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Top class SA Masters! Feb 10-12, 2012

South Africa’s Gerry Baker aims for Bowls South Africa Masters Title. Furthermore, Tracey-Lee Botha goes for a hat-trick of golds in this competition!

Also, we have commentary from South Africa President Debra Ferguson on her feeling about South Africa’s chances at the World Bowls in Australia next year.

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Johannesburg. – South Africa’s top rated bowler, Gerry Baker, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, aims for a sixth Warwick Private Wealth Management/BowlsSA Masters title in Port Elizabeth from February 10-12.

The consistent Johannesburg-based left-hander, tied with legendary Doug Watson on five Open Masters gold medals, will be hard to deny, although the field of 12 is packed with internationals.

And with World Bowls in Australia later next year, all South Africa’s Gold Squad members – from which Proteas are selected – will face keen scrutiny before final team selection.

BowlsSA president Debra Ferguson is upbeat about the Proteas winning gold galore at World Bowls in Adelaide, Australia. “We have the talent, now we must be sure our fitness and mental strength are honed for the battle next year,” she said in Johannesburg today.

No fewer than 13 Western Province and Boland players have been selected for the various sections, several are debutantes.

And who will be able to prevent two-time women’s champion Tracy-Lee Botha a hat-trick of golds? The ebullient 22-year-old, arguably the world’s best young all-round bowler, a prodigy of amazing talent, improves with every outing.

Senior men’s champion Eddie Fann (Kingfisher) hopes for three titles in four years; legendary Pretoria star Loraine (subs: correct spelling) Victor could well repeat last year’s triumph in the women’s division.

In the junior section, the 2011 silver medallist Eugene Ferreira (WPCC) and bronze medallist Stefan de Jager (Boland) should again challenge, while precocious talent Janita du Toit (WP) should go close, but faces a glittering array of young talent.