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The Scottish International Open is coming - who will lift the trophy?

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With only around two weeks until the Scottish International Open begins the 16 top players and 16 world qualifiers are preparing to take to the carpet. 

Who will claim the title? 

As the Dewars Centre in Perth opens its doors on Saturday 4th November and runs continuously until its final on Saturday 11th November. Greg Harlow will be looking to make history and claim the title to make it a consecutive treble as Scottish International Open Champion. Having won in 2016 and 2015. (Also in 2008.) There is all to play for.
Greg claimed a treble win in 2004, 2005 and 2006 at the International Open in Sheffield and will be lining himself up to make sure history repeats itself in Scotland. 

Greg said “ I am very much looking forward to the first World Bowls Tour event of the season and defending my title. My ultimate aim will be to complete a hat trick and mark history. Neil Furman is my first opponent and a tough first round test being an experienced and tricky player. I’ll be using my trusted Henselite Tigers (4H) which took me through to win last years final.”

Neil Furman is currently ranked at 17 and the USA qualifier for the tournament. Often on the portable rink, playing, no doubt to secure his place in the top 16. 

Among the other competition for Greg will be Paul Foster, runner up last year. Jamie Chestney last years International Open winner. Alex Marshall MBE, who despite some major World wins, has never lifted the Scottish International trophy. And good friend, Pairs team mate and World Number 2, Nick Brett. 

Take a look at the first round draw.

First Round Draw (Last 32)

Greg Harlow (E) (1) v Neil Furman (USA) USA Qualifier
Mervyn King (E)(14) v Martin Head (SA) South Africa Qualifier
Jonathan Ross (S) (15) v Perry Martin (E) Tourcard 2
Stewart Anderson (S) (7) v Mike Stepney (S) CFC Wildcard
Jamie Chestney (E) (8) v Daniel Alonim (Is) Israel
Andy Thomson MBE (E) (10) v Steve Halmai (Aus) Australia 1 Qualifier
Mark Dawes (E) (12) v Stephen Kirkwood (Ir) Belfast Qualifier
Paul Foster MBE (S) (4) v Chris Gale (E) [Stephen Zino New Zealand Qualifier withdrawn]
Alex Marshall MBE (S) (3) v David Bolt (E) UK 4 Qualifier Carlisle
Les Gillett (E) (11) v European PBA No 1 ( )
Darren Burnett (S) (9) v Simon Alden (Aus ) Australia 2 Qualifier
Robert Paxton (E) (6) v Gary Pickering (Can) Canadian Qualifier
David Gourlay (S) (5) v Damian Doubler (W) UK 2 Qualifier Dolphin
Mark Royal (E) (13) v Robin Chok (HK) Hong Kong Qualifier
Jason Greenslade (W) (16) v Danny Denison (E) Tourcard 1
Nick Brett (E) (2) v Alison Merrien MBE (Gue) UK 3 Qualifier Lincoln

We will keep you update to date with all the latest news and scores from the event. Plus you can watch the action on BBC Scotland and all the matches on the World Bowls Tour You Tube channel.