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Dave Walsh: Fuda wins W.Va. junior no-tap tourney

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

As the tournament went on, Patrick Fuda's game got better. He fired a perfect game in game three to finish with a 787 series and win the A Division title in the West Virginia Junior No-Tap Tournament last Sunday at Colonial Lanes.

"I got a better read on the lanes and the ball reacted better," Fuda said in explaining his scoring climb.

After Fuda posted his score, he had to wait to see if any other competitors could top him. He had a good look as many of the top juniors in the state were on pair.

"I did my part," Fuda said. "Then you hope it holds up."

As Butch Tolbert read off the placers, Fuda started to feel better as it took such a long time for his name to be called.

"I was ecstatic," he said. "I jumped up and down a bit. There were some good bowlers here."

The 300 was Fuda's third in a no-tap format (nine strikes is a spare). He had nine true strikes and three 9-counts.

"It's not as easy as you think," Fuda said of shooting 300 in this format.

Fuda, and B Division winner James Willey, are in the junior program at Colonial. Willey shot 680 to lead the B Division field.

The victory gets the two paid entries into three state junior events later this season. They are the West Virginia Pepsi and USBC Division tournaments at Holiday Lanes in Weirton and USBC State Tournament at Pike Street Lanes in Parkersburg.

Help from a family member also has been a plus for Fuda. Gary Lafon, his grandfather, works with him quite a bit. Fuda's average is 190.

"He's had a huge impact," Fuda said. "The way I'm bowling today is because of him. I'd been in a slump a little bit. Got lazy. He got me straightened out."

HUNTINGTON USBC: There's still time to enter the Huntington USBC Championships. The tournament is scheduled Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2-3. Singles and doubles will be on the two Saturdays at Colonial Lanes. Team event will be on the Sundays at Strike Zone (four persons on a team this year). Shifts begin at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per event and $3 for all-events. Entry deadline is Jan. 23. Entry forms are available at the two centers.

REDEMPTION: Tom Daugherty's second appearance on national television went much better than his first.

Daugherty won three matches last Sunday to take home the title in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship. In 2011, the right-hander shot a PBA-record low 100 in a 299-100 loss to eventual champion Mika Koivuniemi in the semifinals in the PBA Scorpion finals.

Daugherty made the No. 4 seed and stepladder finals by four pins over Rhino Page. He used his "thumbless" delivery and slower ball speed to take down three power players and raise his television average by 88 pins in the process. He beat Jason Sterner, 199-177, in the first match. It was Sterner's first time on TV. He then blitzed two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 256-187. That put him in the finals against top seed Osku Palermaa, another two-hander, and Daugherty prevailed, 200-182. The win gets Daugherty a spot in the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions.

FIRST MAJOR: The GEICO World Series of Bowling concludes on ESPN at 1 p.m. Sunday with the finals of the PBA World Championship, the first major of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season. The five bowlers who made the show are No. 5 seed Parker Bohn, No. 4 Dan MacLelland, No. 3 Rhino Page, No. 2 Sean Rash and top qualifier Jason Belmonte. First prize is $50,000.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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