BBF preparing for 2014 Bahamas Bowling National Championships
Published: Mar 19, 2014
In a blistering display of bowling, Sonith ‘Kemosabee’ Lockhart rolled a perfect 300 in his third game of the monthly Bahamas Bowling Federation’s (BBF) handicap tournament.
With play stopped (on the other lanes) as he proceeded to bowl his final ball, you could hear a pin drop on what bowlers call “the short side” of the alley. As soon as the ball left his hand, there was a crescendo of cheers, “hoping, praying that we’d witness a perfect game”, and there it was, a perfect 300 by the confident Lockhart, who now is poised to repeat as national champion. Let the word go out loud and clear, there are “pretenders” and there are “contenders” for the coveted 2014 Bahamas bowling national crown, but Sonith Lockhart will put up a valiant fight to retain the title. Bowlers will have to bring their ‘A’ games to beat him.
In the second game of the three-game set, Jarien Winters shot a 237 and really did not need his handicap pins to beat the field. With a scratch score of 237, no one in the field was close. Winter will be entering the 2014 bowling nationals, and his team is also in the Banker’s Bowling League playoffs.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Officer Byron McClain won the first game with a 239 scratch, and with his 12.6 handicap, he just nipped Janice Hoyte. Hoyte, who bowled a 225 scratch and with a 25.9 handicap, came in second at 250.9. She has cashed in before (so has Officer McClain) at these monthly tournaments.
As for the 2014 BBF National Championships, competition will get underway on Monday March 24, and culminates on April 6, with the televised ‘Championship Sunday’ when the 2014 champions (male and female) will be crowned, at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace.
“We are looking for a record amount of entrants so please get your application in early,” said tournament director Clayton Gardiner. “We have cash pay outs for the winners in this year’s nationals and it promises to be an exciting time. Again, don’t wait until the last minute to register... get your application in early.”
The current men and women’s champions are Sonith Lockhart and Driskell Rolle. Lockhart will have to fight off the challenge of bowlers such as Leonardo Davis, Sammie Symonette, David Slatter, Mario ‘Hawk’ Brown, and the two Pyfrom brothers, Richie and Johann, just to name a few. Lockhart is looking to become a three-time national champion.
On the ladies side, Rolle will be challenged by bowlers such as Joy Lockhart, Xynea Johnson, Joanne Powell, Camille Burnside and Janice Hoyte just to name a few. Veterans bowlers such as Marina McClain, Kayla Nixon and Angie Smith could also have something to say, and newcomers Tara Johnson, Dolly Knowles and Michelle Outten will be trying to establish themselves as viable contenders for the title.
“At the end of the day, the game is still played on the lanes. Those who want it, must bowl… and bowl well,” said Gardiner. “We are looking forward to an exciting 2014 Bahamas bowling nationals.”
In the men’s division, there will be categories A-E and in the women’s division, there will be categories A-D. These categories will be based on the averages of the registered bowlers. The BBF’s objective is to divide the male bowlers evenly between the five categories, and the female bowlers evenly between the four categories.
The entry fee is $150 for BBF members and $160 for non BBF members. The registration deadline is Friday March 21, and there is a late payment charge of $20. Non BBF members must register to become a BBF member in order to compete. The membership fee is included in the entry fee. After a competitor throws his or her first ball of the competition, the entry fee is non-refundable.
All checks are to be made payable to the Bahamas Bowling Federation, and all cash payments are to be made directly to either of the BBF representatives: Clayton Gardiner, Joanne Powell or Yule Hoyte.
After 18 games of qualifying, the top 18 men and top 18 women will bowl an additional six games to determine the top five men and women qualifiers for the ‘Championship Finals’. Each bowler’s total pins after 18 games will carry over for the final six games of qualifying.
The ‘Championship Finals’ will be in a step-ladder format. The number five qualifier and the number four qualifier will bowl one game. The winner will then move on the bowl the number three qualifier. The winner of this game will move on to bowl the number two qualifier, and the winner of this game will move on to bowl the number one qualifier. The winner of the final match will be the National Bowling Champion.
The men and women’s champions will represent The Bahamas at the 2014 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. If either champion is unable to compete in the QubicaAMF World Cup, then the respective runner-up will be selected.
Once again, the league extends congratulations to its March monthly handicap winners - Byron McClain, Jarien ‘Lucky’ Winters and Sonith Lockhart.
BBF Monthly Handicap Tournament
Bowlers Scratch Handicap Total
Byron McClain 239 12.6 251.6
Jarien ‘Lucky’ Winters 237 33.6 270.6
Sonith ‘Kemosabee’ Lockhart 300 0 300
1st - Sonith Lockhart - 703
2nd - Byron McClain - 671.8
3rd - Jarien Winters - 642.8