2016 Australian Open – entries closing soon
Victorians have enjoyed plenty of success over the years at the Australian Open, so don’t miss your chance to take part in the 2016 edition of the world’s biggest bowls festival from June 11 to 24 at the Gold Coast.
The Australian Open has something for everyone – whether you’re going there to win a slice of the $250,000 prize pool and create history, perhaps you’re ready to stock up on new bowls accessories and you heard how great the shopping was in the marquee at Broadbeach Bowls Club, or whether a trip with friends to enjoy a bowling holiday on the beautiful Gold Coast sounds inviting, the Australian Open should be on your bucket list.
The 14-day bowls spectacular will see some changes to the 2016 event which includes the return of the popular Over 60s competition.
Men’s and Women’s Over 60s Pairs will carry a huge $28,500 prize pool, and has also been carefully scheduled to ensure Over 60s participants can still enter the Open Singles and Open Fours.
The Australian Open was once a knockout competition that required arduous state-based qualifying.
However, now if you enter three events you are guaranteed three full days of bowls with sectional play kicking off each discipline.
Don’t forget there are also events for Under 18s and bowlers with a disability.
The Australian Open will be played across 15 Gold Coast clubs with Broadbeach Bowls Club, the host venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the central hub for festivities during the event and the venue for all the finals action.
Victorians have enjoyed plenty of success at the Australian Open over the years with the likes of Lisa Phillips, Aaron Wilson and his brother Nathan all winning the blue ribbon singles.
Last year’s move to the Gold Coast proved popular with Fours Champion Carla Odgers (now Krizanic) and BWD Singles Winner Joshua Thornton. Could you be Victoria’s next Australian Open Champion?
Entries have now been extended to close on April 25, so now is the time to form your teams and start planning a holiday to the Gold Coast.
For more information about the Australian Open including proposed scheduling, prize money allocation and helpful travel and accommodation tips visit the website www.australianopen.bowlsaustralia.com.au
Click here to enter the 2016 Australian Open