Tumut Bowling Green Officially Opened For 1949-1950 Season

22 November 1949 The Tumut and Adelong Times

The official opening of the Tumut Rowling green for the 1949-50 season took place on Sunday afternoon in fine weather. 

Visiting bowlers were present from Batlow, Gundagai and Cootamundra and there were over fifty bowlers taking part in the after noon's play.

The official opening was performed by Mr. Ralph Dunstan, President of the Tumut Bowling Club. 

The beautiful surroundings of the bowling green are becoming enhanced as the years go by and no doubt the setting ranks among the most picturesque in the State. 

After the serving of afternoon tea by the ladies Mr. Dunstan extended a welcome to all the visiting bowlers at the Club's opening day. 

Without their presence the opening day would be a 'tame affair'.

He was pleased to see two rinks from Batlow, two from Gundagai and one from Cootamundra present.

Apologies had been received from Wyalong Club and from the President of the Southern Slopes Bowling Association, Mr. Adamson, and from Mr. Walter King who was to have 'performed the official opening ceremony but who had been unable to attend.

Ralph hoped that the day's play would result in the Batlow bowlers stirring themselves to greater efforts to get their own green completed. 

On behalf of the visitors Mr. P. Sullivan, President of the Gundagai Club, thanked the Tumut Club for its cordial welcome.

He congratulated the Club on the picturesque surroundings of the green.

They were always pleased to come to Tumut, so much so that they felt Gundagai was really a part of  Tumut. He wished the Club a successful season. 

Mr. Herb Kinsey (Cootamundra), in support thanked the ladies for the splendid repast provided.

He had been visiting Tumut since 1934 and he always looked forward to the hospitality which was always forthcoming from the Tumut bowlers and their wives.

The latter were a great inspiration to their husbands and they were made all the more happier by the thought that their men folk participated in such a happy and friendly game as bowls. 

The appreciation of the bowlers was conveyed to the ladies by acclamation. 

Mr. Dunstan, in officially opening the green for the 1949-50 season, hoped that the bowlers would enjoy their visits to the Tumut green and that the season would be a success Mrs. Dunstan then rolled the first Jack and Mrs. Norman Beegling bowled the first bowl for the new season.