The Match Game Doubles tournament at St. Clair River Lanes provided some of the highest bowling drama of the past couple years in the area and it was even capped by a surprise ending.
Scratch tournaments will bring out the best bowlers, and the scores last weekend confirmed as much. In the end, Tony Doerr and Chris Ball prevailed in the 15-game marathon to win the title, holding off two other teams having great days.
Doerr and Ball were one of the favorites early in the tournament, and after a mediocre first game in qualifying, they were seldom mediocre the rest of the two days. Doerr averaged 239 in the five games of qualifying and 241 in the 10-game finals. Ball was not far behind, averaging 235 and 234. The duo won seven of their 10 matches in the finals, but did have to overcome a 223-point deficit in the final match while jumping two positions to win the tournament.
The duo of Chuck Ouellette and Cliff Crawford was the only other team to win seven of its Sunday matches, as they held the tournament lead for most of the day before settling for second place. Ouellette averaged 236 over the 10 games, and Crawford was at 235. Ed Martin and Steve McCoy were not far behind, finishing in third place after winning six of their matches and posting a final total of 5,355 points (Doerr/Ball 5,459 and Ouellette/Crawford 5,419).
Other finalists in order of finishing place were 4th Jaclyn Meldrum/Jeff Meldrum, 5th Ray LaVere/Dan Hawley Jr, 6th Matt Galanos/Dave Barnum, 7th Jeff Gierman/Gary Marinez, 8th Fred Leslie/Kevin Renno, 9th Jeff Dickinson/Steve Jakubowski, and 10th Ed Karwinski/Terry Crampton.
The early star of the tournament on Saturday was Gary Marinez who tossed his 24th perfect 300 game. Jose Ganhs finished off the first shift with his own perfect game, his third of the season. With those three 300s and two 800 series, Jose is making a strong run at making his first All Association Team.
There were two more award scores in the finals on Sunday, with Chuck Ouellette rolling an 801 series (games of 289, 244, and 268), his eighth career 800. Jeff Dickinson picked up his sixth 300 game and bowled great all weekend, averaging 235 in the five-game qualifying set.
The individual standouts during the 10 games on Sunday after Tony Doerr’s 2,417 were Ed Martin 2,398, Dan Hawley Jr 2,377, Chuck Ouellette 2,368, Steve McCoy 2,357, Cliff Crawford 2,351, Chris Ball 2,342, Jaclyn Meldrum 2,249, Matt Galanos 2,226, and Fred Leslie 2,204.
Top qualifying team on Saturday was Terry Crampton and Ed Karwinski with Terry averaging 234 and Ed averaging 244. Ray LaVere was the only bowler better than Karwinski with an average of 254. Others averaging over 234 for the five games of qualifying were Ed Martin 1,186, Fred Leslie 1,181, Matt Galanos 1,176, and Terry Crampton 1,173. Other top individual games from qualifying were Mark Welsh 280, Dave Barnum 279, Lavere 279, Crampton 279, and Frank Mitchell 278.
In league play Mike E Gossman led the scoring with a 768 series in the Don McIvor Memorial league at Blue Water Bowl. He was followed closely by Jose Ganhs with a 767 in the same session and Scott Badley with a 763 in the Saturday Night Bridge league at Port Huron Lanes. Other high series were Tom Morris 757, Len Hill 752, Chris Ball 752, Kevin Maas 737, Scott Hollis 730, Don Purdy 729, Jeff Schott 727, Greg Chapdelaine 726, Ed Martin 726, Paul Krause III 722, Joel Schmitt 719, Neil Sinclair 718, Cliff Crawford 717, Ryan Kowalski 717, Jeff Meldrum 717, Eric Schmitt 717, Mike Schindler 712, and Steve McCoy 711.
Jose Ganhs was co-leader of individual league game scores with a 297. Tim Wolfe also had a 297, getting his in the Wednesday Night league at Colony Bowl. They were followed by Ryan Lyle at 287, six bowlers at 279 (Tom Winkel, Tim Dandron, Morris, Ball, Schott, and Badley), six others at 278 (Joel Schmitt, John Richardson, Anthony LaGruth, Jeff Meldrum, Jerry R Beery, and Gossman) and Rob Weier 277.
Sue Hill had high series for the women with a 627 in the Wednesday Night Women league at Strikers Entertainment Center. Others were Kim Symon 625, Jaclyn Meldrum 622, Irene Simmons 622, Ann Nichols 615, Terry Crampton 608, and Heather Marthen 603.
High game of the week for the women went to Jaclyn Meldrum with a 256 in the Blue Water Men’s league at St. Clair River Lanes. She was followed by Kathleen Smith252, Symon 247, Irene Simmons 244, Crampton 243, Marthen 241, Hill 236, Cec Simmons 234, Rosann Tucker 233, Barb Brown 233, Jamie Prize 231, Becky Van Hoesen 226, Nichols 226, Brenda Bruehan 224, and Joddy Swoffer 223
Upcoming Tournaments: Handicap Doubles will be Dec. 20 at Blue Water Bowl. The combined maximum average for doubles teams in this tournament cannot exceed 410. There will be two shifts available (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) with the finals immediately after qualifying. Entry forms are at bowling centers or online at phba.net. For more information, contact tournament director Henry Sullivan at 810-300-1433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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