Ron Oldfield, Tom Clarke, Gemma Harding/Burden, Stuart Williams and Zara Glover/Giles are to be inducted into the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame

UK Tenpin Hall of Fame

Ron Oldfield, Gemma Harding/Burden, Stuart Williams and Zara Glover/Giles are to be inducted into the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame, which is kindly sponsored by Storm Products, Inc., through their UK distributors, Bowltech UK.

Former Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association (TBPA) chairman and current president Tom Clarke, proprietor of Acocks Green Bowl, will be inducted in the Distinguished Services division, sponsored by the TBPA.

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Ron Oldfield
Gemma Harding
Stuart Williams
Zara Giles
Tom Clarke

Yet again, with so many worthy UK bowlers that could be inducted into the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame it was a difficult task for the committee to induct just four to join 2013 inductees Dominic Barrett, Pauline Buck, Kirsten Penny and Bernie Caterer. Nominations were made by each of the ten members and a list was drawn up. The Committee then had access to researched details on each player and a ballot was held to find the final four to be inducted in 2014.

After the ballot, the final four and service awardees were selected. The players selected were chosen for their achievements in World, European and Domestic tournaments and for additional honours like World Bowler of the Year and induction into the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame.

As well as the players being celebrated and honoured an industry award for distinguished service was again selected. Since the sport arrived on our shores special individuals all over the United Kingdom have dedicated their time to improving the game and working tirelessly to make the sport better for everyone. From BTBA, YBC officials to tournament organizers these people are the backbone of our sport and make it possible for bowlers to reach for the stars.

So here is a brief run down of the 2014 inductees

Ron Oldfield has been winning events for over 30 years, both at home and abroad. A former Great Britain and Team England member.

Zara Giles (nee Glover) is a three time World champion and owner of a staggering 18 Gold medals in major championships and was voted into the WBW Hall of Fame in 2007. Four EBT titles, two Asian tour titles and multiple UK titles.

Stuart Williams is England’s first winner of both the World Ranking Masters and a PBA title and a regular on the American professional tour. England international and has rolled perfect games in fourteen countries.

Gemma Harding (nee Burden) became the youngest ever winner of the AMF World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1995, aged just seventeen, and went on to claim the WBW Bowler of the Year for 1995. Also a four-time gold medallist and European youth champion.

Tom Clarke was chairman of the Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association for 20 years (1967-68 and 1972-1991) and since 1991 has served as president.  He is well versed in the needs of bowling centre proprietors as owner of the 50-plus year old successful Acocks Green Bowl on the outskirts of Birmingham.

Also nominated in the 2014 ballot were Chris Buck, Alan Fawcett, Brian Michael and David Pond in the men’s division; Jo Cundy, Meg Jordache, Kimberley Oakley, Lisa John and Gina Wardle in the women’s set.

Along with Tom Clarke in the Distinguished Service section were John Ashbridge, Fran Dee, Ross Gibson, Bryan North, Bernie White and Pat White.

Presentations are due to take place at the Barnsley Metrodome on the final day of the 2014 Weber Cup, October 12th

Here is a more comprehensive list of the titles, medals and honours each of the inductees have won

Ron Oldfield

1981 PTBC Portsmouth 1st
1982 NST Nottingham 1st
1985 NST Nottingham 1st
1986 NST Masters Peterborough 1st
1993 Northampton World of Tenpin 1st
1993 NST Leamington Spa 1st
1994 PTBC Enfield- 1st
1995 Jim Brewer Memorial, Poole – 1st
1996 PTBC GX Nottingham – 1st
1996 AMF World Cup qualifier, Nottingham – 1st
1997 Strykers Bushbury Singles – 1st
1997 AMF World Cup qualifier, Nottingham – 1st
1997 Sheffield Singles – 1st
1998 Portsmouth Singles – 1st
1998 BTBA Nationals, Sunderland – 1st
1999 Strykers Bushbury Singles – 1st
2004 BTBA Nationals, Airport – 1st
2006 Senior Masters winner
2007 Malta Senior Open winner
2009 EBPA Buxtehede winner
2009 Barnsley Senior Open winner
2009 Stroud Senior Open winner
2010 Irish Senior Open winner
2010 Schiedam Senior Open winner
2010 Alpa Senior Open Buxtehude winner
2010 Arthurs Senior Open Mannheim winner
2010 Sheffield Senior Open winner
2013 NST Scunthorpe winner
2013 NST Shipley winner
2013 Yorkshire senior open winner
2013 Poole senior open winner
2013 Suffolk senior open winner
2014 NST Shipley winner

UK domestic  titles spanning 30 years – Multiple European titles


Zara Giles

1998 European Youth Championships, Vienna, Austria – Team Silver
1999 Coca Cola Fives, Nottingham winner
1999 European Youth Team Cup, Brussels, Belgium – Team Gold
2000 Bushbury Singles winner
2000 European Youth Championships, Hoofddorp, Netherlands – Team Gold
2000 World Youth Championships, Dominican Republic – Doubles Gold
2001 European Championships Denmark – Trios Gold, Fives Bronze, Masters runner up
2002 Commonwealth Championships, Stirling, Scotland – Fours Gold, Doubles Silver,
2002 World Youth Championships, Thailand – Team Gold
2002 PTBC Swindon winner
2002 Tamworth Doubles winner
2003 BTBA Nationals, Nottingham winner
2003 World Championships – Singles, Doubles, All-Events Gold Medalist & Trios Silver
2004 European Team Cup, Norwich, England – Team Gold
2004 PTBC Tolworth winner
2004 Jim Brewer Memorial, Poole winner
2004 EBT 1st Oltremare Championships winner
2005 EBT 1st San Marino Open winner
2005 World Games, Germany – Singles Silver Medalist
2005 ABT Indonesian Open Champion
2005 European Ladies Masters Champion
2006 EBT 2nd San Marino Open winner
2006 ABT Indonesian Open Champion
2007 Burton Singles winner
2007 European Fives, norwich winner
2007 EBT Husqvarna International winner
2007 Womens World Championships, Monterrey, Mexico – Team Bronze
2007 World Ranking Masters, Silver
2008 Commonwealth Championships, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Doubles Gold,  Team Gold, All Events Gold,
2008 European Champions cup,  Germany  Gold
2007 WBW Hall of Fame induction
2008 Qubica AMF World Cup, Mexico – Bronze
2008 UK Female Bowler of the Year
2008 European Champions Cup Germany, Gold
2008 Commonwealth Championships, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Doubles Gold, Team Gold, All Events Gold
2009  Team England event, Blackburn winner
2009 AMF World Cup qualifier winner
2009 World Games, Taipei – Singles Silver Medalist
2009 PTBC Duel lane challenge winner
2009 Scott Banks winner
2009 World cup qualifier, Crewe winner
2009 Qubica AMF World Cup, Malaysia – Silver
2009 PTBC Duel lane challenge winner
2009 Team England event, Blackburn winner
2011 Navigators Cup Champion
2010 English Open Runner Up
2013 Irish Open, Stillorgan – Winner
7 x 300 games

Three time World Champion, Inducted into WBW Hall of Fame (2007) –  4 EBT Titles – Total 18 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze – domestic titles

Stuart Williams

2002 Scott banks Memorial singles champion
2003 BTBA Nationals, Nottingham, Champion
2003 EBT – 25 Trofeo Intercional Ciutat de Barcelona  winner
2004 Irish Open champion
2004 EBT – Brunswick Aalborg International  winner
2004 Scott Banks Memorial Singles champion
2006 Burton Open winner
2006 PTBC Bromborough winner
2006 Macclesfield doubles winner
2006 EBT – Ebonite International Luxembourg Open winner
2007 EBT – Eden Leisure’s Malta Open Championships winner
2007 EBT – Storm English Open winner
2007 World Ranking Masters, USA,  champion
2008 European fives, Norwich, winner
2009 Wins PBA exemption in trials
2010 9th Kingdom of Bahrain Open winner
2010 EBT – Qatar Bowling Open winner
2010 Cockatoos Paphos Open winner
2011 PBA Regional title
2011 PBA WSOB Viper Champion
2011 Cockatoos Paphos Open winner
2012 Signs for Roto Grip
2012 Cockatoos Paphos Open winner

First winner of a PBA title by an English player. 1 PBA regional title. World Rankings champion, 6 EBT titles, 300 games in 14 countries.

Gemma Burden

1992 European Youth championships, Belgium Team Silver
1994 European Youth Championships, Helsinki, Finland – Doubles Gold, Team Gold
1994 Brunswick World Open qualifier winner
1995 Qubica AMF World Cup, Brazil – Winner
1995 Coca Cola Fives, Nottingham winner
1995 European Youth Team Cup, Netanya, Israel – Team Silver
1995 WBW World Bowler of the Year
1996 Strykers Busbury Singles winner
1996 PTBC Bracknell winner
1996 AMF World Cup qualifier , Nottingham winner
1996 PTBC Airport winner
1996 European Youth Championships, London, England – Trios Gold, Masters Gold
1997 Jim Brewer Memorial, Poole winner
1997 Bass Singles Keighley winner
1997 British Open, Nottingham winner
1997 St Helens Open winner
1997 European Championships, Nottingham, England – Trios silver, Team Bronze
1998 BTBA Nationals, Sunderland winner
1998 AMF World Cup qualifier, Nottingham winner
1999 BTBA Nationals, Plymouth winner
2000 Sheffield Singles winner
2000 Portsmouth singles winner
2001 BTBA Nationals, Chelmsford winner

World bowler of the year (1995), World cup winner (1995) – Total 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze – Domestic  titles

Please visit the UK Hall of Fame website here

hall_of_fame_gold_with_arch.pngAbout the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame

A UK Tenpin Hall of Fame has been long overdue for many years. We have had many amazing bowlers who have won just about everything from World Cups and World Championships to PBA and European titles. But there was never a place to honour these exceptional bowlers until now. At long last some of the most influential people in UK bowling have been brought together to form the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame.

They include; International bowling writer and former World of Tenpin owner Keith Hale chaired the committee, Secretary of the Tenpin bowling Proprietors Association John Ashbridge, BTBA chairman Pat White and BTBA’s Bernie White, Bowltech UK’s Nick Keppe, Bowling Vision’s Graham Waller, TV Commentator Cass Edwards, PTBC’s Andy James, Former NST creator David Grainger, Former British Open organizer and AMF Humber’s Jock Caie and Talktenpin’s Dominic Gall.

With many thanks to Wes Pye at Storm Bowling the awards will be sponsored by Storm Products Inc and for 2013 four players (Two women and two men) will be inducted. There will also be an industry award for Distinguished Service with sponsor to be announced soon.

The inductions are planned to take place at the Weber Cup at the Metrodome in Barnsley prior to the Sunday afternoon session on October 13th with the presentations being televised for Sky Sports.