Andrew Frawley starts 2nd World Seniors Championships with victory in Men's Singles


    2015 WSrC

    Aussie defeats top-seeded Canadian Todd Sim 224-183 in gold medal match; Alan Keddie (SCO) and John Chapman (CAN) both earn bronze medals



    2015WSrCAndrewFrawleySinglesGold.jpg 2015WSrCToddSim.jpg Australia's Andrew Frawley (pictured left) took home the men's singles title Tuesday at the 2015 World Seniors Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The 51-year-old right-hander got off to an early advantage in the championship match against top seed Todd Sim (right) of Canada and never looked back, claiming the gold medal with a 224-183 victory at Sam's Town Bowling Center.

    Frawley started the match with four consecutive strikes as Sim stayed clean but was unable to double. Frawley nearly opened the window after leaving a 3-6-7-10 split in the sixth frame, but he converted it to keep Sim at bay.

    "I had a pretty good ball reaction in practice, so I was feeling relatively confident," Frawley said.

    "I was really trying to burn up a spot to roll it into, and it really started to roll early. I had to make a move and was a little late. So, I made the move, and Tom got a little unlucky with a few taps, so I relaxed after that."

    A 4-7-10 split in the ninth from Sim ended any hope of a comeback as Frawley brought Australia its first gold medal at the World Seniors Championships.

    Sim, who paced the 117 players from 33 countries in qualifying with championship record 1,415 six-game total (235.83 average), earned the silver medal for his performance.

    2015WSrCAlanKeddie.jpg 2015WSrCJohnChapman.jpg Frawley advanced to the semifinals as the No. 3 seed after posting a 1,339 total (223.17) in qualifying. He defeated second-seeded Alan Keddie (left) of Scotland, 215-211, to earn his spot in the championship match.

    Sim advanced to the final by besting fellow Canadian John Chapman (right), 243-206, in the other semifinal. Chapman was the lone A Squad bowler, who advanced to the playoffs. Keddie and Chapman both earned bronze medals.

    Ron Mohr of the United States, who won the silver medal in Singles along with two gold medals in Doubles and All-Events at the inaugural World Seniors Championships two years ago, just missed advancing to the semifinals, finishing qualifying in fifth with 1,297.

    2015WSrCLogo.jpg The 2nd World Seniors Championships features more than 200 male and female participants age 50 and older from 33 countries vying for medals in Singles, Doubles, Team, All-Events and Masters competition.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg Competition continues Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Eastern with women's singles. All rounds of the 2015 event will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.

    Story and photos courtesy of Aaron Smith, USBC Communications.


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    2015 World Seniors Championships - Men's Singles Finals

    2015WSrCMenSinglesTop4Qualifiers.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Andrew Frawley, Australia, 439 (2 games)
    2. Todd Sim, Canada, 426 (2 games)
    3. Alan Keddie, Scotland, 211 (1 game)
    (tie) John Chapman, Canada, 206 (1 game)

    L-R Sim, Keddie, Frawley and Chapman.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Sim def. No. 4 Chapman, 243-206
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Frawley def. No. 2 Keddie, 215-211
    Championship Match: Frawley def. Sim, 224-183.


    2015 WSrC Men's Singles - Standings after Qualifying (Squad A & B)

    Top four advance to the playoffs.