Following the recently completed National Team Trials and the Bahamas National Bowling Championships, a national squad has been ratified by the Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF).
The above named events served as the qualifying events for The Bahamas’ 2020 National Bowling Team. Coming out on top at the national championships at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace at the beginning of the month were David Slatter, a perennial national champion on the men’s side, and Janice Hoyte, a first-time women’s national champion among the ladies.
Joining Slatter on the men’s team are Graham Higgs, Alcondo Hepburn, Derrick Burrows, Anthony Ingraham and Obinna Okpuna in the adult category; Tyrone Knowles Sr., Kelsey Rolle, Mario Brown, Kevin Williams and Ricardo Rolle in the seniors category; and Ken Braithwaite and Gregory Taylor in the super seniors category. Charles Johnson will serve as an alternate in the super seniors.
Slatter and Hoyte will compete as seniors.
Joining Hoyte among the women are Driskell Rolle, Uchenna Delva, Micah Hepburn and Staniece Mortimer in the adult category; Shanta Kerr-Richardson, Cheryl Bevans and Camille Burnside in the seniors category; and Floridamae Wilson, Paula Harts and Cynthia Edgecombe in the super seniors category. Joyann Whymns will serve as an alternate in the seniors category.
Last year, Driskell Rolle turned in a fantastic performance for The Bahamas at the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, in Palembang, Indonesia, finishing 27th overall and missing the cut for the top 24 by just 56 pins. She also had the high-game of the tournament, turning in a near flawless 288 in the fourth game of her final block of qualifying.
The 27th place finish was the highest ever for a Bahamian woman at the world cup of bowling, and the 288-high game ranks second among Bahamian women only to the 290 that she posted here in The Bahamas.
On the men’s side, Burrows settled for a 62nd place finish out of 73 bowlers.
The 56th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup is set to be held in late November at the Kuwait Bowling Sporting Club in Salmiya, Kuwait. This will be the first time that Kuwait will host the bowling world cup.