Local bowlers dominated the Margate Week Bowls Tournament, which concluded at Margate Bowling Club on Friday.
Both the tournament and the club’s “Magic Moments” show were very successful with 32 men’s entries and 40 women’s entries from as far afield as Johannesburg, Rustenburg and Randfontein participating in the fun but highly competitive week of bowls.
The 48th edition of the annual bowls tournament was ruled by South Coast bowlers with the top three places in the men’s tournament and the women’s winners and runners-up all made up of local players.
This year’s winners of the coveted Eddie Delve Shield were Eddie Fann, Barry Delvin, Johnny Westerveld and Mark Smith.
The runners-up were Chris Forward, Ken Tonge, Mike Jeffrey and Danny McCarthy, while Ollie Coetzer, Jan Venter, Ken Lancaster and Ally Weir finished third.
The prestigious Alf Wilcox trophy for the top women’s team was won by Kobie Stander, Denise Westerveld, Dora Vosloo and Winnie Hess.
Marthie Pringle, Lenie Geyer, Margie Randall and Vi Pells were the runners-up with Gail Mackey, Janet White, Noleen Ririe and Judy Badenhorst placing third.
The overall winners each received a R1 200 share of the prize money, which exceeded R23 000.
The players were winners off the greens as well as they raised R1 700 for Hospice from donations for the “Spider” on Wednesday morning. An additional R1 000 was raised for Child Welfare at the players’ show on Thursday night.
Vital to the success of the tournament were the loyal support of Riverside Sports Club and The Village Bowling Club and the use of their greens, facilities, catering and technical staff, without which organisers said the tournament could not take place on such a large scale.
The tournament’s major sponsors were Hibiscus Retirement Villages, Remax-by-the-Sea and Santana Holiday Resort.
The event was such a success that Honorary Member and Chief Executive of Hibiscus Retirement Villages, John Webster, confirmed their sponsorship of R12 500 for next year’s Margate Week.
Organisers thanked the sponsors for their generosity as well as local businesses who supported in the form of advertising in the handbook.