JASON Osborne’s limited preparation turned out to be ideal for the 2014 NSW Country Championships and Masters over the last three days.
Osborne has a wealth of bowling experience but work and family commitments mean he doesn’t hit the lanes as often as he used to.
This wasn’t a problem at the championships at the Orange Tenpin Bowl with Osborne winning the Noel Burns Open Masters yesterday.
“After the weekend I’ve had, I’m over the moon,” Osborne said.
Osborne finished with a 10-game Masters total of 2312.
“I started out strong and kept my form going,” he said.
“I had a low 190 game in there. I had to change balls and re-align, but it worked.”
He finished 60 pins ahead of Tenpin City’s Ben Woods (2252), while Tim Munro (2237), also from Tenpin City in Lidcombe, was a further 15 pins back in third place.
Defending Masters champion Ron Forbes finished fifth on 2157.
Osborne wasn’t confident going into the three-day tournament but that quickly changed after the men’s open singles.
The 37-year-old bowler delivered an amazing 833 three-game series which included games of 234, 299 and 300.
Osborne also took out the men’s A grade doubles with Richard Palma with their 1312 total.
Then Osborne was key in his side’s A grade team’s win.
This helped him take out the men’s A grade all events (which combined both singles and doubles) with a 2180 total.
“I set new records for the singles and all events,” Osborne explained.
Woods took out the men’s open all events title on 2082 ahead of Orange’s Nick Flannery (2070) and Forbes (2047).
Osborne couldn’t remember how many times he had won the Masters title before but was confident it was at least three.
In the Country Restricted Masters, a handicap event, Jessica Stirling came out on top with her 1845 total (with handicap).
She edged out Alice Dwyer (1823) for top spot, while Alicia Spindler (1696) filled out the podium.
Osborne said he hopes he can return to the 2015 Country Championships and attempt to defend his title.
Before then he hopes he can line up for the NSW Championships later this year