PAUL TOON has apologised to the Huddersfield and District Bowling Association for inadvertently taking part in the Jack Burgin Trophy, which he won in May.
The Waterloo Bowling Club member beat Scott Tattersley 21-17 in the final to take the £100 first prize and his best result in Huddersfield bowling.
Unfortunately, he shouldn’t have been in the field.
Last year, the man who works as a Field Manager for utilities company Freedom won the Cliffs Classic in Blackpool.
The Jack Burgin Trophy is only for bowlers who have never won an open age, individual competition above club level.
Toon thought that because the Cliffs was a holiday competition and not even 21-up until the final that it didn’t count as an open event.
He was disqualified as Burgin winner by the Association and his appeal against that decision failed.
“I would like to apologise to the Association for putting them in a difficult situation,” said Toon.
“Even more so, I would like to apologise to the bowlers I beat to win the Jack Burgin Trophy.
“I am so very, very sorry.”
There is a first prize of £1,100 on offer in next year’s Spen Masters.
The runner-up will receive £600 in the event sponsored by P&I Hopkins Butchers of Birkenshaw, with back-up from David Thompson, and entries are now being taken.
Total prize money will be £5,400 and the qualifying will start on Friday July 5 and be played on Saturday’s 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Finals night will be September 7 at Spen Victoria CB&AC
Entry is £25 with cheques payable to Spen Victoria CB & AC. Send to David Arnold, 28 Ashbourne Way, Cleckheaton, BD19 5JA (07805 996468 or firstname.lastname@example.org).