About tiger bowls/CHINA OPEN
Tiger Bowls-World Invitation is held in Hong Kong first with the China Open following in Shenzhen, China. These prestigious tournaments are endorsed by World Bowls. The goal of this event is to promote the sport of lawn bowls internationally while also increasing the players’ skills through competition against world class teams.
Bowlers for this event are selected members of Team USA and National Teams from many different countries
Day 1 – Ranking Stage: Teams are divided into groups and play in a round-robin format of 5 games.
According to results, top 36 teams go into Plate section and remaining teams are in Cup section.
Day 2 – Qualifying Stage: Teams are regrouped according to results and play within that section.
At completion the tpp 4 teams of of Cup and Plate sections will be qualified to go on.
Day 3 – Knock-out Stage: The top 4 teams play the semi-finals and finals under single knock-out format.
Round robin games are 8 ends, divided into 3 skins. Skins 1 and 2 are 3 ends each. Skin 3 is 2 ends.
Each Skin is worth 2 points and 2 points are awarded for the win.
Knock-out games are 8 ends, no skin.
Conditions of Play
There are 66 teams divided into 11 groups of 6 teams each. The first day of competition is a Ranking Stage where teams will compete in a round-robin format of 5 games. At completion of the Ranking Stage, all teams will be ranked according to their game results. The top 30 teams will be grouped in the Cup Section and the remaining teams grouped in the Plate Section. Day two consists of the Qualifying Stage where teams are again sorted into groups of 6 and play 5 games of round-robin. The final stage takes place on the evening of day two where the top 4 teams of the Cup and Plate sections will then compete in the semi-finals and finals games.
The Ranking and Qualifying Stages games are skins games. The games are 8 ends with a total of 8 skins being awarded. Two skins for the winner of the team with the most points scored in the first three ends; two skins for the second three ends; two skins for the last two ends; and two skins for the team that wins the overall game. Any ties result in each team earning one skin. The semi-final and final games are regular games with the winner being the team with the most points after 8 ends.
No practice or trial bowls are allowed. No visitation to the head. Burned ends are not replayed or respotted and result in two game points being awarded to the opposing team.
Tiger Bowls News
Medals for USA at the Tiger Bowls/China Tour in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai, China.
"The first 2 days was Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong. We then traveled to China for China Bowls that was 2 days and then traveled to another city for semi finals on Carpet. They also gave us a site seeing day to Macau. This was the 20th anniversary so the trip was 2 days longer then in the past. It was a great experience and we were treated so well. A extremely well run tournament." - Alice Birkinshaw
Team USA Women(a PBA sponsored team) captured bronze medals at both the Tiger Bowls(Championship flight) and China Tour events. The team includes (L to R) Alice Birkinshaw (SCD), Mary Ann Beath (SCD), Betsy Lauryssen (SWD), and Cheryl Barkovich (SWD).
Team USA Men just missed qualifying for the quarterfinals in the tie breaker with Canada. The teammates are Patrick Chan (SWD), Bob Birkinshaw (SCD), Kay Tong (SWD), and Marcus Zeino (PIM).
Our congratulations to Team USA for representing us so well!
Congrats Team USA and good luck from all of us!
team usa wins gold in Plate division 2016!
Read Matt Bauchiero's Blog about his experience - click here....