Only 36 days to go
In 36 days the new home of the Australian Open, the Gold Coast, will welcome over 2000 bowlers to the coastal tourist destination to compete in the world’s richest bowls event.
Thousands of bowlers around the nation have played in the country’s richest and most prestigious event over its 10 year journey, but no one has experienced the event on a scale or magnitude that will be on display from June 13 to 25.
Entries for the 2015 Australian Open came in thick and fast, so much so that entries were extended to allow bowlers an 11 day lifeline to book a spot in the nation’s premier event.
Entries have well and truly surpassed those of previous Australian Opens; therefore bowlers from all over the world have deemed this year’s revamped Australian Open an event not to be missed!
The array of bowlers who have entered for a chance to claim a slice of the $225,000 prize pool ranges from the newest of club bowlers to the man regarded as the world’s best, Alex Marshall MBE.
Marshall will face steep competition in bowlers from almost every corner of the country, with 850 fellow male singles entrants set to descend on the holiday destination next month to compete in the revitalised event.
The Australian Open was modified to be a truly open event, making way of the arduous qualifying requirement and ensuring that every bowler that entered the singles, pairs and fours would be guaranteed seven matches in the main draw.
The use of social media brought together a number of last minutes entries; players wanting to enter all the disciplines went searching online for other keen bowlers they had never met; their calls were answered from entrants all over the country side.
Whilst the most exciting 13 days of bowls will be taking place at bowling clubs all over the Gold Coast, plenty of time will be spent enjoying a relaxing holiday in the sun, or a fun filled holiday that will see bowlers catching a wave or visiting one of the famous theme parks the Gold Coast has to offer.
For those lucky enough to progress to the final days of play, Fox Sports will be covering the action from Broadbeach Bowling Club, with singles and pairs final broadcast live over two days, providing a handful of players with a fantastic way to top off their playing-holiday with a national television appearance and a well-earned $16,000 for singles champions and $15,000 for pairs winners.
Event draws will be made public in a matter of days and will be emailed to all registered participants in addition to being placed on australianopen.bowlsaustralia.com.au.
If you are yet to make travel arrangements check out the accommodation deals and discounts available to you courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism here.
With just over a month until the first bowl will be put down on the world class Gold Coast greens excitement is certainly brewing, this year’s Australian Open will be bigger and better than ever before and it can’t come around quick enough!