of the Year Phil Todd

The Scarborough area’s crown green player of the year accolade for 2012 must go to Hunmanby hot-shot Phil Todd.

Not only did Todd win the summer Champion of Champions decider, played on his home green, but he also won singles merit competitions at Eastfield, Hunmanby and North Cliff, and with clubmate Pete Richards won two doubles competitions.

Among the contenders for the accolade were Andrew Deighton, who won the Scarborough Association’s men’s singles merit and the prestigious Hospital Cup, as well as, with clubmate Chris Bielby, being runner-up in the Rosebowl Doubles and the East Yorkshire Doubles competitions, Borough’s Mick Gates, Whitby’s Alan Landers and Dukes Park’s David Lowe were also in the running.

Jo Leeman, of Whitby BC, was the only lady to win an open singles merit during the year.

The last of this year’s merit competitions will be a singles event at Borough BC on Sunday, 9am start.

The crown green bowling fraternity is to make 2013 a charity supporting year.

At the annual meeting of the Scarborough and District CGBA it was decided to revert its Hospital Cup competition to its original intention of raising money for charity.

In recent years the competition has been entry-free with members playing out qualifying rounds at the nine member clubs and four qualifiers from each club going into the grand finals. The winner has held the trophy for one year.

From the 2013 season players will still play qualifying rounds at their own clubs but will have to pay a £5 entry fee. The eventual winner will receive the trophy and all the entry fees to decide the charity to which they will be donated.

It is felt that this change could raise the profile of crown green bowling in the area with a possible spin off benefit of attracting new players to the game.

In future players in the qualifying rounds of the Hospital Cup and the Boyes Cup will be required to play at the club for which they play league bowls, with them having a choice if they play for two or more clubs. Players who do not play league bowls can choose where to play their qualifying round.

The Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club’s usually popular Xmas Tournament will be held today, 10am-4pm, as a mixed-triples competition, at a cost of £2.50 each player.

The bowls centre will be open 9am-4pm from today to New Year’s Eve, closed on New Year’s Day, and return to the normal 9am-10pm opening from Wednesday January 2.

The fixtures for all the 2013 spring leagues have now been completed and skips should collect their fixture details from reception at a convenient time.

Ladies captain Brenda Foster and Margaret Jaques ran a Christmas fundraiser when members, staff and visitors helped to raise £782.