Huntington bowlers going back to Tenn. USBC tournament

January 13, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Three bowling teams from Huntington traveled to the Tennessee USBC Handicap Tournament in 2017 and some of them cashed. One was Rod Chapman. Karen Fischer, who organized the trip, believed she could do better the next time. She was right.

An earlier start on publicizing (early November), planning, etc., by Fischer and others ended up attracting nine teams, 45 doubles teams and 49 bowlers overall to compete in the 73rd Tennessee State Tournament on Feb. 23-24 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Fischer stayed in touch with bowlers via Facebook (her site and Huntington USBC) and frequent trips to Strike Zone Bowling Center where she competed in two leagues. She took care of entry fees, forms, Tennessee certification, etc. Travelers had to make their own accommodations, but nearly all are staying in one spot.

One bowler who’ll have a short distance to travel is Jacob Fischer, son of Karen and Jack, who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and goes to the University of Tennessee. He bowls in a center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

“I learned my lesson. We had a good time (in 2017), but felt we could do better,” Fischer said. “More time to prepare was a plus. It was a blast last time. It will be a blast this time.”

Bowlers in the Fischer party plan to head down on Feb. 22. With Murfreesboro not that far from Nashville, bowlers will have plenty to occupy their time when not on the lanes. The Huntington reps are competing the final weekend of the three weekend tournament. With a full field (500 teams, etc.), the prize fund will total more than $99,000. In addition, the all-events champion will get a paid entry into the 2020 U.S. Open.

“There’s a lot to bowl for,” Fischer said.

ARTHUR SCORING HIGH: Chase Arthur continues to put up high numbers in the Texas Roadhouse/Elite Paint & Body League at Strike Zone Bowling Center. Arthur fired a perfect game on the way to a 761 series. It’s the fourth 300 of the season for the right-hander.

GOING, GOING GONE: Ben Davis reported last month that he plans to sell everything in his Ashland pro shop. As of Jan. 4, he had some items left along with some bowling balls and a three-ball bag. Let him know if you have any questions. Contact him on his Facebook site.

O’NEILL WINS: Bill O’Neill won three matches last Sunday to take home the title in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas. He beat No. 1 qualifier Jakob Butturff, 199-194, in the championship match. It was the 10th career title for O’Neill, making him eligible for the PBA Hall of Fame ballot in 2025.

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 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. Contact him at bigdogdown@gmail.com.

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