A competition to honour a great man and legend of bowls, the Greg Kelly Open Fours competition was played on September, 1.
A year in the making, and the brainchild of Wayne Turley and the team at Tweed Head Bowls Club, 42 teams from across Australia and New Zealand turned up to play in the competition.
The three teams skipped by Barrie Lester, Kris Lehfeldt and Aaron Teys won all of their games on the day. But it was two, 21-point thrashings by Lester’s team that created the margin to win.
Bowls Assistant at THBC Chloe Stewart said it was exciting to see the tournament unfold after the year-long planning process.
“We did it for Greg, he was a massive advocate for bowls and to have a tournament in his honour was really special,” she said.
“All the players knew Greg and were pretty chuffed to play.”
The event was made even more special because Greg’s wife, Coral, was there to present the Perpetual Trophy to the winners of the competition.
“Coral was really happy to have Greg recognised for his influence in bowls around Australia,” Chloe said.
When he passed away in early 2017, Greg Kelly was remembered around the bowls community as a man that was always eager to help and a passionate ambassador for bowls.
Described as a “trailblazer” of the sport, he pioneered Lawnbowlsnews.com, helped by his son Ashley, posting live scores and news, which was followed by a young Ryan Bester while in Canada.
Greg’s legacy lives on with this tournament and he will be remembered not only for his advocacy for bowls, but also his kindness.
After a successful first event, Tweed Head Bowls Club is already ready and excited for the tournament to come back around next year.
Note from the editor:
Greg Kelly was a huge support to Bowls Plus magazines. He not only distributed the magazine with his wife Coral, but was also my ‘right hand– Jo Grey Editor at Bowls Plus
man’ who kept me up-to-date with what was happening in the bowling world. He was a strong business advisor and mentor to me after I purchased the publication from the previous owner. Bowls Plus would not be what it is today without Greg’s advice, encouragement and the generosity of his time. Hats off to Tweed Heads Bowls Club for running this event in Greg’s honour. He would be so proud.