Easter Sunday at AMF Keon Park saw Sam Cooley win the Australian Open and Bec Whiting finish on top of the scratch division at the Vic150, with both bowlers earning a spot to represent Australia at the 2018 QubicaAMF World Cup in Las Vegas this November.
On Good Friday both Cooley and Whiting began qualifying against a star studded field. After winning the Kegel Queensland Open in early March, Cooley was searching for form heading into the USBC Masters and PBA League. Trying to find the right line in the first block of qualifying the New South Welshman made a ball switch to finish the 8 games in 12th place averaging 209 and 157 pins behind leader Michael Murray (1830).
On Day 2, Cooley’s new game plan was paying off bowling games of 200, 267, 198, 219, 247, 267, 191 and 234 to move up the leader board and into 3rd place.
With the top 32 bowling a further 6 games before the match play rounds Cooley continued his rise by moving into first place and 12 pins ahead of George Frilingos. In the 3 way match play, Cooley won 3 of a possible 7 matches to qualify for the stepladder finals in second place.
After seeing Glen Loader defeat Derek Adams 200-183 Cooley came up against the 2015 Australian Masters Champion to win the match 223-187 and meet Frilingos in the first of two matches.
With the title on the line and Cooley having to win the first match to push Frilingos into a decider, the pressure brought out the best in the PBA bowler. With his ball selection sorted and his confidence growing, Cooley was lofting the gutter to bowl 299 to Frilingos’ 227 and force match number two.
In the title match Cooley’s form continued to see him march ahead and eventually win the title 269-192 and earn his place at the 54th QubicaAMF World Cup.
In the Vic150, leading 2017 bowler Bec Whiting battled it out with the established stars of the sport and up and coming bowlers to take the scratch title.
After finishing second at the Fishing & Outdoor World Ladies Classic, Whiting began qualifying bowling games of 238, 187, 214, 153, 238, 220, 234 and 197 moving a step closer to being at on the plane to Las Vegas. On Day 2, the 27-year-old continued her push for the title finishing the second 8 games of qualifying, bowling 257 in the final game to average 208 with Dena Buxton the next best averaging 200 with 11 matches to determine the qualifier for the World Cup.
With the top 12 scratch and graded bowlers pairing up, Whiting and Debbie Naughten joined to win 5 of the 11 matches to see them finish the best of the pairings and see Whiting claim her third consecutive entry into the World Cup and her first ranked event title win of 2018. Whiting and Naughten also claimed back to back titles in he doubles becoming the first team to do so.
For the final standings visit www.tenpinresults.com.au.