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Bowls In Focus : November 2011
28 Bowls In Focus Plumbtec Golden Pairs Atingling one-shot win against the overnight leaders on the morning of day three paved the way for Heathmont’s Neville Brown to become only the second multiple winner of the $35,000 Plumbtec Golden Pairs at Numurkah Golf Bowls Club last month. In unison with uncle Norm from Ocean Grove, the Browns went on to be one of two undefeated pairs after the event’s nine gruelling 21-end matches over three days. Ironically, the overnight leaders were Clayton’s Brad Martin and Matty Kurta from Alma, and it is Martin who is the other player with two Plumbtec Golden Pairs victories to his credit. These were with Todd Simmons in the inaugural 2005 event, and in 2008 when partnered by Brendan McCallum. Similarly, Neville Brown’s first win came in 2006 when he joined forces with Kew Heights veteran Doug O’Connell to clinch the biggest payload of his career. The other undefeated team, and runners-up at this year’s event, was the Eaglehawk combination of Garry Beckham and Ray McCumber, while former international Barrie Lester from Moonee Ponds and Melbourne’s Scott Mortimer collected eight wins and a draw to claim third place. There were big names in every contest when the 74 teams went out for day one’s opening round at the Numurkah, Numurkah Golf and Wunghnu clubs, while this year the Tallygaroopna club was also pressed into service to accommodate the field. Two of the teams containing the biggest names were pitted first up when last year’s winners Matty Rennex from Altona and Melbourne’s Dylan Fisher faced last year’s runners-up Todd Simmons from Melbourne and Altona’s Brad Peck. Simmons and Peck managed to get over the line in that one, but would finish the enduro with seven wins and a draw in sixth place – one behind Rennex and Fisher – but in a frenzy of scoring the duo returned the amazing aggregate of 148-shots-up. At the completion of the first day’s three rounds there were fifteen undefeated teams, while 24-hours later only six remained unscathed from their six starts. These were Martin and Kurta on +68, the Browns + 62, Lester and Mortimer +58, Beckham and McCumber +52, Mal Williams from Shepparton Golf and Dennis McHarry from Shepparton RSL Pop in and meet the new owners Gary and Ann Border Bowls Shop Little shop... BIG reputation Suppliers of the latest bowls, accessories and apparel Open Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm and Sat mornings 9am-noon Shop 4/90 Melbourne Street Mulwala NSW 2647 MAIL ORDERS are our speciality Phone 03 5743 3112 Gold Rush For Brown Team • Above: Plumbtec’s Bruce Agnew with winners Neville and Norm Brown. • Left: Heathmont’s Neville Brown became the second dual winner at Numurkah Golf.