Underdog status paid dividends for Doody
Robert Doody was the unheralded Victorian club bowler that entered the 2007 Australian Open with little expectations but ended up being the last man standing in Australia’s richest bowls event.
Robert Doody entered the Australian Open to test his skills and to play in Australia’s best tournament; little did he know just how capable he was.
Doody was the unknown quantity that caused a major upset in the 2007 Australian Open singles final when he defeated Australian representative Scott Caundle in straight sets to claim the $18,000 cheque and the respect of a nation.
The Australian Open has seen a number of club bowlers rise to the occasion and take out the most prestigious titles in the country, and there’s nothing to say this won’t happen again.
With an estimated 4000 bowlers expected to arrive on the Gold Coast from June 13-25 to contest the 2015 Australian Open, everyone will start on the same foot, no wildcards just an open draw, playing on some of the best greens in the world.
Bowls Australia has removed the arduous state-based qualifying events and now when you enter the Australian Open, you start in the main draw like everyone else and most encouragingly your guaranteed seven matches in sectional play.
Some of the sports newest bowlers to the most experienced and elite will go head to head during the 13 day festival of bowls and whoever is better on the day will get their name in the history books.
Don’t for a second think you’re not good enough, whether you have been successful or not in the past or you haven’t yet tried your hand on the sport’s biggest stage; the Australian Open is for everyone.
For more information and to enter online, visit www.australianopen.bowlsaustralia.com.au
Don’t wait, get your entries in now!