The Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) has sent an eight-member team to the 2019 World Bowling Senior Championship (WBSC) at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Competition got underway on Wednesday morning with the men in action.
The men’s team consists of Yule Hoyte, who is also the BBF vice president, Greg Taylor, Kevin Williams and bowler/Head Coach Ken Brathwaite.
On the women’s side, The Bahamas is represented by Janice Hoyte, Paula Harts, Angela Smith and Floridamae Wilson.
Up first for Team Bahamas in Squad A of the men’s singles were Taylor and Yule Hoyte.
Taylor finished with an average of 178.33 to finish 64th out of 80 bowlers. Hoyte’s average was 175.50, finishing 68th overall.
For Taylor, he started out with his highest score of 225 in the first game. He had a tough time on the second and third games before regaining control in the fourth game to bowl a 220. He had a 158 in the fifth game and ended the round with his lowest score of 146.
Hoyte got off to a tough start, bowling his lowest score of 141 in his first game. He picked it up in his second game as he bowled a 206, and made up for subpar performances in games three and four with a score of 204 in the fifth game. He ended the round with a score of 161 in the sixth game.
In Squad B were Brathwaite and Williams, and they finished 31st and 64th respectively out of 79 competitors.
Brathwaite finished with an average of 193.17. He had a good start, bowling a score of 199 in the first game. In his next game, he scored 177, and then bowled 195 and 199 in the third and fourth games. Brathwaite saved his best for last when he bowled a 232 in his sixth and final game.
Williams was not as fortunate as he started off his round with a score of 171. He had his best performance in the third game with a score of 199. His lowest score was in his second game when he bowled a 171.
All of the women competed yesterday morning.
Janice Hoyte finished with the highest average for the Bahamian women, posting 174.50. She finished 66th out of 101 bowlers.
She opened her round with a score of 167. Her highest scoring game was 202 in the third game. Her scores to end the round were 183 and a high 192 in the fifth and sixth games.
Smith was the next highest scorer for The Bahamas as she finished 96th. Her highest score came in the third game when she bowled a 199. She finished the round better than she started it.
Wilson finished 98th as she averaged 141.83. Her best score of 157 came in her first and fifth games.
For Harts, she finished 99th overall. She started off her round with her best score of 154. She had a tough time the rest of the way.
The men’s doubles Squad A got underway late yesterday evening. The Bahamas’ team consisted of Taylor and Brathwaite, and no results were available up to press time. Squad B will get underway this morning at 9 a.m. and will see Williams and Yule Hoyte in action. The ladies doubles match is set for this afternoon.
The team is bowling with a lot on their mind with Hurricane Dorian having affected families in the northern Bahamas. It’s a tough job for the team as they have to stay focused and ready to handle the task at hand during this difficult time for the country.
The WBSC includes the top senior bowlers from around the world and occurs every two years. Bowlers must be 50 years of age or older to participate. Competition wraps up on Monday, September 9.