This past weekend saw the Doug Watson Memorial Tournament being played at Margate Bowling Club.
A total of 34 teams participated in the tournament, which honours the life of the Margate Country Club Hall of Famer.
At the age 29, Watson became the youngest bowler in history to represent South Africa in 1972 and famously won the singles world title as a member of the South African team who swept the boards at the 1976 World Outdoor Bowls Championships on Johannesburg’s Zoo Lake greens.
He won 14 of his 15 matches to win the singles ahead of Bob Middleton of Australia and David Bryant of England, while he and Bill Moseley won 13 of their 15 matches to be crowned pairs world champions.
He served as Margate Bowling Club president in 2004 and 2005 and died in Hibiscus Hospital in Port Shepstone in November 2005 at the age of 62.
Watson played most of his bowls at Springswood on the East Rand before moving to Margate in 2001 with long-time partner and fellow bowler Anne Raubenheimer, and served as Margate Bowling Club president in 2004 and 2005.
A diabetic, Watson passed away in November 2005 at the age of 62.
Watson’s legacy led to some inspired performances, none more so than that of the Port Shepstone Country Club team of captain and South African team stalwart Eddie Fann, Roy Anderson, Pam Cole-Cook and Vie Pells, who won the tournament on 34 points.