Wodonga bowler Kylie Whitehead has been crowned the Bowls Australia Champion of Champions.
The Chiltern export went through the entire tournament undefeated, finishing with a hard-fought 21-15 victory against Tasmania’s Lauren Banks in her sixth and final match at Kingborough Bowling Club on Friday.
Both Whitehead and Banks were unbeaten heading into the game, creating a finals-like atmosphere and it certainly lived up to expectations.
Whitehead opened up an 8-4 lead after 10 ends before Banks won five of the next six to edge in front 11-10.
Banks picked up another two shots the following end to move within eight of victory, but Whitehead responded with a one and a three to wrestle back the advantage, 14-13.
The pair continued to exchange ends with Whitehead clinging to an 18-15 lead.
Banks won the mat and threw a short end, but it was challenged by Whitehead and was found to be less than minimum length.
Whitehead didn’t hesitate in extending the length and was holding two shots when Banks tried to move the jack with her last bowl.
However, she snicked it further towards Whitehead’s three bowls and she wasn’t require her to play her last.
Whitehead rated the win her biggest achievement.
“Considering the prestige of the event and the names that have won it (Karen Murphy, Natasha Scott, Carla Krizanic) makes it even more special,” Whitehead said.
Whitehead will go on to play for Australia at the World Champion of Champions at Adelaide Bowling Club next year.
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