A MORAY bowler took the scalp of a two-time Commonwealth Games champion on her way to winning the biggest title of her career.
Sandra Dean won the Bowls Scotland Super Series ladies singles crown and £3000 in prizemoney, the biggest outdoor prize currently available in the sport nationally.
The Moray Bowling Club president beat two current Scotland internationalists on her way to victory at the Commonwealth Games venue at Kelvingrove in Glasgow.
Now Sandra has a Scotland cap in her sights, as she gained valuable ranking points from her big win which could earn her an international trial.
“That is by far the biggest competition and prize money I’ve won and the most that is on offer for an outdoor competition in Scotland,” she said.
“I won the City of Aberdeen ladies singles in July and won £200 for that so that gives you an idea of what would normally be considered reasonable prize money.”
The Super Series began with regional qualifiers and Sandra won three ties in Aberdeenshire to reach the Kelvingrove stages, where she won another four contests to triumph overall.
Her first match in Glasgow was against number 1 seed and reigning champion Lorna Smith.
Smith’s illustrious career in the sport has seen her win four Commonwealth Games medals including two golds, as well as a world champion of champions title and three consecutive Scottish championships.
“Needless to say I went into that game without much expectation but was delighted to win that match 21-12,” said Sandra.
Her ‘reward’ was a tie against another Scotland internationalist, Karen Dawson, who she despatched by the same score to reach the semi-finals.
A third consecutive 21-12 victory against Alison Gray earned the Moray hopeful her place in the final against Scotland under-25 internationalist Emma McIntyre, who she beat 21-15 to claim her greatest win.
“I earned ranking points for this too which should help towards getting a Scotland trial next year,” the new champion added.
Producing her greatest performance at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games venue made the win extra special for Sandra.
“Having seen the Kelvingrove venue on TV for the Commonwealth Games I was really looking forward to playing there.
“It was a great setting with the art gallery and museum just beside the greens.”