Jarrod Langford Wins Fifth Consecutive Melbourne Tenpin Cup Title!

By Matt Stevens
June 17, 2024

This past weekend, the lanes at Oz Tenpin Chirnside Park in Victoria were filled with excitement as bowling superstar Jarrod Langford secured his fifth consecutive Melbourne Tenpin Cup title. With this victory, Langford inches closer to Jason Belmonte’s seven title record as the all-time winningest bowler in the 50-year history of this prestigious event.

Jarrod Langford, an experienced campaigner from Burdekin in North Queensland, now living more centrally near Caboolture, has had an exceptional year on the national open division circuit. Currently ranked third behind Justin Dinham and Blake Walsh, the 27-year-old bowler was recently selected for the Australian Open team traveling to Thailand for the 27th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championship. This latest victory solidifies his status as one of Australia’s top bowlers.

Langford’s triumph at the Melbourne Tenpin Cup marks his fifth title at the event. Only the legendary Jason Belmonte, with seven titles, has more. The question now on everyone’s mind is whether Langford can surpass Belmonte’s record and claim the title of the greatest bowler in the history of the event.

The weekend was packed with thrilling moments and high scores.

Sam Cooley, fresh from his stint in Singapore following a 10th place finish at the Singapore International Open, finished strong in his Qualifying B Squad, setting the pace with an impressive average of 244.5. However, his efforts were soon surpassed by fellow NTS Open team members Jordan Dinham and Jarrod Langford during Squad C. Dinham finished with a total of 2,450, just five pins ahead of Cooley, while Langford dominated with a total of 2,482, averaging an astonishing 248.2 over ten games.

In the first stage, Langford electrified the crowd in Game 4 with the event’s first perfect 300 game. The high-scoring trend continued in stage 2 with Dinham bowling another 300 in Game 1, before Troy Gaylard and Blayne Fletcher also each achieving perfect games, making it an unforgettable weekend of bowling.

The top 15 bowlers advanced to the final stage, which involved seven games of tri-match play. Troy Gaylard, boosted by his perfect game, won the most matchups, earning 200 bonus pins and finished strongly in an impressive performance. However, it was Langford who ultimately emerged victorious, finishing with a total of 5,570 pins, 97 pins ahead of runner-up Jordan Dinham. Sam Cooley secured third place with a total of 5,420 pins.

The Melbourne Tenpin Cup was the third of five events in the 2024 Open Division season. The first two events saw rising stars take top honours, with Justin Dinham leading the rankings after winning the Kegel QLD Open and placing sixth at the Australian Open. Victorian Bernie Grueso Jnr. also made waves with a win at the Australian Open and a recent strong performance in Singapore with a finishing place of 19th. As the season progresses, the competition continues to heat up, with seasoned campaigners and newcomers alike striving for glory.

Jarrod Langford’s performance this year has been nothing short of spectacular, and his fifth consecutive Melbourne Tenpin Cup title is a testament to his skill and determination. As he sets his sights on Jason Belmonte’s record, the bowling world will be watching closely. Can Langford become the greatest of all time at the Melbourne Tenpin Cup? Stay tuned to find out!

  • Total – 2,482
  • First place after stage 1
  • High Game – 300
  • Total – 3,739
  • First place after stage 2
  • High Game – 279 x 2
  • Total Pins – 5,380
  • Bonus – 190
  • Total – 5,570
  • Average 244.5
  • High Game in Stage 3 – 259
  • High Game in Tournament – 300
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HIGH GAME

300 – Jarrod Langford, Troy Gaylard, Jordan Dinham, Blayne Fletcher

After three events, the open division bowlers welcome a break with the next event, the NSW Open, scheduled for early September.

Langford’s win will catapult the King in the North to the top of the open rankings with two events to play out in September and October.

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