Local men’s bowler Richie Muir is off to the New Zealand Professional Bowls Association Finals weekend this month in Hamilton after winning the International Singles Qualifier and Ranking Singles in Invercargill last month.
Throughout the August 10 and 11 weekend, Muir defeated Lyall Spencer 9-4 7-6 and also defeated Craig Tinker in straight sets 11-5 10-5 during the International Singles Qualifier. As a result, he will be travelling to Hamilton for free for a straight knockout style of competition as the representative of Southland. As Muir describes it, he says it will be a ‘very strong competition’ against a range of players from across the country.
Muir has been bowling for seven years and is currently ranked as Wanaka’s top bowler, having won the the Wanaka Bowling Club's Men's Singles for the past three years. Should he win the Hamilton national finals, Muir will be given the chance to compete in the World Professional Bowls Finals in England, so his achievements thus far have been significant.
The Wanaka bowling community is very excited for Muir and wish him all the best for the upcoming competitions.