Hawaii bound, barefoot style


Towradgi Park member Jamie Johansen and partner Chad Keating had a double celebration with a prize of a trip to Hawaii capped off by winning the unofficial Aloha World Barefoot Bowls Championship.

Johansen and Keating beat Balgownie-based Taren Point star John Green and his partner Fernhill Soccer Club's Craig "Spider" Armour in the championship semi-finals.

In what was a bonus for Towradgi Bowling Club, both Johansen and Green earned their trips to Hawaii while playing in the Illawarra qualification tournament at Towradgi last December.

Fairy Meadow BC also hosted qualifying, with the Illawarra winner plus a lucky loser earning a trip to Hawaii for the finals.

Under the tournament rules a registered bowler partnered a non-registered bowler in five-bowl, seven-end matches, with Johansen and Keating winning the Illawarra qualifying final.

Green, the 2013 joint NSW Bowler of the Year, and non-registered bowler Armour were the "lucky losers" and also earned a trip to Hawaii.

The social nature of barefoot bowls is growing in popularity and is an excellent introduction to bowls.

With two fabulous prizes of a trip to Hawaii, Towradgi Park BC were happy with the response to hosting the championship.

The tournament's success means organisers are keen to expand the competition next year beyond just Australia, Canada and the United States.

Jamie Johansen and Chad Keating are the World Barefoot Bowls champions.

Jamie Johansen and Chad Keating are the World Barefoot Bowls champions.


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