News: Sam Tolchard and Jamie Walker win bowler of the year titles
Published 26 February 2017, 15:23
The men's bowler of the year awards were announced at the Bowls England dinner in Coventry last night, with Tolchard being named Taylor men's player and Walker receiving the Bowls International accolade for junior male.
This year Walker added to his two-bowl singles and champion of champions title last year in his last year as a junior.
He skipped Darren Childs, Rebecca Wigfield and Katie Smith to the mixed fours title for the second time in three years and also put his name back on the junior singles trophy for the third time in six years.
Jamie, who plays for Northamptonshire, has enjoyed a host of strong performances at both junior and senior international level to date, including a singles gold medal and a triples bronze at the Atlantic Rim championships in Cyprus back in 2015.
In December, at lead, Jamie, Andy Knapper and Robert Paxton won the gold medal at the World Bowls championships in Christchurch.
Devon enjoyed an incredible season for both the men and the women, but the performances of Tolchard earned him the men's bowler of the year accolade.
He skipped Louis Ridout to big wins in the men’s pairs quarter final against St Neots and semi final against Gloucestershire to set up that final clash that saw them take the title for Devon for the first time since 1952.
Later that day he picked up the two-bowl singles title, with a solid performance that saw him triumph 17-2 in 14 ends.
Sam skipped in the winning men’s club two fours, was the singles representative for champions Kings in the top club and had big wins in the Middleton Cup.
He was also part of the winning men’s senior international team.