UNKNOWN Rajnesh Prasad of Nadi Sports Club upset favourite Lema Matailevu to lift the Victa Clark Open Singles Championship title at the Lautoka Bowling Club yesterday.
Rajnesh, the manager of Portion Pak Fiji Limited defeated Matailevu 21-11 in the final
Playing in the tournament for the first time Rajnesh upset veteran Shorab Khan 21-7 in the student/master battle during the quarter-final and then beat Keegan Jaduram 21-17 in the semi-finals.
The title win entitles Rajnesh entry to the prestigious Masters Championship.
Rajnesh said the win was not expected.
"I went into the tournament with a low profile," he said.
"I took up the sport actively one year ago and have good friends like Nadi Sports Club bowls director Bobby Prasad and Sanjeet Sen who have been guiding me during the practise sessions.
"This is my first major victory and it has really boosted me to achieve more victories in the future. I dedicate this to my wife Anshu and daughter Alice."
In the quarter-finals Matailevu defeated Permal Satya 21-11 and beat Bobby 21-16 in a tight semi-final.
Tournament co-ordinator David Bennion said it was pleasing to note debutant Rajnesh did well in the two-day event.
Bennion said the two-day event was a success despite the top bowlers being away in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
G Maxwell won the inaugural title back in 1967.
Results: Quarter-finals: Rajnesh Prasad 21 Shorab Khan 7, Keegan Jaduram 21 Jare Josaia 18, Lema Matailevu 21 Permal Satya 11, Bobby Prasad 21 Martin Fong 12; Semi-finals: Rajnesh Prasad 21 Keegan Jaduram 17, Lema Matailevu 21 Bobby Prasad 16; Final: Rajnesh Prasad, 21 Lema Matailevu 11.