Master Bowlers' Association of Alberta

Official website of the Alberta Master Bowlers

August 2017

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Welcome back for another season of the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta.

Alberta Wins Aggregate at Nationals in Regina

We had a very good showing in Regina as we won the aggregate for the fifth time in six years. Actually we tied with Ontario for this honour.

Congratulations to Jennifer Smith (Marshall) who won the Tournament Ladies Singles Gold Medal for a second time. Jennifer won the title in 1997. Jennifer finished first in the match play with a great 16 win 4 loss and one tie record. Jennifer then won the Gold Medal step ladder with two straight wins over Tracey Ormiston of Ontario. Jennifer joins our Dianne Violini as multiple winners of this prestigious title.

Gary Baird tied for second and third but came up short in a one game roll off against Tom Williams of Northern Ontario and eventual champion Shane Chafe of Newfoundland. The Tournament Men singles were extremely close as the top qualifier Danny Baer had 24 points and the 8th qualifier had 18 points. Three bowlers had 20 points and three had 22 points.

Tournament Men brought home Gold led by Freddie Tofflemire  who set a new MBA of Canada record for average at a Masters Nationals with 296.8 average. Dexter Wiseman, Brad Wilton, Brad Glynn, Matt Schultz, and coach Cassey Campbell comprised the team. This was the first Gold medal for the men since 2010.

Tournament Ladies won silver. Congratulations to Tracy Smith, Halea DeSutter, Danielle DeBlois, Shauna Pirie-Laisnez, Bonnie McDonald and coach Geoff Wilson. Alberta native Jennifer Baker led the Newfoundland ladies to their first ever Gold Medal.

Bonnie Clermont won Gold with a 15-6 match play record amongst the Teaching Division. The Teaching Ladies brought home a bronze medal. Congratulations to Bonnie Clermont, Rhonda Bowden, Jennifer Smith (Johnston), Courtney Rowlett, Ryleigh Cleator and coach Bob Stirling. Our Teaching Men finished eighth.

Jaymin Wudkevich won a Silver medal in Teaching Division singles.

Norm Preston won a Bronze Medal for Seniors Singles. The Seniors had a lot of fun.

Alberta Rookies Show Their Macho Side

Alberta Rookies did us proud with excellent costumes and an outstanding performance to the tune of “Macho Man” by the Village People. We even had Jennifer Smith (Johnston) do three point pushups to up the ante. We certainly had the most rookies at Nationals by far and the stage could not contain them. Before long they were making their way onto the dance floor and enticing the judges with their act. Kudo’s to our rookies who are no longer rookies. Alberta always puts on a great show! Memories for life.


Rookie Tournament Rate

We continue to offer the Rookie Rate to welcome new bowlers into our Tournaments. First year members of the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta over the age of 25 and who has never been a member of any Master Bowlers Association in Canada will be charged the same tournament rate currently charged to our members under the age of 25 during their first season of tournaments.

Welcome Back Tournament Rate

We also have our Welcome Back Rate. Members of the Master Bowlers Association over the age of 25 and who have not competed in any Master Bowlers Association tournament in Canada in the past 3 consecutive seasons will have the opportunity to apply to be charged the same tournament rate currently charged to our members under the age of 25 during the current season of tournaments. The application must be received prior to participation. The rate can be used once during the member’s lifetime.


Alberta 5 Pin Cards

MBA of A members competing in qualifying tournaments must be a member in good standing with the Alberta 5-Pin Bowlers’ Association and the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta. The 5 pin card must be purchased through a local proprietor or directly through the Alberta 5 pin office.

Tournament Schedule

Enclosed you will find the schedule for the season’s upcoming tournaments. Please remember to check future newsletters for notices of change of dates or times.  Sometimes changes do have to be made and we do not want anyone missing out or arriving for a tournament on the wrong day.

Master/Youth Tournament

Included with this newsletter you will find an entry form for the Master/Youth Tournament.  These entry forms are to be forwarded to Paradise Lanes. Mark Miller’s information is included on the entry form.

The Master/Youth Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 18 & 19, 2017, at Paradise Lanes in Calgary, with a shift at 3:00 p.m. and also a 7:00 p.m. shift, if necessary.  Entry fee is $50.00 per bowler!

Please be sure to include your phone number on the entry form.  This is in the event that you need to be contacted in the case of a time change or cancellation.  Neither are likely, but having your phone number makes this much easier!  Thank you.

Late Renewal Fee

Please note the late fee of $10.00 if renewal fees are not paid by September 23rd of the current bowling season.


Upcoming Coaching Clinics

 Community Sport – Initiation – Sunday September 24, Chinook Mall Training Center, lower level across from Chinook Bowladrome, Calgary 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 P.M.

(Registration deadline is Monday, September 18, Maximum 20 students.)

To register for this clinic email Brian Sudbury at:

Community Sport – Initiation – Sunday October 15, Christmas Bureau in Red Deer, #15, 7428 – 49 Ave., (behind the Ranch House Restaurant, just north of Cosmos Bottle Depot, one block east of Gaetz Ave.), 9:00- 5:00 P.M.

(Registration deadline is October 7, Maximum 12 students.)

Competitive Coach – September 22 – 24, Christmas Bureau in Red Deer, #15, 7428 – 49 Ave., (behind the Ranch House Restaurant, just north of Cosmos Bottle Depot, one block east of Gaetz Ave.), Friday 6 pm – 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Registration deadline is September 16, Maximum 12 students.)

To register for these clinics email Pat O’Callaghan at:

The 2018 Nationals will be held in Thunder Bay, Ont. from June 30, 2018 – July 5, 2018.  Travel dates June 29, Opening Ceremonies June 30 and departing July 5

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