New $250,000 bowling green named after Doug Ahola in Pirie

Many years of hard work at BHAS Bowling Club have resulted in Doug Ahola turning “green”.

The resident greenkeeper and handyman was honoured on Sunday when the $250,000 synthetic turf was named Doug Ahola Green.

The gesture by the club coincided with the launch of the new season in Port Pirie.

“It is certainly an honour. I will try to keep going for as long as I can, but I am not getting any younger,” Mr Ahola told the ceremony attended by about 60 bowlers.

Club president Maxine Northcott led a ceremony which returned to a formal style for the first time for some years.

The bowlers watched as Roger Becker raised the Australian flag and they sang the national anthem.

At the rostrum and standing on an arc of bowling mats were Mrs Northcott, secretary Colin Lang, Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock, club ladies’ president Shirley Bennett and men’s vice-president Ken Jeffrey, Port Pirie Bowling Club’s Des Laube and Lance Leak and George Branford.

“Doug has been a valuable member of the club … he is at least 80 years old and still has passion and desire,” she said.

Shirley Bennett rolled the jack and Mr Brock sent down the first bowl.

Mr Brock praised Mr Ahola and declared the season open.

He said Mr Ahola had also volunteered with the BHAS Employees’ Picnic and Sport Association.

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