Western Australian Bowler Wins 2018 Gold Coast Cup

By Chris Rushton
August 20, 2018

Western Australian bowler Matt Watson has won the 2018 Gold Coast Cup at the weekend, defeating Alicia Melton in the final with 2017 winner Bec Whiting finishing in third.

In the match play rounds yesterday at Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin, Watson surged from 13th place in Stage 2 of qualifying into the top position following 4 wins across the 7 rounds.

As the number one seed, Watson watched Ashley Warren win 207-178 over Dena Buxton and Caboolture bowler Alicia Melton defeat Warren in match 2, 212-166.

With match three deciding Watson’s opponent in the final, Melton drew 2017 winner Bec Whiting.  After leading qualifying in Stage 1 and sitting in second behind Watson in Stage 2, Whiting had her eyes on the final.  However, the Queenslander had other thoughts and saved one of her best games until last, defeating the leading female bowler in the country 181-166 to move into the final and a chance of taking home the 2018 Gold Coast Cup.

With it all on the line Watson found his line and bowled 202 to Melton’s 189, seeing the Cannington bowler take home his first ranked event of 2018.

The open division will now move to the NSW Open on 8 and 9 September with the Australian Masters to decide the rankings points’ winner of 2018 in October.

For all the final standings visit www.tenpinresults.com.au.

Photos courtesy of Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin