Vernon triumphs in open singles tourney

LOCAL bowler Vernon Russell triumphed in the Forfar Open Bowling Tournament singles competition at the weekend, defeating Ed Mason in the final.

The weather may have been unkind but the standard of bowling remained high throughout the week and no fewer than four previous winners battled their way through to the last eight of the competition.

Neil McIntosh, winner in 2005, squeezed through against 2009 champ Brian Thomson from Canmore, but was then eliminated in similar fashion by Ed Mason at the semi-final stage.

Ollie Chalmers, winner in 1993, also fell to Ed Mason in a high quality last eight game, but recovered his composure to help evergreen John Aimer to win the pairs competition.

Angus senior finalist John D’arcy accounted for Carnoustie West End top five singles specialist Rob Torrie in the last eight, but lost his semi-final match to the in-form Vernon Russell, who also accounted for Scottish pairs champion Ryan Burnett in the last eight.

The final between Ed Mason and Vernon Russell was very closely contested, played in good spirits and a high standard was attained in wet conditions.

A crucial three in Vernon’s favour when sitting on fourteen shots allowed the local bowler the opportunity to inch his way to a very well deserved victory against a very gutsy opponent.

The pairs competition saw John Aimer and Ollie Chalmers battle back from eight-nil down to beat the youthful Tom Aitchison and inspired lead Gordon Marshall.

The play-off for the Jim Laird Salvers for the local pair who went furthest in the competition saw Canmore pair Alistair Noble and Verdun Watt get the better of another Canmore pair, Raymond Gall and David Stephen by a single shot.