In 1981 British bowling lost a Masters World Champion when Gerry Bugden sadly died while at the Paris International Tournament. He was Aged just 41 but in a short international career won medals of all colours in World and European Championships.
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1968 Paris Fives – Winners
1973 European Championships, Dublin, Ireland – 8’s Team Silver
1975 World Championships, Tolworth, England – Team Bronze
1977 European Championships, Helsinki. – 8s Team Bronze
1978 Europa Cup, Berlin, Germany – Team Winners
1979 World Championships, Philippines – Masters Gold, Team Silver
1980 World Of Tenpin Bowler of the year
World Championship Masters Gold, Silver and Bronze, European Silver and Bronze in a career cut short aged 41 from congenital Brain Malformation during the 1981 Paris Fives International.
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Gerry was blogging way before anyone else and kept a diary of the 9th FIQ Championships.
Gerry with his trophy