Brian Uhrin took the lead after the 2nd game and shot 1015 to win the Sept. Reynolds nine pin no tap qualifier. Rod Baird was 2nd with 988 while Josh Dodson was 3rd with 976. Jeff Bragg (976) and Kevin Clark (968) rounded out the top five. All of them qualified for the Tournament of Champions final that will be held April 10.
The tournament began just as it ended as last year’s winner Dave Burrell began with a 252. His 29-pin-per-game handicap gave him a first game total of 281. Bragg scratched 252 and with his handicap (17 ppg.) was 2nd with 273. Steve Reaver (220-266) was 3rd while Ryan McCutcheon (253-259) was 4th. Baird and Uhrin tied for the 5th spot with 258. Both were bowling scratch.
Uhrin found the range in the 2nd game and shot 290. That moved him into the lead with 548. However, Stacy Dodson shot 297 and jumped from 14th to 2nd with 536. Josh Dodson, another scratch bowler, shot 265 and moved from 7th to 3rd with 520. Bragg (226) fell to 4th with 516, while Baird (251) remained 5th with 509.
In the 3rd game, Uhrin fell to 230, but still remained in the top spot with 778. But, Clark, who was consistent during the first two games (224-227), continued that way with a 236 and moved from 6th to 2nd with 697-763. Baird, who was also a model of consistency, shot 246 and moved from 5th to 3rd with 755. Dodson (226) fell one spot to 4th with 746, while Rich Tribley (262) moved from 11th to 5th with 742.
With only 36 pins separating the top five bowlers, all eyes were focused on the final game. Uhrin shot 237 and held on to the lead with 1015. Baird (233) took 2nd with 988, while Josh Dodson (230) ended 3rd with 976.
However, Bragg made the biggest move. A 174 3rd game dropped him from 4th to 9th with 707. But, he recovered from near disaster, shot 244 and claimed 4th place with 968. The opposite held true for Clark. He fell from 236 to 181 and finished 5th with 966.
First place paid $150, while 2nd paid $100. Third place was worth $75, while 4th paid $50. Fifth place paid $33.
Scratch jackpot winners were Baird (258), Stacy Dodson (297), George Rearick (265) and Rick Busch (261).
Handicap winners were Burrell (281), Stacey Dodson (313), Tribley (278) and Al Emmerich (283).
An optional scratch division has been added to the Tournament of Champions. There is a $10 entry fee. Eighty percent will be paid out at each event and the remaining 20 percent goes toward the finals. In order to be eligible for the scratch finals, you must bowl in three monthly qualifiers and enter the scratch division competition.
Uhrin was the scratch division winner for Sept. He earned an additional $72.
The next qualifier is Oct. 17.
ä As we have said in previous articles, bowling is a game of adjustments. Most of us would be pleased if we could stand in the same spot from the beginning to the end of competition. Unfortunately, that rarely occurs. Let’s review the most common and easiest adjustments a bowler usually makes — angular and parallel moves. For simplicity, all adjustments will be based on the typical house shot and are for right-handed bowlers.
Remember, on a house shot, there is generally more oil on the inside than the outside of the lanes. As the lanes begin to break down (and hook more), you might consider moving your feet one board inside, but keep your target the same. However, if the ball is still over-reacting, a 2-1 move should be considered. That means for every two board you move your feet, you move your target one board in the same direction. For example, if your starting point is 20 and you’re looking at 10 (2nd arrow) you move to 22 and look at 11. This is an angular move.
A parallel move is similar, but is usually a board-to-board move. That means, for every board you move with your feet, you move the same number of boards with your target and in the same direction.
The type of adjustment and how much you move is solely your choice. However, most of the instructors recommend starting with a three board parallel adjustment or a five board move with your feet and a three board move with your eyes for an angular adjustment.
Gabe D’Angelo is a local bowler and member of the Professional Bowlers Writers Association who writes this weekly column for The Herald