Ryan Burnett is World Junior Champion

Ryan Burnett
Ryan Burnett

Scotland’s Ryan Burnett struck gold on Australia’s Gold Coast in the World Junior Championships at the Broadbeach Bowls Club on Sunday.

Burnett, a singles silver medalist last time around, and regarded as one of the best under-age bowler on the planet, finished the singles competition as the only undefeated competitor, avenging his last year’s final loss with a crisp performance.

The Carnoustie West End member defeated brilliant Malaysian youngster Izzat Dzulkeple 21-15 in the final.

Livewire young star Dzulkeple (pronounced ‘zull keppel’) came from behind to oust big Kevin Anderson, the current Scottish senior singles champion, in the semi-final, while on an adjacent rink Burnett, who lost to Fisher last year, made short work of brilliant young Japan representative Kenta Hasebe.

Team manager Ricky Taylor: “Finals day was a cracker - Ryan Burnett became World Junior Singles Champion after defeating a spirited Malaysian 21-14. Earlier on in the day Kevin Anderson couldn’t resist a strong comeback from the Malaysian in the semi-final which put an end to the perfect final.

“However Kevin can hold his head up high for winning two bronze medals. Lesley Doig also won two bronze medals, after she was unable to produce her earlier form in the semi final and suffered a 21-1 defeat to the eventual champion.”