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Bowls - 21. May 2011.

QLD Open bound for Ipswich

The City of Ipswich has secured the rights to host the 2011 Queensland Open.

One of the nation's most prestigious lawn bowls events, the $30,000 grand prix will feature some of the game's finest players including world number one Leif Selby and will once again be telecast across Australia.

Staged at the Ipswich United Services Bowls Club from July 30 to August 4, the tournament features singles, pairs and triples for both men and women and doubles as a qualifier for the 2012 Australian Open.

In the singles fields, 64 competitors will gun for glory in the men's draw and 32 in the women's, while 32 teams will contest the men's pairs and triples with 16 women's teams doing likewise.

In attendance will be the likes of the Australian squad, including Commonwealth Games medalists, as well as a number of international raiders.

Parks Sport and Recreation Committee chairperson for Ipswich City Council, councillor David Morrison, said Ipswich City and the lawn bowling community of Ipswich welcomed such a prestigious event being held in the city.

"It will be a terrific event, not just for bowlers, but the whole community who seem to get behind national events when they come to our city," Mr Morrison said.

Having witnessed the impact the Queensland floods had reeked on the state earlier this year, Bowls Australia chief executive officer Neil Dalrymple said the organisation was delighted to be able to take one of its marquee events to Ipswich.

"We're extremely happy to be staging the 2011 Queensland Open in Ipswich," Mr Dalrymple said.

"Not only does Ipswich boast a strong bowling community, and a wonderful facility, but it has shown a great deal of resilience this year.

"I'm sure the players, fans and officials will embrace the event wholeheartedly."

Not surprisingly, Ipswich United Services Bowls Club chairman Tony Urselmann is delighted to be hosting the Bowls Australia grand prix.

"It's going to be a very good event," Mr Urselmann said.

"We're very keen to give it a good go."

Qualifying for the 2011 Queensland Open will be staged in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane from July 16 to 19, as well as on the eve of the tournament from July 26 to 28 at the Ipswich United Services Bowls Club and surrounding clubs.


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