East Lothian 15/2

East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club held it’s hugely successful Pro-Am tournament for a third year on Sunday 10th February at the Alex Marshall Arena.  The event featured twenty four triples and the cream of world bowls in the shape of Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, Stewart Anderson, Darren Burnett, Ronnie Duncan, Iain McLean and Davie Peacock.  As well as these world stage stars on show the cream of Scottish, English and East Lothian Indoor bowlers took part alongside those from the Scottish Para-bowls scene and local qualifying triples.  The tournament was once again supported by sponsorship from Johnston Oils and Medical & Professional Consultancy & Financial Planning.  The tournament gives the youngsters of the East Lothian youth section the chance to play with the world stage stars as each of them is paired up with two invited players.

Making it through the final stages were teams skipped by Darren Burnett, Alex Marshall MBE, Joe Mower and Colin Walker. The first semi final saw an epic battle won by Callum Henderson, Thomas Mann and Walker 7-5 over the trio of Lennon Rafferty, Ronnie Duncan & Burnett. The other semi final witnessed Chris Brock, Dean Riva & Joe Mower defeat Keiron Dodds, David Peacock & Alex Marshall MBE 6-3.

The final was a tight affair but excellent lead play from Henderson guided Colin Walkers triple to a 6-3 win over Joe Mower’s team.

After winning, the victorious skip Colin Walker said “Without doubt this event is an excellent opportunity for the East Lothian youths to gain experience on the big stage. Our lead Callum Henderson was brilliant all day and is has to be said all the youth players performed very well”

Event organiser Billy Mellors added “Our 3rd Pro-Am has been a great success. Huge thanks to our sponsors and all the International players who gave their time to the event and made our youth players feel at ease on and off the green. Once again the youths were the real stars on show and I know the future of East Lothian Bowls looks in great shape”

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