Geraldton bowler Fiona Panting sets record, three shy of all-time highest score

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Fiona Panting, right, shown with fellow bowler Lorraine Exten.
Camera IconFiona Panting, right, shown with fellow bowler Lorraine Exten. Credit: Supplied

History was made last Friday at the Geraldton Bowling Club’s mixed scroungers event, as Fiona Panting returned a score of 65 points out of a possible 96 during the qualifying rounds of the weekly competition.

The total, a record for a female bowler, was just three shy of the overall highest score set by Dave McQuade during men’s Sunday scroungers 30 years ago.

The return was one of true consistency, with Panting scoring on each of the 16 ends played — remarkably, her record-setting total did not include a maximum score.

Scrounger master Barry Chester reigned supreme in the final ahead of Shane Guidice-Nairn and Neil Exten.

At Wonthella’s Saturday men’s scroungers, 18 players went head-to-head, with John DeCastro the winner and qualifier for the King Scrounger finals next month.

The very consistent Mark Adams was second, ahead of the quality of Richard Attrill and Kerry Easton. Attrill returned the highest score of the day with 42 points, seven clear of the next-best David Melling. Kim Trigwell returned two maximums during the day, with Attrill and Kim North achieving one each.

At Geraldton’s drawn pairs, 16 combinations went head-to-head, with Peggy Johnson the star performer.

After several weeks away from the greens, the Irish star joined Joe Criddle in amassing 25 shots and two wins along the journey.

In a real family affair, Peggy’s husband Bill partnered Jan Carroll to successive victories for a second-place finish, with two wins plus seven.

The husband-and-wife theme continued with Len Carroll joining his wife Jan on the winners’ list.

Carroll joined forces with Mal McKenzie returning a plus five from the two victories, with Barry Chester and Rolf Shreyvogal next, winning both matches by the barest possible margin, positioned just shy of the podium.

This Friday afternoon Geraldton and Wonthella will continue with mixed scroungers. Wonthella has men’s scroungers on Saturday. Geraldton has a mixed event fixture starting at 1.30pm.

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