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Bowls Scorekeeper Version 3.141593.xlsm



Simple Bowls Tournament Scorekeeper

This easy to use Excel workbook is designed to assist in the record keeping for a two or three game lawn bowling tournament for up to 32 teams as typically organized in Ontario, Canada, and possibly elsewhere.

In such a tournament, after each game the teams are ranked by:

  1. Number of wins;
  2. Shots for, up to a maximum of 1.5 times the number of ends played;
  3. "Plus" points;
  4. Shots against.

The next game's matchups are based on this ranking.

The workbook has been successfully used on several versions of Excel with macros enabled. It does not work on mobile (smartphone and tablet) versions of Excel. I don't know if it works under any other circumstances.

The goals of the workbook are efficiency (so that bowlers are not left sitting and waiting for interim and final results) and accuracy.

The workbook assists the drawmaster by warning when an inconsistent set of game scores has been entered, and when a team is assigned the same rink more than once.

What the workbook does not do

All this being said, the workbook is not intended to be a complete tournament organizer, and does not solve the following problems:

  1. Rink assignments are still done by the drawmaster and are not done automatically.
  2. Teams could still be tied after the four ranking methods listed above. These ties will have to be broken by the drawmaster using ends won, etc. This situation is not common and only affects small numbers of teams. Entering ends won and lost for all teams just to cover this case is not worth the effort and would make the spreadsheet much larger.
  3. If the number of teams is not a multiple of 4, it is possible that teams could be drawn against each other twice in the same tournament. The drawmaster would need to take action to avoid this outcome.

Hints for drawmasters

Don't forget to use the Press to Reorder button, which puts opposing teams next to each other for each game.

When assigning rinks for the third game in small tournaments (12 or fewer teams), always look for matchups where the two teams have played on a total of 4 rinks. This scorekeeper will gently highlight these games for you. Then make the other rink assignments.

Conditions for use

Anyone is free to use, copy, share, and modify the workbook as they see fit, possibly subject to any restrictions Microsoft might put on the use of its intellectual property.

This workbook is provided "as-is". Use at your own risk. Using the file might require you to have a license to use 3rd party software (such as Microsoft Excel) which is your responsibility.


Please let me know if you discover any errors or have any suggestions for improvement at: