August – Lava Lanes in Medford, OR
Congratulations to Medford, Oregon’s Tony Cox for becoming our 4th different OR / CA Senior Tournament Champion. Tony defeated Sean Fischer of Chico, California 227-197 in the Championship match to collect a $500 prize.
We had 26 bowlers for our 5th event of the season at Lava Lanes of Medford, with good scores coming on the Great Wall of China Kegel pattern.
Redding champion Brian Tinsley of Live Oak, California led qualifying with a +169 score, with the Cox shooting a 242 the last game of qualifying to sneak in as the cut number for match play at +93. Joe Guches became our third member to shoot a 300 game in qualifying this season, and he used the big final game qualifying to vault him into the finals as well. Nicco Holt was our high super senior out of the cash award winner with a 9th place effort overall at +73 for $100 and our only woman participant – Jill Creamer of Redding – qualified in second overall with a very nice +151 score.
The Matchplay round had some big momentum swings as Cox went from 8th to the lead in only two games on the strength of back to back 250’s, but Fischer locked up the #1 seed with a victory over Cox in the final matchplay game. Tinsley used a 233 victory over Creamer to edge out Don Carle for the final stepladder spot by 13 pins.
In the stepladder, Cox jumped out to an early lead and defeated Tinsley in the first match 245-197. The Title match was close throughout, with Cox stepping up in the 10th frame with a 10 pin lead & on a strike. Needing the first strike to shut out Fischer, Cox buried a strike to seal the win before adding the next two strikes to finish at 227. Fischer collected $375 for the runner-up finish.
Rick Yunke of Chico was our ball raffle winner of a new Brunswick Teal Rhino.
I want to thank Mike Buckman and all the Lava Lanes staff for being a wonderful host, as well as our sponsors, Adam Ishman & Brunswick Bowling, Donald D Marquart Sr & Epicenter, & Pat Young with Smooth Release Pro Shop.
Results, scores, cash prizes are posted at Tournamentbowl.com
Our next tournament will be at Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff, CA on October 1st. Entry forms are live on Tournamentbowl.com