Here are some photos from the 2010 PBA Playdowns Tournament and a great article by Frank Sousa
Here is Frank Souza's article posted on the PBA wesite:
USA - 2010 QUALIFYING EVENTS
The Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club once again played host to the 2010 US PBA Qualifying Events. Their artificial green was in superb condition and their hospitality was outstanding.
Our special thanks to President Jerry Louis and his Committees for their support and warm hospitality extended to us and to their members for giving up their green for the duration of our tournament. We are most grateful to them.
Results of the 2010 US PBA Qualifiers:
Scottish International Singles:
Abe Kaplan def. Neil Furman 3 - 8, 8 - 4, 2/1 Tie Breaker
Welsh International Singles:
Neil Furman def. Charlie Herbert 8 - 6, 7 - 4
World Indoor Singles:
Neil Furman def. Frank Souza 7 - 6, 10 - 2
World Indoor Pairs:
Dan Christensen / Ed Quo def. Dee McSparran / Larry Murphy 11 - 3, 7 - 5
Photos By David Sievert
The outstanding bowler was Neil Furman. He was in awesome form to bowl his way to three finals, the Scottish, Welsh and World Singles losing only to Abe Kaplan in the Scottish Open.
Abe Kaplan, a long time member of PBA in South Africa, showed his tournament experience against a worthy opponent in Neil Furman in the Scottish Finals. It was superb finals match to watch as it came down to the last bowl of the third tie breaker. In November, Abe will be representing the US PBA in Scotland. I am delighted that he is now a member of the US PBA.
In the Welsh Open, Charlie Herbert fought his way to the finals only to lose to Neil 7 - 6 in a close first set. In the second set, Neil denied Charlie of any chance of tying their match. Charlie had some unfortunate rubs but without a doubt he will be back next year with vengeance.
In the World Singles, I had the opportunity to play against our newest PBA member, Aaron Zangle in the semi finals. It was a hard fought match but I was fortunate to be in good form to win the first set by a score 7 - 6 and 7 - 7 in the second set. I strongly believe that Aaron will be representing the US PBA in the near future. I enjoyed playing against Neil Furman in the finals. I lost the first set by a score of 7 -6. In the second set, Neil demonstrated his true form once again to represent US in the World Singles at Potter in January 2011.
In the Pairs, Ed Quo and Dan Christensen prevailed over the team of Dee McSparran and Larry Murphy. Ed credited their team's success to the fine lead bowls from his partner Dan Christensen. They ran away with the first set but a much closer match in the second set to win by a score of 7 to 5.
Good Luck and Good Bowling to all our winners.
Article prepared by
US PBA Representative