White the pride of the south

Dunedin's Duane White ensured it wasn't a North Island clean sweep at the New Zealand Professional Bowls Association finals series at the Waverley Bowling club on Saturday.

Tickets to the Scottish singles, worlds singles and international singles tournaments were all up for grabs in Invercargill as a group of top New Zealand lawn bowlers went head-to-head on Friday night and the following day.

The tournament was headlined by six of the top seven New Zealand ranked Professional Bowls Association players in attendance and there was also some good hometown chances on hand.

Southland's Brian Hartstonge, was part of the Scottish singles semifinals, Shane Elliot was in the final four of the world singles and Craig Merriless was also in the semifinals of the international singles.

None of the Southland trio made their respective finals.

Hartstonge was beaten by Steve Zino, from Waikato, Elliott lost to North Harbour's Bart Robertson and No 2-ranked New Zealand player Merrilees was knocked over by Duane White.

White, who hails from Dunedin, went on to beat Wellington's Ron Ashton in the final of the international singles.

The Scottish singles final was won by Wayne Stewart, from Waikato, and off to the world singles tournament will be Robertson.

It was the first time the New Zealand finals were held in Invercargill and drew praise from New Zealand Professional Bowls Association boss Richard Corry.

"It was great hosting from Southland, there was a lot of camaraderie, everyone got on well," he said.

The Southland Times