Bowls: Bute open tournament winners are crowned

Bute's open bowling tournament champions with Danniella Wokes, whose dad Gordon is Bute Bowling Association's president and who presented the prizes on Saturday. From left: Danniella Wokes, Liz McHugh, John Gilchrist, Lawra Cox, Wendy Grant, Alan Cowan and Billy Wilson.
Bute's open bowling tournament champions with Danniella Wokes, whose dad Gordon is Bute Bowling Association's president and who presented the prizes on Saturday. From left: Danniella Wokes, Liz McHugh, John Gilchrist, Lawra Cox, Wendy Grant, Alan Cowan and Billy Wilson.

Bowlers from all over Britain gathered at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday to watch the finals of Bute’s annual open tournament.

The finals provided a fitting climax to a week of competition on the Ardbeg, Rothesay and Craigmore greens, involving bowlers from as far afield as Bridge of Earn in Perthshire and Aylsham in Norfolk.

In the end, though, home advantage proved significant in three of Saturday’s four finals - including both he ladies’ and gents’ singles.

Ardbeg’s Liz McHugh won the ladies’ singles title, beating Jessie McNaughton of Colintraive 21-12 in the final, while John Gilchrist of Rothesay took the gents’ singles championship with a 21-17 final win over another Colintraive player, John Black.

The gents’ pairs title was guaranteed to go to Rothesay even before the final began, but in the end Alan Cowan and Billy Wilson took the prize with a convincing 21-12 win over clubmates Matt Martin and Haig Reynolds.

The ladies’ pairs was the only competition to be won by an off-island pair, with Lawra Cox of Millport and West Kilbride’s Wendy Grant taking the title after a comfortable 19-7 win over the Rothesay pair of Joan Reynolds and Cathy McMurchie.

The prizes were presented to the winners, runners-up and losing semi-finalists by Danniella Wokes, whose dad Gordon is president of the tournament’s organisers, the Bute Bowling Association.

* For more detail on all Saturday’s finals, don’t miss the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 22.