KABEGA Park bowler Juane Meyer, 22, became the youngest player on record to win the Eastern Province singles championship when he clinched the title last month.
In a closely-contested final played at PE Bowling Club, the young Meyer (Mill Park BC) went up against club-mate and stalwart Paul Spriggs, with a determined Meyer winning 21-19.
EP Bowls president Rob Forbes said he doubted that anyone younger has won it in the history of the event.
Spriggs, also a Kabega Park resident, has won the EP singles title several times and is a formidable opponent on the bowling green.
Meyer had some tough matches against a few veteran EP players and surprised spectators and opponents alike when he lifted the 99-year-old trophy.
The EP u-25 and EP B lead said it was his goal to win the championship and he was excited to play Spriggs, knowing that it would be a tough task.
“I love the pressure games,” said Meyer.
“I was 6-0 down before I started picking up shots. The game evened out and I eventually won the last few ends.”
He said before the last match of the round robin stage, he concentrated on focussing on that game before thinking of the final.
During the final he worked on getting into the right mind set and switching everything else off.
Meyer was part of the EP B side that won silver at the inter provincials in Oudtshoorn in March and is currently in the final round of the EP pairs with his partner Spriggs.
“I have been doing well this year and I am satisfied with my bowls, although I need improvement in some areas. My goal is to win the pairs as well,” he said.
Meyer is part of the Bowls South Africa silver squad and won bronze at this year’s South African Junior Masters in Port Elizabeth in February. He won silver in 2009.
Dezi Rosenblatt (Mill Park BC), 21, missed out on being the youngest woman to win the EP Women’s singles when she lost to Lourenza van der Merwe (Western Suburbs BC) in the final.