The Hawcoat Park ‘open’ Pairs event, sponsored by Schofield Construction, was won by Barry Lowden and Tony Whitehouse on the greens at Hawcoat Park on Sunday 15th September, in defeating the Walney pairing of Chris Irvine and Zac Walker,
on a day that was threatened by showers, but fortunately managed to stay dry albeit cool at times.
In the earlier rounds, the losing finalists had seen off the challenge of David Bell & Richard Hall, home pairing of Colin Knipe & Jim Bawden, Mike Askew & Ken Knowles from Askam in the quarter finals and the Glaxo duo of Derek Bell & Steve Viney in the semi’s.
In the other half of the draw, played on no.1 green, Baz & Tony had also avoided the prelims, but from a strong field of 40 pairs, the eventual winners conquered Tony Gooding & Gareth Brunton and Roy Moxham & Mike Fieldhouse in the early rounds, before defeating home green bowlers and last years beaten finalists Geoff Maudsley & Ken Judge in the quarters, after which they met up with one half of last years winning combination with Andy Thornton partnering Lakes bowler Paul Kissock on this occasion, in a closely fought semi final.
The King Alfred pairing continued their excellent form and tactical play in the final, and with Chris & Zac carrying no luck in going through countless gaps, Baz & Tony opened up with 4 chalks and continued on to a comfortable win.
The Hawcoat Park Bowling Club would like to thank sponsors Schofield Construction, all the competitors for an excellent day of bowls, the ladies for providing the refreshments, and all markers, measurers and supporters without which these events could not take place.
A Thornton & P Kissock 21 v K Roebuck & M Coulter 10
B Lowden & T Whitehouse 21 v G Maudsley & K Judge 18
C Irvine & Z Walker 21 v M Askew & K Knowles 17
D Bell & S Viney 21 v S Ashburn & A Milliard 18
B Lowden & T Whitehouse 21 v A Thornton & P Kissock 18
C Irvine & Z Walker 21 v D Bell & S Viney 15
B Lowden & T Whitehouse 21 v C Irvine & Z Walker 8