A GALAXY of bowls stars will roll into town next month for Griffith's most prestigious annual tournament the Griffith Bowls Masters.
In a coup for Griffith, a number of national indoor and outdoor bowls champions will contest the tournament on October 9 and 10 at the Exies greens, boasting a total prize pool of $31,000.
Tournament director Peter Thornton said the quality of the field was unprecedented in the city's bowls history.
'We have a bumper field this year including both the Australian indoor and the Australian outdoor champions. We are basically bringing the Tiger Woods' and Greg Normans of the bowls world to Griffith," Mr Thornton said.
"Seven of the world's best players are coming to Griffith and countless current and past Australian and state representatives, including two members of the under-18s Australian squad.
"We are pushing Bowls Australia to make this event classed as one of the national selection trial events."
Griffith Bowls Tournament Association has also secured the first all-female team to contest the tournament's triples event, including Australian representative Claire Turley, gold medal winner at the 2012 World Championships.
Griffith City Council's tourism manager Greg Lawrence said the tournament would provide a sporting and economic boon for the city.
"This is another fabulous sporting event which brings many people to Griffith, which in turn, benefits the whole community; restaurants, accommodation houses, supermarkets, gift shops, everyone gains from the visitor market," Mr Lawrence said.
"The fact it attracts Australia's best bowlers and the associated media coverage of these events also assists in putting Griffith on the tourism map."
This tournament also provides the everyday bowler with the opportunity to play among the best in the country.
On Tuesday, October 8, a winner-takes-all bowls shootout will be held for all-comers.
A special dinner will also be a highlight of the weekend, with guests including Aussie cricket greats Len Pascoe and Doug Walters.