Robert Saunders seals hat-trick with WESLO Seniors Open success

Robert Saunders of Whitburn BC receives the WESLO Seniors Open trophy from Mike Bruce, CEO of Weslo Housing Management
Robert Saunders of Whitburn BC receives the WESLO Seniors Open trophy from Mike Bruce, CEO of Weslo Housing Management
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Robert Saunders of Whitburn BC is celebrating again after winning the the WESLO Seniors Open at Glenmavis, Bathgate.

Saunders completed a hat-trick of recent victories with his success in the WLBA Seniors Champion of Champions the previous weekend following a District title triumph in June. The 65-year-old is the first bowler to win all three events in the same season.

“I only started bowling eleven years ago and was really just playing for pleasure so I am completely surprised and overwhelmed by this,” said Saunders.

The climax to The Weslo saw Saunders faced with a tough semi-final test against Brian Walker of Queensferry and it was all square at 9-9 after 13 ends then, at 12-11 up, the Whitburn ace made telling space to 16 and went on to win 21-12 in 21 ends.

The final – played in a drizzling rain – pitched Saunders into action against John Collins of Middleton Hall, who had beaten David Peel of West Calder 21-15 in his semi-final.

Saunders nosed into a 13-11 lead after 17 ends and, just four ends later, it was all over as he exploded to 21 with a dynamic run of 2, 3, 2, 1.