After a tense final two games, Kelly McKerihen, recent World Singles bronze medalist and Canada’s No.1 player, has spectacularly become the second woman to win Brighton’s prestigious 2017 ‘Grand Master’ tournament. She follows in the footsteps of State representative Gail Edwards, who won in 2014.
Coming into the 7th and final game of the two days, there were 16 players out of the 96 entrants who had a chance of claiming the major prize. Kelly successfully skipped her team to a comfortable win, completing the two days with 6 wins and +54 shots up. Ex Brighton stalwart Peter Gawthorne played very solid bowls to be the runner up (6 wins and +44 shots), whilst 2nd year bowler Garry Crole, the local bookies hope at starting odds of 100-1, unluckily missed winning his 7 games by a mere one shot, and he came in third place.
Congratulations to the hardworking team who helped make the tournament such a success, particularly Mark Jacobsen, Jack Lawton, Harley Harber, Helen Blee, Karin Harber, Sue Harford, Pam Donaldson and Graeme Spencer. And, as always, we gratefully thank our major sponsor WD Rose, and the raffle prizes supplied by The Resting Toucher.
The final placings were as follows
1st Place Kelly Mckerihen (Caulfield Park Alma)
2nd Place Peter Gawthorne (Mulgrave CC)
3rd Place Garry Crole (Brighton)
4th Place Tony Maloney (Ashburton)
5th Place Robert Briglia (Melbourne)
6th Place Glen Cook (Clayton)
7th Place Simon McDonald (Highton)
8th Place Lyn Kelly (Caulfield Park Alma)
9th Place Ann McCarthy (Caulfield Park Alma)
10th Place Gillian Baxter (Ivanhoe)
Kelly is pictured with Club Manager Mark Jacobsen (left) and BBC Tournament Director Jack Lawton