Lawn Bowls champ $50k richer after huge win at Dudley Park tournament

Australian lawn bowls champion Aaron Wilson is $50,000 richer after scaling the heights to take out a win in the Everest of Bowls tournament at Dudley Park Bowling Club over the weekend.

The national star was prolific in front of a 450-strong crowd at Dudley Park, edging out determined New South Wales representative Ben Twist in a final that concluded four days of high quality bowls.

Wilson progressed to the final on the back of a prolific win over West Australian Robbie Tiller, where his fine form continued as he pulled off a thrilling 31-22 win over Twist.

The win comes shortly after Wilson was named in the last six-man squad for the Commonwealth Games, and sees him pocket a cool $50,000 while Twist took home $10,000 for his runner-up effort.

Tiller and current reigning Australian open singles champion Nathan Pederson both collected $2,000 for their semi final appearances.

Aaron Wilson (left) celebrates his win with Damien McGee and Nathan Rice. Photo: Supplied.

Aaron Wilson (left) celebrates his win with Damien McGee and Nathan Rice. Photo: Supplied.

There was also some local success to celebrate in the tournament, with Dudley Park bowler Mark Simpson winning his way into the top eight with a brilliant display.

Visiting entrant Damien McGee, who sponsored Wilson into the event, was glowing in his praise of Dudley Park.

“The greatest run tournament I have been involved in,” he said. 

“Dudley park and there staff should be proud of the effort and involvement of all concerned.

“I can guarantee all players will return. Awesome effort.”

Dudley Park Bowling Club captain and event organiser Russell Tyrrell was thrilled with the outcome and feedback of the tournament, saying the club would look to expand next year.

“It really exceeded our expectations as a club,” he said.

“To have so many people down here on the weekend and cheering the competitors on was great to hear, and all the feedback we’ve received from the bowls community has been excellent.

“We’ll look at increasing the total prize pool to $84,000 or maybe even $96,000 next time round.”

For more information on the Dudley Park Bowling Club call 9535 2695.