Oamaru’s Aaron Bungard is known as the regions top squash player, but last Friday night he swapped racquets and came out victorious in the Badminton tournament held at The Squash and Badminton Club last week.
The tournament was the first of it’s kind for badminton players held in Oamaru for some time, with more than 50 players turning up to take part with 130 games being staged over the five days.
Tournament organiser Aaron Bungard said he was incredibly pleased with the turnout for the tournament.
“We had fantastic numbers turn up to the tournament and everyone had a great time and it didn’t matter what the skill set was like there were grades for all people,” he said.
There were eight different grades both singles and doubles.
Bungard said he was a bit surprised to win the open grade of the competition.
“It was good to to face Mark Beard in the final and it was close but i managed to come away with a close win.”
The tournament came about after some fun nights at the centre.
“We decided to give it a crack after we had a fantastic response from people.”
Bungard said he was pleased with the quality of the badminton on display.
“Everyone went really good, we are hoping to do it again in the future.”
Tournament organiser Neal Hayes said a strong following of the sport prompted them to organised the event.
“Over 50 turned up and we were more than keen to do something about it.”
Aaron Bungard – Men’s Open Grade Singles and Men’s Open Grade Doubles, Beatrice Martin – Women’s Open Doubles and Mixed Open Grade Doubles, Jessica Cooper – Women’s A grade singles, Whitney Martin – Women’s Open Grade Doubles, Tyler Williams – Men’s Open Grade Doubles, Rodney Moffat – Men’s A Grade Doubles, Francis Thompson – Men’s A Grade Doubles, Steve Walker – Most Standout Player, Neal Hayes – Men’s A Grade Singles, Henry Young – Men’s C Grade Singles, Dianne Verdonk – Women’s Open Grade Singles, Holly Rayne – Girls Junior Grade Singles, Keidah Bungard – Mixed Open Grade Doubles, Craig Baird – Mens B Grade Singles
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
FATHER AND SON: Elijah and Dan Turbucz who were part of a Badminton Tournament held in Oamaru last week.