Bob Frka is Ballarat's Champion of Champions bowler after defeating Sebastopol's Rob Baker 25-20 in the final at City Oval Bowling Club.
The 74-year-old withstood a bold fightback by his 36-year-old rival, claiming the match and the title with a four on the 25th end. It was Frka's first Ballarat District Bowls Division Champion of Champions title.
Frka led 16-3 after 11 ends, using his long draw shots to advantage.
But Baker changed tactics, shortening each end to claw back to 16-14 by the 16th end.
Over the next eight ends there was little to separate the Mt Xavier division one third and his ex-premier division skipper opponent.
With the match in the balance at 21-20, Frka responded with three draw bowls close to the jack that put Baker under pressure. With his final bowl, Frka drew just in front of Baker's bowl to claim the four and the match.
Frka will now head to the regional Champion of Champions title on February 14 at Avoca.