Davis finishes 25th in the world; Ijeoma-Delva ends up 53rd
The Bahamas’ two-member bowling team gave it quite a ride at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at the BOL 300 Bowling Alley in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
At the end of qualifying last week, multi national champion Leonardo “Lee” Davis finished just outside of the top 24, and women’s national champion Uchenna Ijeoma-Delva had to settle for 53rd.
Davis finished 65 pins, and just one position, out of the 24th and final qualifying spot for the second round of roll-offs. He was 25th overall, with a 4,856 total pinfall, a 265 high game and a 202.33 average through 24 games or three blocks of bowling. This after sitting in the 43rd spot after one block.
On the women’s side, Ijeoma-Delva finished 53rd overall with a 3,680 total pinfall, a high game of 204 and an average of 153.33 through 24 games.
Both Davis and Ijeoma-Delva were unavailable for comment yesterday, but Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) Public Relations Officer Clayton Gardiner said that they in the federation are extremely proud of what the team was able to accomplish.
“Obviously we are very high on what Lee did. He battled all the way through and was right there at the end,” said Gardiner. “To finish 25th in the world is a remarkable accomplishment. It just goes to show what we could do as a country. You have to go there focussed, consistently bowling over 200, to get into that top 24 and Lee was right there. On the ladies side, there was a bit of a disappointment, but I believe Uchenna would have suffered a leg injury and that hampered her a bit. I’m sure she wouldn’t trade the experience for the world though. The bowling world cup is like the Olympics of bowling. We have athletes who want to get there and others who want to get back there. We had two athletes competing at the highest level of bowling. Uchenna struggled a bit, but Lee was right there, falling just a few pins short of qualifying for the next round. We’re all proud of them.”
Davis struggled miserably in the beginning, starting off 43rd out of 64 bowlers after the first block of eight games. He picked it up in the second block, and maintained that momentum in the third block.
“His first game was a 156 and I’m sure he’s looking back at that and wishing he had that one back. He was pretty good after that, but still to finish 25th in the world is remarkable. That’s extraordinary,” said Gardiner. “Lee is a warrior and he wants to go back, and I’m sure he’ll eventually get back there. As a federation, we have some exciting things planned for 2018. The juniors are coming along very well and we expect some big things out of them. They are the future of the sport, and the way that they are progressing, it shows that the sport is in good hands.”
Davis’ 156 in his first game was his low game of the tournament. Through his first six games, he had an average of just 190.83, but really picked it up in the second and third blocks. Davis had three open frames in his low game of 156, and nine strikes in his high game of 265. Initially, David Slatter was scheduled to represent The Bahamas at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup as the local national champion this year, but according to reports, he had to pull out because of work commitments.
A total of 70 countries were represented at the bowling world cup in the Sonoran capital of Hermosillo, and it was the sixth time that Mexico hosted the bowling world cup.
American Jakob Butturff and Krizziah Tabora, of the Philippines, won the men and women’s world titles respectively.
For Davis, it was his highest finish ever at the bowling world cup, and his first appearance since finishing 56th overall in 2014. Ijeoma-Delva was making her first appearance at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.