A full field of 80 has entered the 28th annual Palmerston North Bowling Club’s “Golden Oldies” tournament early next month.
The popular four-day event draws club and composite sides from many parts of the North Island with many players regarding it as their highlight of the season.
Restricted to players aged 60 and above, it has featured many of the top names in New Zealand bowls, ever since Taranaki’s Dave Baldwin (Paritutu) won the inaugural event in 1985.
Baldwin, a Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and three-time Dominion champion, has just turned 90 and still plays the occasional game. He won the “Golden Oldies” title on four occasions, as did another former New Zealand rep, Vic Sellars (Northern).
Last year’s champion team, skipped by Ian Mahoney (Central Levin), is returning, as is the 2010 winner, Phil Harris, who also plays out of the same club. Regular attendee, Peter Clark (Tauranga South), who made the last 16 at the recent Taranaki open men’s fours, is also in the field.
Members of the host club have also enjoyed success over the years, with Ray Dunn having won it on three occasions in the early 1990s, along with Brian Grammer (2003), Rex Easton (2004), Lindsay Toms (2007 and 2009) and Eric Watson (2008).
The “Golden Oldies” starts on Tuesday, March 6, and is played on the three greens at PNBC and two greens at Terrace End.