Top local bowlers Ayrshire bound

Bowler Ryan Burnett
Bowler Ryan Burnett

Local bowlers are hunting national titles on the other side of the country this weekend.

Representatives from Carnoustie Bowling Club, Carnoustie West End, Arbroath Bowling Club and the Abbey. Arbroath, all qualified for the Scottish National Championships.

The tournament got under way at Northfield, Ayr, on Monday, and continues until Sunday.

Carnoustie Bowling Club’s Alistair Gray kicked off the local challenge in the senior singles on Tuesday.

Unfortunately his challenge was ended at the first hurdle, losing 21-16 to Lindsay Plenderleith of Bonnyrigg.

The rink of Bob Torrie, Ray Gowans, Mike Stewart and Willie Miller were due to begin the West End campaign at 5.30 p.m. yesterday (Thursday).

Ryan Burnett, West End, gets his tournament under way in the Junior Singles today (Friday) at 9.30 a.m., followed by club compatriot Andy Furye, in the singles, on the green at 5.30 p.m.

In the ladies’ championships, Caitlin Waddilove of the Abbey Bowling Club in Arbroath is in the Junior Singles. She plays tomorrow (Saturday).

Arbroath BC are in triples action today (Friday) and their senior ladies played in the rinks on Tuesday progressing to the second round with a 16-10 victory over Blackhill.

West End president Mike Stewart told the Guide & Gazette: “We will go in with the attiude to win every game, but we certainly have expectations in the singles and the junior singles as I would expect them to do fairly well.

“The rinks, we are hopeful that we can get through a few games and really enjoy the atmosphere down there.

“It’s a really big event and one that I’ve not been involved in before.

“I’ve been playing bowls for 37 years and this is my first time down at Ayr, so I really want to take this opportunity with both hands and grab it.”

And the president’s message for everyone from the local area competing: “I Wish all the players who are representing District 5, especially those from Carnoustie West End, to stick in, do their very best and hopefully one of them will bring back a national championship.”