Classic to attract best in bowling
A momentous memorial lawn bowls tournament with a $10,000 prize pool will be held in Yarrawonga this weekend with the Joy Johnson Memorial Classic taking place from 10am Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 2 at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.
This event, which started as a small local competition that bowler Joy Johnson also hoped to make a national event, will have a field of 84 individuals with 28 teams competing in the ladies two bowls triple tournament.
The event is a tier three bowls Australian ranking event which will help in Yarrawonga’s aims to gain state level events in the area.
There will be six games of 15 ends with $10,000 in prize money up for grabs with first prize winning $4500 per team.
The event has even made its mark nationally as it has attracted players from all over Australia including current or previous medalists.
Some of the big-name bowling stars who will be competing at the event are:
Carla Krizanic who is the current Australian Jackaroo and Duel 2018 Commonwealth gold medalist in both triples and fours.
Playing with Carla is Sam Shannahan who was recently named the Australian Jackaroo and Victorian State Skip.
Wodonga local Kylie Whitehead who is the current National Singles Champion and Victorian State player.
Team Edwards who consists of mother and two daughters, Gayle, Brooke who is the current Australian Pairs Champions and Blaine who is a current Victorian state player.
There has also been 30 players who have entered the event who are current state or ex state players.
Joy Johnson, who the tournament is aptly named after, was an avid bowler and was even an Australian champion.
She won the YMGCR Club Singles Champion for 14 years from 2002 to 2016 and won team championships at YMGCR in pairs, triple and fours over a number of years.
Joy also represented the region on numerous occasions, competing in the Ovens and Murray Bowls Regions Champion State Events in the over 60s pairs over two years, triples twice, fours, twice, pairs twice, singles three times and champion of champions twice.
Joy was also a member of the regional state pennant which the YMGCR won in 2010/11.
Her name will be remembered for a very long time, not only for her impressive bowls resume but for her attitude to life.
One of her last events in 2016 was the Victorian state titles where Joy was in every event possible.
Her daughter Sharon said the family was excited to make this event bigger than previous years and were keen to see a great number of bowlers compete.
“We are very excited to present this memorial classic to remember mum (Joy),” Sharon said.
“Our major generous sponsor is Lekeal Builders who also happen to be my family and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort has been fantastic in sponsoring us and letting us hold the event at their venue.
“We are determined to make this tournament one to remember this year, then even bigger in the years to come.”
The two day event will also include entertainment on Saturday night for people to eat, drink, mingle and have a boogie with everyone welcome to come along to the weekend and check out the lawn bowling talent on show.
Duel 2018 Commonwealth gold medalist Carla Krizanic (far right) will be one of big names competing this weekend in the Joy Johnson Memorial Classic. Pictured with Carla is Natasha Scott, Kelsey Cottrell with her baby Sienna, Rebecca van Asch during the medal ceremony for the Lawn Bowls Women’s Fours at the XXI Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast earlier this year.(AAP Image/Darren England).
Australian Jackaroo and Victorian State Skip Sam Shannahan will team up with Carla Krizanic.