Champion of the gold category of Belait’s first singles 10-pin bowling league Safwan Anwar (C) with runner-up Hj Muhd Azhwandi (L) and third-placed Dr Sanny Hj Mohd (R) pose for a photo at the Grand Seria Bowling Centre on Wednesday. Picture: BT/Aaron Wong
BY AARON WONG
BELAIT - FIFTEEN-year-old Safwan Anwar swept aside his adult counterparts with an average of 211 points across 76 games to emerge as champion of the gold category at Belait’s first singles 10-pin bowling league on Wednesday.
Safwan entered the gold category with an average of 190 points in January, but by the end of the league the 15-year-old improved his game average by 21 points, scoring 503 strikes and 207 spares in the process. Hj Muhd Azhwandi Hj Sharbini was second with a 193 point average, beating Dr Sanny Hj Mohd who recorded a higher average of 202 points thanks to a superior head-to-head record.
The inaugural league – organised by the Belait District 10-pin Bowling Association (PBSPDB) – was contested across 19 one-on-one weekly matches at the Grand Seria Bowling Centre (GSBC), each comprising of four games worth one (game) point each.
The overall winner of each match, decided by most game wins followed by total pinfall if wins are tied, is then awarded an additional point.
Safwan recorded 75 points while Hj Muhd Azhwandi and Dr Sanny recorded 70 and 67 points respectively.
The 15-year-old from Lumut who has been nominated to represent the county at the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) in Sarawak in July, hopes the league victory will boost his prospects.
“I’m ready to take my game to the next level,” he said.
“I have been consistently practising three to four times (aside from competing) week in, week out.”
Safwan credits coaching from GSBC’s manager Tony Lim, who previously served as Malaysia’s director of coaching for bowling, for making the telling difference.
“I have learned so much from being under his guidance,” said Safwan.
“And when I’m not at GSBC and done with school work, I study professional bowlers.
“I look at how they approach the game, how they line up, how they move… Everything,” he added.
The gold league was made for bowlers entering with 161 to 199 averages. A silver league category for players with averages below 161 pints will culminate tonight at GSBC.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times