The Lawn Bowls Association of Thailand held their annual Singles tournament at an indoor venue for the first time on March 2nd and 3rd. The top 28 Thai male and female lawn bowlers were at Coco Club Resort, located just outside Pattaya, to enjoy a friendly but serious weekend of lawn bowling which would normally decide who will represent Thailand for the coming year. Very competitive bowling was seen and after a day and a half of play and with the finals on a 1 hour 20 mins or first to 21 scoreline, there was no time wasting.
The men’s event went generally according to ranking with Bangkok based Ing (Acting Sub Lt. Sakpraset Mitsaha) just outstaying the younger challenge of Num (Tanumsak Kinsorn) by just one bowl (17-16) in the final and Bus (Acting Sub Lt. Aunurek Rotmanee) edging Tan (Chaithai Kanganakparn) 21-18 for the 3rd and 4th place.
Winners pose with their trophies alongside organizers and officials at the Thailand Lawn Bowls National Singles tournament held at Coco Club Resort, Pattaya, Sunday, March 3.
Our local hopeful Bank pulled out all the stops in winning all three qualifying rounds but just fell short at the quarter finals stage.
The ladies competition was a different story with the Bangkok representatives being outplayed by the local girls who took all three top spots. Thanom Karnrandee was well focused all the weekend but was just outfought in the semi final by Coco’s own Sue Bryant to set up the final against Lek Pettyfer, who had just overcome Songsin Chou from Bangkok. Thanom went on to win 3rd spot against Songsin 21-15 and Lek was pushed all the way but held on to an early 8–0 lead to resist a run in from a resurgent Sue to win 21-17.
The winners received 20,000 baht, runners up 10,000 baht and play offs 5,000 baht and a cup from the Lawn Bowls Association of Thailand in association with the Coco Club and sponsors Singha.