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Australian Open - Bowls Australia
Australian Open - Bowls Australia

Following the success of last year's'Australian Open, the 2016 Australian Open promises to be bigger and better than ever! It's being marketed as the World's Biggest Bowls Festival.

The wonderful Gold Coast and it's fantastic clubs will again host a massive field of bowlers from across Australia and beyond, who will be competing for a share of the prize purse of over $250,000. The event will run from 11th to the 24th June 2016.

Players from across the country and globe will compete in 20 disciplines, with the addition of the men's over-60s pairs and women's over-60s pairs disciplines set to widen the appeal of the marquee event to even more participants.

Returning for 2016 are the six open events, including men's and women's singles, pairs and fours, two junior disciplines; incorporating under-18 boys' and girls' singles, and ten bowlers-with-a-disability disciplines; ranging from hearing, physical, intellectual, multi-disability and vision impaired categories.

Bowls Australia Chief Executive Neil Dalrymple said the organisation is forecasting a sizeable increase in entries, given the appeal to a wider demographic with the increase of disciplines and positive response of the event's move to the Gold Coast this year.

"After the success of the first year on the Gold Coast, which saw more than 2,100 entries, we're expecting even more players to participate next year, so much so that we will need to utilise three additional venues and an extra day of competition.

"We are also re-structuring the prize money distribution so that it rewards a greater number of bowlers, making it more enticing for players to compete and get a return on their entry fee.

"There will still be a big incentive to win a discipline, or make the final, but we will ensure that the total prize pool allocation of $250,000, which was grown from $225,000 in 2015, will be distributed further down the line in disciplines that have a large amount of entries, like the men's singles."

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Why? The World's Biggest Bowls Festival
When: 11 June to 24 June 2016
Phone: 03 9480 7100
Where: Various locations on the Gold Coast
Cost: Entry fee from $50
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