Bec Whiting and Jade Hawke Soar to Victory at the Vic150

By Matt Stevens
April 2, 2024

In a spectacular showcase of tenpin bowling talent and teamwork, Bec Whiting and Jade Hawke claimed the 2024 Vic150 crown, demonstrating this cherished event’s unique spirit and competitive fire. Hosted at Zone Bowling Frankston, the tournament not only kicked off the Women’s ranked event season but also highlighted the remarkable talents of its participants.

Bec Whiting, a name synonymous with excellence in the bowling community, secured her sixth Vic150 title, inching ever closer to the record held by her idol, Ann Maree Putney. Jade Hawke, a relative newcomer from Caboolture Bowl in QLD, showcased the transformative power of the Vic150, leaping from a 105th place finish at the Kegel Open to clinching victory in only her second ranked event. This victory encapsulates the essence of the Vic150—where dreams become reality, and every roll counts.

Whiting dominated the scratch division from start to finish, laying down a solid 1,717 on the first day’s eight games, averaging an impressive 214.6 at her home centre. On day two, it was much the same, as Whiting maintained her lead with a score of 1,674 on the next eight games, providing a total of 3,391 over sixteen games.

64 pins behind sat the second half of Bec Squared, Bek Martin and in third place Sarah Phillips, who showcased their skills but couldn’t surpass Whiting’s consistent excellence.  

In the graded division, local Frankston bowler Lee Howlett led with an outstanding performance, ending with a total of 3,207 pins.

The event’s unique format then took centre stage, pairing the top ten graded bowlers with the top ten from the scratch division in an exciting Matchplay doubles final. This innovative approach led to the pairing of Whiting and Hawke, a duo that quickly proved unstoppable, securing their victory with a combined total of 10,219 pins.

The 10,219 total included six wins from their nine matchups to collect a bonus of 120. Sarah Phillips and her partner Kristy Gibbons captured the most wins with seven, which helped capture second place with 10,132 pins, and Western Australian NTS Open athlete Siarn Ottaviano with Tara Nankervis rounded out the podium with five wins and a 9,938 total.

The Vic150 once again proved its unique place in the bowling calendar, combining individual brilliance with the camaraderie of team competition. Congratulations to Bec Whiting, Jade Hawke, and all the competitors who made the 2024 Vic150 a tournament to remember.

  • 6 wins from 9 games
  • Total pins of 9.,431 with a bonus of 120 = 10,219

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HIGH GAME

279 – Sarah Phillips (VIC)

With the Vic150 setting a high bar for the season, all eyes now turn to the Queensland Ladies Classic, set for May 25-26 at Caboolture Bowl. The 2023 Rankings Champion, Bec Whiting has certainly started her year with a bang, and the competition in Queensland promises to be just as thrilling. With the event’s recent move to accommodate NTS Open bowlers participating in the Malaysian Open, anticipation is building for what is sure to be another highlight of the 2024 Women’s ranked event season with only very limited positions available in the two-squad event.

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