It promises to be a big weekend for the King Bowling Club when they host their annual Old Buck-sponsored “Annual Classic”.
At the time of writing, 19 teams had confirmed their entries but current bowls president, Gordon McCune, said the club was working hard to attract at least a further three guest teams.
In what is the highest amount of prize money offered by any of the Border clubs, R8,000 goes to the winners, R6,000 to the runners-up, R4,000 for third place and R2,000 for fourth place.
On arrival, all bowlers will receive gift packs while those bowlers representing the four home teams will receive sponsored playing shirts.
The classic was first started in 1974 and was known as the Star Motors Classic. Over the years, many Springbok bowlers were invited to play, including household names such as Doug Watson, and Nando Gatti, Simon Botha, Wayne Perry, Gerry Baker, Billy Radloff and current Proteas coach Theuns Fraser.
At the time, their accommodation and flights were sponsored plus they were handed pocket money. But in 2014 the Classic ran at a loss due to several sponsors having withdrawn and it was decided to discontinue the invites.
McCune said the Classic was still an important event for the club.
“The Classic is one of the highlights of the year and a lot of hard work behind the scenes is being done.
“Our greens should be acceptable, our catering ladies always spoil visiting bowlers and we hope the weather will play game,” McCune said.
“We as a club are grateful to Ivor Penny from the King Bottle Store for organising our generous sponsorship, without which our Classic would not be possible.”