BRISBANE’S John King clawed his way back from an ordinary start to claim the 2010 Gympie Grand Slam Ten Pin Bowling Tournament at the weekend.
The tournament was held at the Gympie Ten Pin Bowling Centre over Saturday and Sunday and was the second round of the nine-round Queensland 2010 Wide Bay Tour.
King’s victory was a tribute to his mental toughness after braving a lacklustre start.
Gympie Ten Pin Bowling Centre owner Peter Walsh said King was deserving of the victory.
“On the first day John’s form was average throughout the first six games,” Walsh said.
“But he came back and turned it around beautifully.”
The turning point for the Brisbane competitor was an outstanding game that almost saw him achieve a perfect game of 300 – the dream of every amateur bowler.
After sending the pins flying in all directions with 11 consecutive strikes, King needed just one more from his last frame.
He stumbled when the big moment arrived, taunted by a single upright pin.
It was small loss in the scheme of things as the game marked a turning point for King.
“John just gained momentum after that game,” Walsh said.
“He went on to bowl high scores from there on and he was able to catch up with the leaders.”
King cracked the top 24 and then slipped inside the top 12. His rivals were nervously starting to play attention at this point.
When it came down to the final charge, King delivered the goods and clinched the victory and winner’s pay cheque.
Coming in second was Brendan Meads, a former Gympie league player now pushing his ten pin career to new heights in Brisbane.
Unfortunately for Meads, coming second after leading the tournament was an all-too-familiar experience.
In Bundaberg for the opening round of the circuit, Meads was leading and cruising towards a win until falling short in the dying stages of competition.
“Brendan will be scratching his head wondering what happened and it might become a psychological problem if it happens next round,” Walsh said.
Brandon Qualischfski of Maroochydore finished third.
Walsh said the tournament was a success and thanked the crowds who turned out over two days to see the elite competition.