Local Hero Alicia Melton Captures QLD Ladies Classic Title

By Matt Stevens
May 27, 2024

This past weekend, the Caboolture Bowl in Queensland hosted the 25th anniversary of the Queensland Ladies Classic, the second Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) Women’s Division event for 2024. Local bowler Alicia Melton emerged victorious, defeating a strong field of competitors, including defending champion Bek Martin and six-time winner Bec Whiting. Melton’s impressive performance ensured the trophy stayed at Caboolture, where she will now prepare for her debut Australian team appearance at the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in September.

Melton, recently selected for her first Australian team heading to the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in September, showcased her exceptional skill and familiarity with the Caboolture lanes. A winner back in 2012, the win 12 years later, showcases her lasting impact in the women’s tenpin bowling scene over a sustained period of time.  

Melton started strong in the A squad, firing off an impressive 977 in her first four games. She continued her momentum, finishing the first stage of eight games with a top score of 1,758, averaging 219.8. Close behind were Bek Martin, just 11 pins off the lead, and the all-time title holder Bec Whiting, 27 pins behind.

Day two saw a dramatic start with Bec Whiting shooting a perfect 300 game in her second match, rocketing to the top of the standings. By the end of the six games, Whiting held the lead with a total of 3,043 (217.4 avg), 56 pins ahead of Melton, with Dena Buxton in third.

After 14 games, the top 16 bowlers advanced to an additional four games. Notable moves in the final stretch before the finals bracket included Caboolture bowler Shannon Thomas jumping from 10th to 7th and Amy Wallace from Aspley securing the final spot in the top 8.

Finals

The popular ‘Footy Finals Format’ bracket kicked off with top seed Bec Whiting defeating her ‘Bec Squared’ partner Bek Martin 222-195. Second seed Alicia Melton faced a tougher challenge, losing to Dena Buxton 187-167 ensuring the local would have to win one more game to make the semi-finals. Angela Fan from Zone Bowling Tuggeranong ended Amy Wallace’s run 199-189, and Madeline FitzRoy defeated local Shannon Thomas 246-204 in the other elimination final.

In the next round, Bek Martin edged out Angela Fan 206-201, and Alicia Melton eliminated Madeline FitzRoy 201-189 to secure a semi-final spot. The semi-finals delivered surprises with both top qualifiers, Bec Whiting and Dena Buxton, being defeated. Melton overcame Whiting 194-175, and defending champion Bek Martin appeared to time her run perfectly defeating Buxton 188-172.

Final Showdown

The final was a one-sided affair with Alicia Melton decisively beating Bek Martin 242-180, claiming the 25th anniversary trophy of the Queensland Ladies Classic.

The 25th instalment had it all – a perfect 300 game, numerous twists and turns, and a local hero securing the title. Congratulations to Alicia Melton and all the participants for an unforgettable weekend of bowling!

TBA Interim CEO Ryan Edgar with Champion Alicia Melton

TBA Interim CEO Ryan Edgar with Champion Alicia Melton

TBA Interim CEO Ryan Edgar with Runner-up Rebekah Martin

TBA Interim CEO Ryan Edgar with Runner-up Rebekah Martin

2024 QLC Champion - Alicia Melton

2024 QLC Champion – Alicia Melton

  • 1st round – Alicia Melton 167 loses to Dena Buxton 187
  • 2nd round – Alicia Melton 207 defeats Madeline FitzRoy 189
  • Semi-Final – Alicia Melton 194 defeats Bec Whiting 175
  • Grand Final – Alicia Melton 242 defeats Bek Martin 180
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HIGH GAME

Bec Whiting (VIC) – 300

The Women’s Division will return to Queensland in August for the second of three times in 2024 for the Suncity Women’s Open on the 24-25 August 2024 at the AGL National High Performance Centre on the Sunshine Coast. Entry information is expected to be released shortly.

After finishing 11th at the Vic150 and now claiming the title at the QLD Ladies Classic, Melton will sit near the top end of the standings. With another impressive performance from ‘Bec Squared’, both Bec Martin and Bec Whiting will head into the third event as the top-ranked women’s division bowlers in the country. With all three selected to represent Australia in September, exciting times are ahead.

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