A missed opportunity for Arthur in Chillicothe, Ohio

February 10, 2019

Kyle Arthur admits his math wasn’t the best in his first-round match Jan. 27 in the Super Bowl Shootout at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The left-hander who is a Storm/Roto Grip bowling representative, qualified sixth with an 887 for four games. Kirby Allen shot 900 to place third and set up a match against Arthur. Arthur, a Huntington USBC member, and Allen, well-known pro in the Tri-State, each shot 224 in the first game.

Arthur’s costly miscalculation came in the second game. In the 10th frame, Arthur doubled, thought that was enough to lock up the match, so he rolled his spare ball on the final shot and got a 6-count for 255 and 479. Allen stepped up and doubled and knocked down seven pins on his last shot to advance with 480. Oh well. Graham Fach led the qualifier with 923 followed by Matt Stainger with 910, Allen with 900, Pete Bostick with 899, Brigham Nunley with 893, Arthur, Nathan Brookover with 879 and Ryan Patterson with 877 for the eighth and final spot-in the field of 36.

In other first-round matches, Fach beat Patterson 439-410, Bostick beat Nunley 475-450 and Stainger beat Brookover 414-369. Bowlers were reseeded for the stepladder finals and Stainger beat Fach 247-225, Bostick 259-180 and Allen 267-214 in the title match.

Allen competes in area leagues and Bostick competes on Monday nights in the Storm Eastern Heights Men’s League at Strike Zone Bowling Center. Other area bowlers who made the trip included Jim Hinkle, Dave Ellis, Terry Turner II, Chad Cartmell, Lee Mason, Sam Hobbs and James Duley.

SWEETHEART TOURNAMENT: Scotch Doubles Sweetheart Tournament is Feb. 17 at Dixie Lanes in Grayson, Kentucky. Start time 2 p.m. Entry fee $30 per couple.

BELMONTE TOP QUALIFIER: Jason Belmonte, the two-hander from Australia and No. 1 force on the PBA Tour, is a win away from history. He is No. 1 qualifier for the 54th PBA Tournament of Champions and needs to win one match for his 10th major title which would tie him for the majors record with PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony.

The show airs live at 4:30 p.m. Sunday from AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio.

CELEBRITY WIN: Mookie Betts, All-Star outfielder and American League MVP for the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox, paired with PBA Tour standout Tommy Jones to win NBA star Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational last Sunday. Betts and Jones defeated Pete Weber and Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Owens in the title match, 101-86. Format was five-frame matches with the pros and amateurs alternating frames. Betts and Jones beat PBA star Jason Belmonte and NASCAR star Aric Almirola, 100-84 in the first match and topped PBA member Kyle Troup and Big Brother star Tyler Crispen in the second, 116-72.

Weber and Owens beat PBA’s Chris Barnes and amateur William Jackson, 96-70, and PBA’s Norm Duke and event host Chris Paul, 104-94, in their half of the bracket to make the finals.

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.

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

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