Leong and Larking Win the 2019 Canadian Singles Championships

Kitchener, ON | August 30th, 2019

The second half of the 2019 Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships have come to a close at the Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club in Kitchener, ON. Michael Leong (BC) and Cathy Larking (ON) have claimed the Men’s and Women’s titles for the 2019 season. Both Leong and Larking will represent Canada at the 2020 World Bowls Champion of Champions event being held in Australia.  

The field of 24 men and 24 women saw some hotly contested games right from the beginning. On the men’s side, it would be Leong, Steve Bezanson (NS), David Anderson (ON), and Greg Wilson (AB) who would eventually make it through to the semifinals. In the semis, Wilson had his way with Bezanson, defeating him 21-10. This would lead to back-to-back gold medal game appearances for Wilson, after making it to the gold-medal game in the Men’s Pairs discipline held at the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club the week prior. In the other semifinal match, Anderson got off to a quick start, but Leong clawed back to make it a close match right to the end. It would eventually be Leong that would prove victorious, winning by a score of 21-20. In the gold medal final, it was a back-and-forth battle throughout the entire match. Despite several brilliant drive-shots made by Wilson, Leong’s consistency proved too much, ultimately winning the gold by a score of 21-20. In the bronze medal match, it was Ontario’s David Anderson’s game from the get-go. Anderson’s draw game was consistent throughout, leading to a bronze medal win over Bezanson, 21-7.

On the women’s side, after going perfect in the round robin, Larking, Bobbi-Jean Charlton (BC), and Claire Day (AB) all advanced to the semifinals, alongside Jordan Kos (SK) who had just one loss in the sectional play. In the semifinals, Larking took out Kos by a final score of 21-11, while Charlton defeated Day by a score of 21-11. In the gold medal match, both Charlton and Larking made some spectacular shots. With many back-and-forth swings, Larking would eventually claim the gold by a score of 21-14. For Larking, this was an improvement on her bronze medal win at the 2018 Canadian Singles Championships.

In the bronze medal match, Claire Day got off to an early 7-0 lead. Jordan Kos battled back however, and took the bronze medal by a final score of 21-17.  

After claiming gold, Leong and Larking will head to the Adelaide Bowling Club in South Australia from October 26 to November 1, 2020 to represent Canada at the World Bowls Champion of Champions event.

For standings and results: https://bowlscanada.com/en/championship/2019champ_canadian.html 

For more information, please contact: 
Matthew Nafe, Operations & Communications Coordinator, Bowls Canada Boulingrin

About 2019 Canadian Lawn Bowls Championship
The Championships are taking place across two venues: the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club in Burlington, ON and the Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club in Kitchener, Ontario. Men’s and women’s pairs and fours competition will take place in Burlington from August 20-25, while men’s and women’s singles competition will take place in Kitchener from Aug 26-30.

About Burlington Lawn Bowling Club
The Burlington Lawn Bowling Club is located at 2275 New Street, Burlington, Ontario. The club opened at this location in June of 1971 and boasts a membership of over 175 members. For more information, visit http://www.burlingtonlbc.org/.

About Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club
The Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club is located at 600 Heritage Drive, Kitchener, Ontario. The club relocated from Rockway in 1997 and features 2 full sized greens. For more information, visit http://heritagegreens.ca./

About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada.  The BCB mission is to advance the sport of bowls in Canada.  For more details on Bowls Canada Boulingrin and the sport of lawn bowls, visit www.bowlscanada.com.