Strike Zone bowler has success with limited practice

January 27, 2019

A tip of the hat to Chase Arthur. The right-hander bowls one night a week, has virtually no time to practice, yet averages 240 in the Texas Roadhouse-Elite Paint & Body League on Thursday nights at Strike Zone Bowling Center. He already has reeled off four perfect games this season.

“The man above (God) helps me,” Arthur said.

Arthur’s practice time comes in the 15 minutes prior to league play. He’s in the nursing program at St. Mary’s School of Nursing. That means schoolwork five days a week and part-time work on weekends.

“It gets my mind off school,” Arthur said of bowling. “I get 15 minutes of practice. I pay attention to what the ball does and adjust from there.”

Sam Hobbs, who competes in the league, handles equipment for Arthur and his brother Kyle, the bowler of the year for the Huntington USBC men’s all-city team last season.

On 300 No. 4 in the league, Arthur, 21, said his confidence level wasn’t high when the game started.

“Didn’t feel it at all,” he said. “In practice, couldn’t get things down. Once the lights went on, I couldn’t miss. I get up, roll the ball and go with what works.”

CONGRATULATIONS: Jason Green rolled an honor score in the Proctorville Dairy Queen League at Strike Zone Bowling Center. He started with 11 straight strikes, then left a single pin on his final ball for a 299. He finished with a 780 series.

OGLE-RASH WIN DOUBLES: Sean Rash and Matt Ogle won all four Baker format steplad-der matches to claim the 2019 PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Hol-man Doubles Championship last Sunday, aired live on FS1. Rash and Ogle beat No. 1 qualifiers Brad Miller-Kyle Sherman 213-200 in the title match. The Baker format requires each player to alternate frames in a game to combine for one score.

WAY TO GO: Michael Pruitt closed with a 279 on the way to 633 series in Junior League at Strike Zone. Sam Clay posted a 256 on the way to a 605.

TOURNAMENT TIME: The 14th West Virginia USBC Open Handicap Championships are March 23-24, March 30-31, April 6-7, April 13-14 and April 27-28 in Parkersburg. No bowling Easter weekend. Host centers are Emerson Lanes for team event and Pike Street Lanes for singles and doubles. Singles and doubles shifts on Saturdays at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Team event shifts Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entry fee $27 per event plus $5 optional all-events and $12 for scratch events. Entry deadline March 9.

The 70th West Virginia State USBC Women’s Champions start May 4-5 in Morgantown and continue on weekends until schedule is completed. All events at Suburban Lanes. Entry fee $28 per event. Entries close April 20. Singles and doubles are on Saturdays with shifts at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Team event squads on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (also 5 p.m. if necessary). Forms for both events available at Strike Zone Bowling Center and on www.bowlerwv.com.

Davfd Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. Email him at blgdogdown@gmall.com.

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