Tennis coach Stephen Gort practises for a fundraising exhibition match at the Byron Bay Bowling Club on Sunday.
Tennis coach Stephen Gort practises for a fundraising exhibition match at the Byron Bay Bowling Club on Sunday.

Bowling club green transformed

A Byron Bay Bowling Club green will be transformed into a tennis court for a fundraising exhibition match on Sunday (Nov 29) at 2.30pm.

The grass court is being set up in conjunction with Byron Bay’s Cavanbah Tennis Club to raise money for tennis coach Stephen Gort to compete at The Mildura Grand Tennis International next February.

 The tournament attracts Australia’s best players and many internationals who compete for world ranking points, $50,000 prizemoney and competition experience.

Current NSW singles bowls champion Michael Anderson will perform in an exhibition match during the afternoon.

Michael is confident the grass will play well.

“Local engineer Jeff Barnes has taken up the challenge of finding a way to hold the tennis net in place,” he said.

Stephen, from Mullumbimby, has been a coach for only a year, but has been playing tennis for 12 years.

“I am really excited to be playing in the tournament,” Stephen said.

“I will be training heaps before I go.”

The bowling club ‘court’ will be available for hire ($5 per person) from 11am until 1pm before the exhibition match at 2.30pm.

All court hire money raised on the day will be donated to Stephen.

To book your grass court phone Byron Tennis on 6680 8741.

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