Big name bowlers to hit Dudley Park for shot at $100k prize pool

Some of the nation’s best lawn bowlers and a handful of international stars will hit the Dudley Park Bowling Club for a shot at the $100,000 prize pool in the second annual Everest of Bowls event this October.

The tournament is the richest paying singles competition in the country, and will see the entire Australian Commonwealth Games men’s team hit the greens along with plenty of local, statewide, national and international players.

First place will take home a whopping $50,000 cheque, while there are handsome rewards for second ($12,000) and third ($10,000).

The Dudley Park Bowling Club will be buzzing by the time the Everest rolls around. Photo: Justin Rake.

The Dudley Park Bowling Club will be buzzing by the time the Everest rolls around. Photo: Justin Rake.

A string of competitors who finish within the top 18 will also take home $1000 for their efforts.

This year will see the tournament increase from 64 competitors to 96, and is expected to attract upwards of 1500 spectators.

Dudley Park Bowling Club bowls manager Don Nash said the club was thrilled ahead of the event’s second installment, and would look to build on the success of the first.

“Last year, being the first time we hosted an event the size of the Everest, it was almost a bit of a test run,” he said.

“This year we’ve got everything down pat – it’s a really exciting time for the club to be able to welcome all these people to our facilities.

“The size of the prize pool adds a fair bit of prestige to the tournament so having it on our greens is definitely a big thing.”

Last year's event proved a success, which the Dudley Park Bowling Club will look to build on this time around. Photo: Justin Rake.

Last year's event proved a success, which the Dudley Park Bowling Club will look to build on this time around. Photo: Justin Rake.

The talent the event attracts is highlighted by a string of high-profile players, which Nash said the club was proud to welcome to their greens.

“For us, a local club, to be hosting people that have represented Australia and people that will be coming in from overseas, that’s massive,” he said.

“Some of the best players in the country will be on show here and some of our local players might have the chance to mix it with them, so that’s certainly something that makes us proud to host the Everest.

“It’s a huge time of the year for our club.”

The Everest of Bowls will run across four days from Thursday, October 11 through to Sunday, October 14.

For more information on the event or to find out more about entering call the Dudley Park Bowling Club on 9535 2695 or email dudleypark.bc@bigpond.com.