Waterloo’s Paul Toon delighted to win Jack Burgin Trophy at Lockwood Con
PAUL TOON was delighted to lift the Jack Burgin Trophy at one of his favourite greens, Lockwood Con.
The 61-year-old Waterloo member beat Scott Tattersley 21-17 in the final to take the £100 first prize and his best result in Huddersfield bowling.
Last year the man who works as a Field Manager for utilities company Freedom won the Cliffs Classic in Blackpool and he’s looking forward to that event again next month after landing the Jack Burgin title, which was sponsored by Lockwood Con.
“It was the third time I’ve reached the last 16 of the Jack Burgin and it was third time lucky,” said Toon, who is also a 14-handicap golfer at Halifax Bradley Hall.
“The day went brilliantly for me, really, and I’ve always liked the green at Lockwood Con – it’s one of my favourites – so it was nice to win there.
“Funnily enough, I had a dream the night before that I won the event and couldn’t think of anything to say in my speech – and I couldn’t think of much to say when it actually happened!
“I was very happy, obviously, all the lads I played were fantastic and very sporting and one chap asked me after the semi-final if I had one more game in me and I just said ‘yes, maybe one more.’
“In the final I think we were both a bit nervous to start with but we encouraged each other and we both bowled well.
“It was a good feeling to win – my lucky charm was my 13-week-old granddaughter Alexandra, who I kissed before every round – and it completed a family double, because my daughter Katie Atkinson, who bowls for Marsh United, won the ladies Yorkshire Merit Handicap at Spen Vic the week before.”
Toon and wife Bernadette, who bowls at Waterloo and Kirkheaton C&BC, enjoy their bowling and are looking forward to the rest of the season.
“I go every year to the Cliffs Classic, which is played on greens around Blackpool and which finishes at the Waterloo,” said Toon, who played football up to the age of 38 with Almondbury United, Flockton and Grange Moor and who counts the steward and stewardess from Waterloo, Linda and Keith, among his best friends.
“It’s a round-robin event featuring 80 to 90 bowlers each year and I won it last year, which was enjoyable, so it will be good to go back.”
Jack Burgin Trophy results:
First round – J Gant (3, Brockholes) 19 J Bloomer (3, Rastrick) 21, G Tandy (5, Longwood) 21 P Thornton (4, Lindley) 18, P Toon (4, Waterloo) 21 R Cox (4, Lockwood Con) 15, A Harper (3, Lockwood Con) 11 N Slattery (3, Longwood) 21, K Spencer (3, Canalside) 13 D Hallos (3, Brockholes) 21, A Bamforth (3, Linthwaite Hall) 19 A Nagy (5, Milnsbridge Lib) 21, G Siswick (3, Crosland Moor) 17 L Mosley (4, Milnsbridge BC) 21, C Senior (3, Moldgreen) 9 S Tattersley (3, Kirkheaton Con) 21.
Quarter-finals – Bloomer 21 Tandy 18, Toon 21 Slattery 16, Hallos 18 Nagy 21, Mosley 16 Tattersley 21.
Semi-finals – Bloomer 8 Toon 21 Nagy 20 Tattersley 21.
Final – Toon 21 Tattersley 17.