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BBF Monthly Handicap Tournament gets underway


Published: Sep 04, 2013

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This past Saturday, the Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) launched its monthly ‘Bahamas Bowling Federation Monthly Handicap Series’ (BBFMHS 2013-2014). It’s a monthly handicap tournament created to improve the skills of Bahamian bowlers and it’s also a self-help initiative to raise much needed funds for the federation. The federation has one major tournament left for this year, the 2013 World Cup. There are several tournaments planned for 2014 that will require funding. This past Saturday, a total of 20 participants took part, and they bowled three games each. Winners were declared in the following categories and cash prizes were given for: High Games winners - 1st Game (Handicap) - Ansel ‘Bobby’ Ferguson; 2nd Game (Handicap) - David Slatter (Slatter received no handicap pins and beat the field with this scratch score); 3rd Game (Handicap) - Richard ‘Richie’ Pyfrom; High Set Handicap winners (three games) - 1st - Richard Pyfrom; 2nd - Ansel Ferguson; and 3rd - Barrett McDonald.

With a blistering 255 scratch and added by his 35 pins handicap, Ferguson ran away with the first game. Ferguson was working on his game during summer and is looking to show improvement during the 2013-2014 City Bowling League which starts on September 16, 2013. Slatter won the second game with a huge 280 game (scratch). In this tournament, Slatter receives zero handicap pins so he must “beat the field” with his scratch score. Slatter is always dangerous on the lanes, and whenever he hits the lanes, opponents must pay attention. In the third and final game, Pyfrom bowled a huge 277 to beat the entire field. Even though he received 10 handicap pins, he did not need it because the 277 scratch was good enough to beat all scores - both scratch and handicap. Pyfrom is one of the top bowlers in the country.

In the overall three-game set, Pyfrom was able to shoot a 710 scratch, and aided by 30 handicap pins, he captured the high three-game award. Ferguson proved that his name should soon be a part of the conversation, as he toppled the pins for a 606 scratch and aided with his handicap of 105, over three games, he produced a total of 711 to finish second. Barrett McDonald quietly snuck in for third place with a decent 572 scratch, and when added to his handicap score, he totaled 681. McDonald is a veteran. He likes these kinds of tournaments.

Due to the high interest, the federation has decided to hold another tournament on September 14 - the Saturday before the City Bowling League season starts. Some notable names were absent from this first tournament. Bowlers such as Sonith Lockhart, Lee Davis and Ryan Davis are expected to “make some noise” at the next tournament and future monthly tournaments.

Bowlers interested in entering the next tournament are asked to contact tournament director Clayton Gardiner at 636-3673 or e-mail him at cjamesgardiner@coralwave.com.

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