LAWN bowler Ken Wallis will be Hong Kong's flag-bearer at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony after securing bronze in the men's singles competition. Wallis lost his final game in section B 25-17 to Welshman Will Thomas, but still did enough to finish second in the group behind eventual gold medallist, Richard Corsie, of Scotland. Jersey's David le Marquand, Wallis' biggest threat going into the final day, beat Singapore's Chai Hon Yoong 25-24. But Wallis had confirmed the bronze long before le Marquand finished his match as Chai had taken enough shots off him, making it impossible to sneak second place. Both Wallis and le Marquand finished with seven wins from 10 matches, with the Hong Kong player having a superior shot difference of 47, compared to his rival's 34. Corsie, who lost just one of his 10 group matches, defeated England's Tony Allcock 25-20 in the final. It is the second successive Games in which a lawn bowler will carry Hong Kong's flag in the closing ceremony, and the last time for any Hong Kong athlete. Mark McMahon had the honour in Auckland four years ago after winning a silver medal in the men's singles. Wallis, 51, admitted that his mind had been on le Marquand's match with Chai. ''I kept looking over to see what their score was,'' Wallis said. ''When I saw that Chai had taken 12 or 13 shots off him, I was convinced that the medal was safe. ''I knew that I could afford to lose and I was not really playing that well. ''But I was out to get the shots that I needed,'' he added. Wallis and Thomas were locked at 15-15 when it became clear that le Marquand, who led Chai 17-9, was out of the running. Wallis' other defeats were against Corsie and Guernsey's Adrian Welch. The latter, he felt, was because of a two-day break between matches. ''I could have done without those two days off, but that was how the fixtures were set up,'' Wallis said. ''I struggled to get back into it and dropped the match.'' Meanwhile, women's singles player Rosemary McMahon completed her programme with a 25-19 win over Australia's Edda Bonutto in section B. McMahon finished sixth in her 10-strong group with three wins from nine matches. Northern Ireland's Margaret Johnston won the gold by beating Rita Jones, of Wales, 25-17 in the final. The women's fours team of Angela Chau, Jenny Wallis, Senina Yau and Lena Yeung Ching were the only other Hong Kong representatives to come close to a medal. They finished fourth in section A with four wins from seven games, only two points behind the bronze medallists from Scotland. Rae O'Donnell and Linda Smith, in the women's pairs, finished sixth in section A, winning three of their eight matches. The men's pair of Mark McMahon and Bill McMahon were in the most difficult group and eventually finished sixth with four wins in eight matches, with one draw. But such was the competition that only two points separated the Hong Kong pair from the second-placed team, England. The men's fours team of Noel Kennedy, George Souza, Danny Ho and Mel Stewart finished fifth after getting off to a good start in the competition with three successive wins. Hong Kong team manager Bob Gartan said, overall, he was disappointed that the territory did not win more medals. ''I thought the way the men's fours started that we were in with a chance of a medal,'' said Gartan. ''But then they started to lose a few. ''Mark and Bill were also unlucky. In the end it was a matter of just a couple of wins.'' Hong Kong's final Commonwealth Games before 1997 has particular significance for the lawn bowlers, for this is one their major tournaments. But Gartan said the territory can look forward to other high-quality events. ''There is still the world championships and the Pacific championships, so we will be able to compete regularly internationally.''