Chapman takes care of business on lanes

May 13, 2019

Rod Chapman was a busy man during the Huntington USBC Tournament last weekend at Strike Zone Bowling Center.

Prior to bowling each shift (two each day), Chapman took part in logging in participants for high game jackpots and scratch and handicap brackets.

Odds are he penciled his name down for one or two.

When bowling began, Chapman forgot the distractions and went about his business on the lanes. Quite well, too.

Chapman shot 2,193 for nine games to win all-events handicap. He finished five pins ahead of runner-up Terry Turner II.

“It was fun. Got lucky,” Chapman said.

Chapman had games of 259-207-198 for 664 in team event. In doubles, he shot 204-235-248 for 687.

He wrapped it up with 219-279-224 for 722 in singles. In the 279 game, he started with the front 9, then left a 10 pin on his first shot in the 10th.

Chapman has recorded many honor scores at area centers with one exception. Strike Zone.

Chapman’s doubles partner was Ronnie Henry, who’s been away from the game for a few years.

“He was afraid he wasn’t good enough to bowl with someone else. He did a good job,” Chapman said.

Chapman’s 5-pin victory margin proves a valuable point. He got far more pins in handicap than Turner.

“I got a few pins. He had no handicap,” Chapman said. “I tell people this is a handicap tournament. Anything can happen.”

In team event, Cubs Win, Reds Lose prevailed with 3,052 and was the only team to break 3,000.

Tim Boyd led the way with 797. Dawn Turner, Terry’s wife, shot 788, Karen Fischer had 761 and Turner checked in with 706. Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies took second among the 24 teams with 2,911.

The Turner team really had it going in doubles and won with 1,569. Terry shot 800 and Dawn 769. Matthew Leadmon and Jason Green placed second with 1,546. Leadmon opened the tournament with a perfect game.

Cliff Seckman shot 796 to win singles and Laura Simmons had 771 for second.

“I was able to get on target on stay there,” Chapman said. “Sometimes I throw the ball too hard, but I can stay in the same area.”

Chapman would like to see more people bowl in the City Tournament. He said 40 would be a good number for teams in 2020.

WAY TO GO: Collis Blake celebrated his return to the lanes in a big way Sunday. He’s been away from the game for some 18 months to get over a leg ailment. The first real test came in the City Tournament.

Despite having just a couple of practice games, Blake reeled off games of 265-226-268 for 759 (816 with handicap).

The right-hander will return to league play next season. Welcome back.

PBA PLAYOFFS: Bill O’Neill and Wes Malott each needed two-frame roll-offs to win their Round of 16 matches in the PBA Playoffs. O’Neill beat Jesper Svennson, 57-39, after the two split the first two games. Malott eliminated Jakob Butturff, 40-39, after the 1-1 draw. This Monday it’s Norm Duke vs. Dom Barrett and Sean Rash vs. Kyle Sherman. FS1 has the action live at 9 p.m.

ANOTHER MILESTONE: PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber collected PBA Regional win No. 47 with a win over Kyle Sherman in the BowlersMart/Bowler Midwest Open in Valley Park, Mo. Weber joins Walter Ray Williams as the only players to win a combined 100 PBA Titles. Weber has 37 on the PBA Tour, 47 regional, 11 PBA50 Tour and five PBA50 regionals. Williams is No. 1 with 112.

O’KEEFE WINS TWIN CITIES: Top seed Shannon O’Keefe beat Verity Crawley, 189-182, in the title match in the PWBA Twins Cities Open in Eagan, Minn. Crawley won stepladder finals matches over Bryanna Cote’, 210-196, and Maria Jose’ Rodriguez, 266-201. The ladies are in Lincoln, Neb., this week for the Lincoln Open.

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT: The Clarke Family Memorial is May 19 at Strike Zone. Handicap and scratch divisions and entries limited to 110 for both. Entry fee $45 with money going to scholarships. Entries accepted on day of tournament with cash payment up to 12:10 p.m. If paying my check the money must reach Ray Clarke by May 9. His address is 346 Township Road 1534, Proctorville, Ohio, 45669. His phone is 606-615-3574 and email at ce96@msn.com. Big Ben (44 feet) is a Kegel Recreation Pattern that will be used. This is a USBCsanctioned Youth Under-20 Tournament.USBC.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. Email him at bigdogdown@gmail.com.