Bogey Lanes in East Brookfield, MA hosted the WNECA tour on Sunday, January 6. A total of 15 bowlers took the field this time around, and by golly, there wasn’t a single withdrawal!
Here’s a look at the top 5 qualifiers:
1. Brian Mayer – 658
2. Rich Bober – 648
3. Rich Myrick – 642
4. Korey Packard – 640
5. Scott Caddell – 618
Jason Gauthier – 612
Steve Renaud, Sr. – 609
Dave Dupuis – 606
Steve Vadney – 602
Steven Renaud, Jr. – 532
The first knockout match between Scott Caddell and Korey Packard was close the entire string. Caddell made the 3-5-6 late in the match for a spare while Packard left himself the 5-6-10 with little to no help. Packard was unable to convert the shot, allowing Caddell to seal up the match, 114-112.
After a ton of warm-up boxes, I took on Scott Caddell. There was absolutely nothing to see here for 6 boxes, as we were even at 63 apiece going into the 7th. Caddell threw back to back spread eagles in the 7th and 8th, and I put a few spares together to win 141-114.
The term ‘flat as a pancake’ gets thrown around less and less these days, and that’s probably a good thing, but I was pancake-flat against Bober. His hot start of 9-drop, spare, strike had me on the ropes from the first ball forward. Bober cruised to an easy 129-100 win and advanced to the finals against top seed Brian Mayer.
The term ‘flat as a pancake’ gets thrown around more and more these days, and while my breakfast came with syrup, Mayer’s came with a punch in the face. Bober put 4 marks together in the first half and Brian had so many splits I thought the automated scoreboard was going to run out of red marks. Bober going away, 144-103.
That’s 2 out of 3 for Rich Bober, defeating Mayer both times in the finals. He is an early favorite for bowler of the year, but there are still 3 more events. The next WNECA pro tour event is at Canal Lanes, Sunday February 3, at 12 pm. Walk-ins are welcome for $75, we hope to see you there!