National recognition for Potters Bar Bowls Club duo

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 October 2017

Potters Bar Bowls Club greenkeeper Rod Smale, seen testing the speed of the green, is up for a national award along with wife Sandra.

Potters Bar Bowls Club greenkeeper Rod Smale, seen testing the speed of the green, is up for a national award along with wife Sandra.

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Two members of Potters Bar Bowls Club are in the frame for a national award.

Husband and wife team, Rod and Sandra Smale, have been shortlisted for the Bowling Greenkeeper/Team of the Year award by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG).

The expertise and dedication of the couple in maintaining the bowling greens at Potters Bar’s greens at The Walk has been the reason for the nomination.

They took over the upkeep of the six-rink green in 2014 after a desire from the members for more competitive facilities.

Working to a limited budget, the duo set about the task and aided by a two helpers the green is now tended every day for a regular programme of mowing, dew brushing and rink marking.

They will be up against last year’s winners, Burnham Hillside Bowls Club of Burnham-on-Crouch, with the winners announced at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, on November 1.

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