Rising star Cook beats McCaughan to win junior men’s singles

Cam Cook continued his rise up the ranks of bowls in Dunedin with his victory in the Bowls Dunedin junior men’s singles, held recently at the Macandrew Bay Bowling Club.

After dominating the early rounds, Cook had to fight for a 21-20 win over Wayne Jopson (Mornington) in his semifinal, while it was a similar picture on the other side of the draw for Ryan McCaughan (Wakari).

McCaughan sailed through the early rounds but was tested in a 21-18 win over Alister Young (Macandrew Bay) in the semifinal.

After going shot for shot with McCaughan in the final, Cook won 21-16.

Cook (27) burst on to the scene in 2019 with Brighton, winning four club titles and finishing runner-up with older brother Mitch in the Bowls Dunedin champion of champions men’s pairs.

He has continued to progress in the sport, helping lead Brighton to numerous successes in inter-club competition, playing a major role in it receiving the club of the year award.

In the junior women’s singles at the Roslyn Bowling Club, form followed Sacha Taylor (St Kilda) throughout, Taylor beating the in-form Shannon Eathorne (Andersons Bay) 21-19 in the final.

While Taylor notched up a series of impressive results on her side of the draw, Eathorne had to battle past Mary-Lee Rolleston-King in the second round, scraping through 21-20.

Eathorne’s was a huge scalp to take for Taylor, who won the title in just her third year in competition.

Eathorne had been one of the most consistent bowlers in inter-club competition this season, playing skip to win the open pairs title and recently finishing runner-up in the champion of champions pairs.

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