Quintin van Jaarsveld
The spirited tradition of the Spar Margate Week Bowls Tournament was palpable when players from all corners of the country participated in the 50th anniversary of the event last week.
The much-anticipated five-day event got underway on Monday with a record 368 players and 92 teams taking to the greens at host club Margate Bowling Club, Margate Country Club, Riverside and Hibiscus Retirement Village.
A record R54 000 in prize money was up for grabs, split evenly between the men and the ladies, while stage show ‘Simply the Best’ and live entertainment by Winston Smile added to the jovial festivities.
The men’s competition was fittingly won by Margate’s Cedric Glanfield, Ken Tonge, Alan Dinning and Ron Canning, with Edenvale emerging as the winners of the ladies competition.
“It’s hands down the best ever Margate Week,” Johnny Louch, a member of the organising committee, told eHowzit.
“All week, you could sense it’s a special occasion and everybody came to the party. The standard of bowls was outstanding from both the ladies and men’s sections, the entertainment was excellent and the food was fantastic.”
Touching on the legacy of the event, Louch said, “It’s all about the community – to go outside of the club to help the underprivileged and of course to help keep the club alive.”
To that end, proceeds of Saturday evening’s show will go towards child welfare. Louch added the support of the sponsors and the community was overwhelming.
“We cannot believe the generous support we received from our sponsors. Thanks to main sponsor the Spar group, Hibiscus Retirement Village, RE/MAX Property, South Coast Tourism, The Beekman Group, Santana Holiday Resort and so many of our local businesses who advertised the events.
“A big thank you to the members of Hibiscus Retirement Village, Margate Country Club, Riverside and our host club Margate Bowling Club for their support and to the performers in ensuring a successful tournament.
“We have raised the bar and with a lot of hard work, we hope to make the 2017 Spar Margate Week a 100-team event. On behalf of all of our bowling clubs, we encourage everyone to visit the clubs and try their hand at this wonderful game.”
Photos by Arthur Ehlert