Ellon firm backs top tournament

Phil Anderson with Grace Whitley at the Whitehall club.
Phil Anderson with Grace Whitley at the Whitehall club.

An Ellon company is supporting a top North-east bowling club competition taking place this summer.

Phil Anderson Financial Services has signed a three-year contract with the Whitehall Bowling Club to help support the Whitehall Invitation Pairs Tournament.

The firm has agreed to be the main sponsor of the Whitehall Invitation Pairs Tournament, pledging £4,500 to the event which is in its 42nd year.

It attracts national and international players and will take place throughout July and August.

The ladies qualifying stage will kick-start the competition on Sunday, July 26, and the gents qualifying stage from Tuesday 4 to Thursday August 6. The finals will take place on the following two days, which will see Scottish internationals competing against the local qualifiers.

International pairings representing Scotland at this year’s Whitehall Pairs Tournament include Commonwealth gold medallists Darren Burnett, David Peacock and Neil Spears.

Phil Anderson, company managing director, said: “I am delighted to be supporting this prestigious competition, and look forward to seeing how the teams get on.

“This is a huge date in the annual bowling calendar and the competition is always very highly attended.”

Whitehall Bowling Club president, secretary and tournament secretary, Grace Whitley, added: “Nowadays it is much harder to secure financial support for these types of competitions, however, thanks to Phil Anderson Financial Services the tournament now has a main sponsor for the next three years, which is extremely reassuring.

“This sponsorship does not only give us a major boost for the tournament, but will also help contribute towards the prizes and general running costs. Phil is one of our former members which makes this sponsorship that little bit more special.”