Pocket Preview: 2024 Kegel QLD Open

By Matt Stevens
March 1, 2024

The bowling community is buzzing with excitement as the Kegel Queensland Open prepares to launch the TBA Open Division’s 2024 nationally ranked events. This year marks the 14th edition of the prestigious competition, solidifying its place as a cornerstone event in the bowling calendar.

Set against the backdrop of the Caboolture Bowl, the event is scheduled to run from March 1st to 3rd, promising a spectacle of skill, precision, and spirited competition. With its popularity undiminished, the tournament has once again reached its capacity, boasting a full roster of 108 bowlers vying for the coveted title.

The Kegel Queensland Open is renowned for its rigorous and engaging format, designed to test the mettle of its competitors. Here’s a breakdown of what the bowlers and fans can expect:

  • Stage 1: The competition kicks off with all participants rolling 12 games across six 2-game blocks
  • Stage 2: The top 32 bowlers advance, carrying their pinfall forward for another 4-game showdown, narrowing the field while ramping up the pressure.
  • Stage 3: The heat intensifies as the top 16 competitors bowl an additional 4 games, each striving to make their mark and progress further.
  • Finals: The excitement peaks in the finals, where the top 8 bowlers enter the ‘footy’ finals format bracket – a test of nerve, strategy, and skill.

The finals are structured to deliver edge-of-your-seat moments, starting with a best-of-three games in Round 1, followed by a single game in Rounds 2 and 3, culminating in a grand final where the ultimate champion of the 2024 Kegel QLD Open will be crowned.

The tournament sees the return of Blayne Fletcher, the defending champion, ready to fend off challengers and retain his crown. Adding to the intrigue, Jarrod Langford, a four-time champion of this event, makes his comeback, promising a fierce competition at the lanes.

This year’s event is also notable for the participation of many NTS bowlers from various age groups, adding a layer of excitement and showcasing the depth of talent within the bowling community.

The Kegel Queensland Open stands as a challenging format, a full roster of eager competitors, and the return of bowling heavyweights, this year’s event is poised to be a memorable chapter in the tournament’s storied history. Fans and participants alike can look forward to three days of thrilling bowling action, where skill, strategy, and a bit of luck will determine the next champion.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes all bowlers the best of luck and high scoring at the Kegel QLD Open.