Globits well-placed to strike

GOLF COAST.? Former Grafton lawn bowler Shane Globits is perfectly placed to take out the inaugural Helensvale Grand Prix men's singles title after a bunch of top seeds made hasty exits from the event on the Gold Coast yesterdaytoday.

The 28-year-old top seed continued his brilliant singles form by beating Victorian young gun Todd Simmons 2-13 11-4 2-1 at Club Helensvale.

Earlier, Globits beat Queensland state triples champion Brett Wilkie 10-5 1-11 2-0.

The reigning Australian Open singles champion will play Western Australian Pieter Harris in the quarter-final.

While Globits enjoyed success, some of the big names in the event were bundled out by qualifiers.

The shock first round exits included reigning world singles champion and No.3 seed Steve Glasson, second seed and 2005 World Cup champion Mark Casey, and current world indoor pairs champion Kelvin Kerkow who was seeded five.

Harris, a former Australian squad member, booked his quarter-final spot with a 9-8 9-5 round one victory over Anthony Provost and a 10-1 5-7 2-0 win over Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Alex Murtagh.

Others to qualify were Brett Duprez, Michael Burgess, Bill Cornehls, Anthony Kiepe, Mark Strochnetter and local Larry Pointon.

In the women's pairs, wildcard entrants 15-year old Georgia White and former world singles champion Carmen Anderson will meet Australian Bowls Squad members Noi Tucker and Katrina Wright in the first semi-final.

South Australian qualifiers Penny Landherr and Riina Bradbrook are into the semis.