Garry defeats Barry in classic final
Last Sunday saw the every popular King Alfred open singles take place in glorious weather at the Walney green.
Forty eight bowlers entered all hoping to take the title however it was Salthouse’s Garry Thompson who lifted the trophy, defeating top home bowler Barry Lowden in a high class final that went to the wire, taking the game 21-19.
It was a remarkable performance by Garry as he has hardly picked up a bowl this year and so was going into the tournament cold.
He had to hit the ground running though as he found his route to the final anything but straight forward. One of the first games on at 9.15 in the morning he first dispatched of Colin White before conquering Lee Barnard and then teammate Danny Rogers. This saw him matched with home bowler and in form Ethan Lowden who had earlier bowled well to defeat Stuart Price and Roy Moxham. However Garry pulled out some big bowls at crucial times to take the game 21-16 to set up a semi final with another top home bowler in Tony Whitehouse, it was nip and tuck the whole game but Garry managed to pull it out of the bag on the last end winning 21-20, meaning that with his win in the final he had managed to defeat half of the King Alfred first team, a remarkable achievement.
Barry’s route to the final was more straight forward, having defeated Dave McRoy and Paul Hewitson to reach the quarters he them found himself up against club mate Steve Atkinson, running out a comfortable 21-11 winner and setting up his semi final with Martin Barrow who had defeated Chris Irvine 21-11 in his own quarter. Both class on the green it was perhaps surprising that Martin never really challenged Barry as he coasted to a 21-8 win, perhaps it was just the age difference that did for Martin in the end.
G THOMPSON 21 E LOWDEN 16 ; T WHITEHOUSE 21 D KENT 8 ; B LOWDEN 21 S ATKINSON 11 ; M BARROW 21 C IRVINE 11.
G THOMPSON 21 T WHITEHOUSE 20 ; B LOWDEN 21 M BARROW 8.
G THOMPSON 21 B LOWDEN 19.
It hasn’t been easy for green keepers during the pandemic but this hasn’t stopped Keith Mills producing a playing surface to be proud of and the committee would like to thank him for his hard work along with all members that helped on the day.
Finally credit and thanks to the King Alfred Hotel for sponsoring the competition in what we all know has been a tough time for the hospitality sector.
Photographs courtesy of Ces Turnbull.