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David Walsh: Changes coming for first tournament of 2013

Apr. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Bowlers will notice several changes Sunday when they show up at Colonial Lanes for the first scratch singles tournament of the 2013 season.

First, Justin Adkins is now running the Sport Lane Pattern Scratch Singles Tournament show. He takes over for Dave Black.

"I told them (Colonial bosses) I was more than willing to do it," Adkins said. "I'm doing it for the bowlers. This is something they enjoy."

Starting time is now noon instead of 2 p.m. Entry fee is up $10 to $40. Competition will be on lanes to the right of the counter when bowlers walk in. Bowling could be all the way down on lanes 33-34. With the special oil patterns used, there won't be conflicts now with the senior bowlers who compete on Mondays as they start on lanes 1-2 and work down.

There will be some new oil patterns. Adkins, who averages 200 and 212 in leagues at Strike Zone, said Kegel's Sunset Strip pattern will be in play Sunday.

"Kegel's got a lot of them. They're the new PBA (patterns)," Adkins said.

The tournament format has seen an adjustment. After the four-game qualifier, the top 10 bowlers (seeded) will bowl a two-game match (total pins). The top five will move on to the stepladder finals. It's possible Adkins will feature the Eliminator style finals some (where all finalists compete each game with low score out). Colonial GM Amy Neighborgall-Fischer has donated money to the cause. The winner Sunday will get $400. Look for the prize fund/winner's share to be big for the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Start time is one thing Colonial officials should consider. Bowlers who attend church are going to have to make choices. The tournament regular attract entries from eastern Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio, in addition to the locals. Adkins said he's got commitments from bowlers from Pikeville College and Morehead State. So starting at 1 p.m. would make it easier on all parties.

"I'm not really nervous," Adkins said. "I'm hoping things go smoothly. What makes me happy is I've got a lot of people behind me." One is Kevin McWhorter who's expected to help with brackets.

More information on the scratch and handicap tournaments is available at www.coloniallaneswv.com.

ELKS NATIONAL: Bowlers who belong to Huntington Elks Lodge 313 head to Lexington, Ky., this weekend to compete in the 93rd Elks National Tournament. Eastland Bowling Lanes is the tournament site. Here are the leading scores after three weekends.

Team, actual, 3,546; handicap, 3,800. Doubles, actual, 1,472; handicap, 1,603; singles, actual, 811; handicap, 819 (tie); all-events, actual, 2,295; handicap, 2,528; senior singles, actual, 656; handicap, 785; senior doubles, actual, 1,087; handicap, 1,466 (Peg Stone/Sherri Stark of Charleston).

GOT IT RIGHT: I wrote last week that I liked top seed Pete Weber to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament Champions. Nailed it as Weber beat No. 2 seed Jason Belmonte, 224-179, in the title match on ESPN.

For Weber, there's no middle ground. Fans either like him or they don't mainly because of his mannerisms. I was in his corner because the right-hander, who is 50, can execute under pressure. In the title match, Belmonte, the two-handed star from Australia, stood way left and lofted his ball over the gutter cap for a big swing back to the pocket. He suffered the 4-10 split three times, converting one. Weber, too, played a deep inside line, but thanks to his renowned hand control, he got the ball to the pocket, got carry and avoided mistakes. He had three doubles.

Weber became the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time and tied bowling legend Earl Anthony for most major PBA titles with 10. He has 37 career wins, tying him for third on the all-time list with Norm Duke.

"Pete is the most talented bowler the world has ever seen, and may ever see," Belmonte told Bill Vint of pba.com. "To bowl him in the finals and see him break records like he has broken is really special. If I could achieve half of what he has done by the time my career is over, I'll be ecstatic."

Belmonte beat No. 3 qualifier Sean Rash, 229-171, in the semifinals. Rash ousted No. 4 Tommy Jones, 247-233, in the second match. In the opener, Jones eliminated No. 5 Osku Palermaa, 217-189.

LEAGUE FINALS: The first PBA League champion will be determined Sunday when the Elias Cup Finals air at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Top seed for the stepladder finals is the New York City WTT KingPins. Their leader is Pete Weber. Also on the team are Tommy Jones, Scott Norton, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski and Kelly Kulick.

The second seed is the Motown Muscle. Bowlers are Mike Fagan, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Ronnie Russell, Jesse Buss and D.J. Archer. The BROOKLYN STyles are No. 3. Members are Sean Rash, Ryan Ciminelli, Ryan Shafer, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Sterner and Tom Hess. The fourth seed for the show are the Dallas Strikers. Norm Duke, Rhino Page, Amleto Monacelli, Bryon Smith, Mike Machuga and Mike Wolfe make up the team.

Format is Baker which requires each member of the team to bowl two frames in one game. The championship match will consist of two games with total pins determining the winner.

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

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