Classy field to line up for Penguin Classic Pairs

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Tasmania’s premier prize money tournament boasts an unprecedentedly strong field this year, as Terry Morris reports for the Launceston Examiner . National coach Steve Glasson, world-ranked Kelvin Kerkow and Australia’s indoor and outdoor bowls singles champions Tony Wood and Aaron Wilson head a classy field for the Penguin Classic Pairs which begins on January 27. This will be the 32nd running of the classic, which is recognised as Tasmania’s largest and richest tournaments. The classic has attracted Australian importance with the leading 16 players being awarded points in the national standings. The event has attracted 130 pairs with most of Tasmania’s top players taking part. Glasson will be bowling at Penguin for the first time and has chosen Tasmanian under 18 champion Hollie Keen as his partner for the week. Keen as his partner for the week. Kerkow will bowl with former winner Mark Nitz and they will be difficult opponents to overcome. Last year’s semi-finalist Lee Schraner, winner of numerous Victorian titles, will partner Aaron Wilson, while Wood will play with Elliott Rabinov. Defending champion Simon Morris partners Rodney Horton and their campaign will get under way in sectional play at Ridgley on Monday week. Tasmanian pairs winner Peter Zoon has decided to bowl alongside his wife Maureen and state skip Gaylene Elsworthy has teamed with Kim Saunders. Sectional play will be held at Penguin, Ridgley, Turners Beach, Ulverstone, South Burnie and Burnie before all games revert to Penguin on the Tuesday.