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Buster Walsh Claims Open Singles

Buster Walsh, of the Maitai Club, won the Nelson Bowling Centre Open Singles by beating dual winner and defending champion John O'Kane, 18-13.

For O'Kane of Nelson, this loss added to his defeat in the final of the champion of champions' singles to Stoke's Bob Wadsworth, and ended a rather disappointing season for the skilful bowler.

Walsh is now also a dual winner of the title, having won it in 1967. In a semi-final, O'Kane won the right to meet Walsh in the final by beating Murray Vivian (United), 18-13, the same margin as he lost by in the final. The matches were played on the Nelson green.


Umpire Karl Wilkens (left) and Murray Vivian study the head, during the O'Kane-Vivian match


Open singles' champion Buster Walsh studies the form of Vivian and O'Kane during their semi-final. Sizing up the opposition


O'Kane displays the form which has won him numerous championships


Vivian about to release a winner