Bowler eyes master’s championship

Tyler Desabrais-Baker looks to add to his resume of bowling accomplishments.

Tyler Desabrais-Baker will compete in the men’s teaching category during the Master’s national championship five-in bolwing in Gatineau

Tyler Desabrais-Baker looks to add to his resume of bowling accomplishments.

At the top is scoring a 433. With 10 consecutive strikes, Desabrais-Baker’s second ball in the 10th frame didn’t want to take down a corner pin. He settled for a spare. Next is placing third at nationals in Edmonton after winning provincials.

Now the 19-year-old will compete at the national stage in the Masters five-pin bowling championship in Gatineau, Que. Beginning June 27. Desabrais-Baker is in the Men’s Teaching category and qualified since he is a certified YBC coach.

While the master’s event, which counts pins over average isn’t his preferred match style, Desabrais-Baker is excited about competing in the event and hopes to win gold.

That result would make for a good debut in an adult league tournament.

Because he has competed at Nationals at the YBC level, Desabrais-Baker said that experience will help.

“There won’t be as much pressure,” said Desabrais-Baker, adding that he doesn’t think he will be nervous. “Once I get there that could change. The competition will set in.”

Desabrais-Baker began bowling when he was seven and got into it through a friend. Since then he has fallen in love with the game. To ready himself for the masters, Desabrais-Baker, who works at the Lakeside Resort casino, practices three times a week.

Richard Redwood, Desabrais-Baker’s coach, feels he can do well especially because the bowler doesn’t get flustered.

“He’s a really good bowler,” said Redwood. “Very methodical and thinks through things.”

While Desabrais-Baker has a 222 average, Redwood who has coached him the last five years, doesn’t believe he will have problems having success because the masters is not a high average tournament.