Stettler’s Nicole Philpot placed fourth in the Youth Bowling Canada (YBC) Nationals, which was hosted in Calgary this year from May 7-9 in four separate bowling venues.
The Chinook Bowladrome is where Philpot bowled, along with other singles and bantam teams.
In her first game, she lost by one pin and had to get down the corner pin, which was worth two points.
“I thought I got it, but the pin wobbled and stood up,” said Philpot. “After the first day, I was four wins and three losses, at this point everybody was still very close in the standings.”
On day two, Philpot had scored six wins and three losses.
“By the end of day two, I was sitting in a three-way tie for the third place, being two points behind the first player, who was from Quebec at the time and one point behind Saskatchewan,” explained Philpot. “It was still pretty close and was anyone’s game going into Monday, our final day.”
On the final day, Philpot got herself into a four-way tie for first, but wasn’t able to consolidate her lead.
“I had the door open for me the entire game, but I wasn’t able to make any ground as I kept plowing,” said Philpot. “Of course, I needed a strike or spare in the last frame to secure the win, but I got another head pin.”
Going into her last game of nationals, Philpot was sitting in a three-way tie for second and third with Northern Ontario and Quebec, and by this time Saskatchewan had locked in gold.
“In order for me to get into the three-way tie breaker game, I needed to win this last match,” continued Philpot. “I knew it was going to be a rough game when I started it off with three in a row of head pins.”
According to Philpot, it was frustrating and disappointing at the same time.
“There’s only so much you can do to help get the ball moving in across the head pin more or in the pocket, which I did but didn’t work,” added Philpot. “Overall though it was a great experience, because places like Nova Scotia and Northwest Territories are only able to send singles, and not a full team and that gave me the opportunity to meet the girls from there, which is pretty cool as I never got to experience that last year at nationals.”