Kylie Whitehead - 'A Real Champion'
Kylie is a Victorian Women's State title holder 3 times over. Kylie is the Women's State Singles Champion, Women's State Fours Champion and Under 25 Women’s State Singles Champion.
Women’s State Singles Championship
Kylie's 25-19 quarter-final win against Tristania Doolan (MCC Kew/Yarra Region) was of the highest standard – both women producing super bowls to keep a sizeable crowd enthralled.
Then she beat local hope Lee Harris (Bendigo BC/Bendigo Campaspe) 25-11 in the semis.
Kylie played exceptional bowls - especially in the late pressure ends - to beat experienced Ocean Grove bowler Joan Tennent 25-17 in the final at Bendigo East Bowling Club on Day 3 of 2017 State Champions Week.
With a busy schedule including the Under 25 women's singles final later in the day, and in reaching the women's fours semi-finals, Kylie raced out to an early 11-5 lead before Tennent came storming back.
Tennent regained the lead 17-16, before Kylie stepped up another gear with precise bowls, including a critical three in the final ends.
With Kylie holding game, Tennent took one out of the head to take the 25-up game into a final end, before Kylie got the shot she needed - albeit with a measure.
Under 25 Women's State Singles
Kylie had a big 25-11 win over Tiffany Brodie to win the State Under 25 women’s singles title – reversing the result from the Under 25 final last year.
Women’s State Fours Championship
On Day 4, Kylie wrapped up her third 2017 gold medal of State Champions Week
Kylie was part of the Ovens & Murray outfit (Claire Sanders, Shirley Hummel and skip Anne Miles) which beat the Sandra McColgan-skipped Peninsula Casey 18-14 in the women’s fours final.
Carrying a huge cheer squad with her around the green - spearheaded by her grandmother and Ovens & Murray teammates, Kylies victories have been among the most popular you'd see anywhere.
"Couldn't happen to a nicer person - one of the nicest people you'll meet," was the comment by pretty much everyone who's had anything to do with Kylie, as news of her third victory spread around Bendigo East.