When Red Bird Lanes and Insidebowling.com decide to put on an event, bowlers come out in droves! This was the case again on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at the Righty/Lefty Doubles event created by Jerry Anderson (Red Bird Lanes manager).
A full field of 24 teams laced it up to compete in this 12-game sweeper format event. Top bowlers from the surrounding St. Louis area competed as well as some of the top amateurs from neighboring states. Each team consisted of one left-handed and one right-handed bowler.
Some of the names competing were former exempt pro, Jeff Carter, and local studs Jerry Dwiggins, Tom Partl Jr., Don Griffin, Eddie Byrd, Shea Bittenbender, and Tim Behrendt, to just name a few. One bowler I was looking forward to watching compete was Matt McNiel from Minnesota. He is only 24 years old and has put together some very impressive scores at the USBC Open Championships the past two years, firing 2241 & 2326 respectively for his all-events totals.
The team of Joe Roseman and Jeff Carter started the day about as well as any doubles team could. Roseman came out of the gate with 290, 268, 266, 269, & 300. Carter contributed 268, 221, 300, 267, and 268 to take them to an IMPRESSIVE +717 for just their first five games!
Once the lanes transitioned, Roseman & Carter struggled at keeping pace and it was the team of Jerry Dwiggins and Ron Booy that stayed the most consistent all day. Dwiggins averaged 250.3 and Booy averaged 248.3 to take home the title and a cool $2,000.
High average for the day went to Matt McNiel's partner, Scott Rains, who averaged an incredible 259.7 for twelve games (257,254,290,256,279,237,264,241,243,238,279, & 278). McNiel averaged 235.1, which was enough to bring home second place and a $1,300 prize.
Other cashers were:
3rd Place - Tom Partl Jr/Don Griffin - $900
4th Place - Jeff Carter/Joe Roseman - $600
5th Place - Mike Peters/Rick Kidd - $500
6th Place - Eddie Byrd/Eric Czmowski - $400
300 Games - Jeff Carter, Joe Roseman, Mike Peters, Wesley Edwards, Greg Benefield
It was great meeting new faces and chatting with new visitors to the website during the Live Stream. I look forward to every Live Stream, but especially events like this that are sold out and offer a unique format.
My hat's off again to Jerry Anderson and the entire Red Bird Lanes staff for their hard work and dedication to the sport of bowling. There were very few lane breakdowns and the scores were updated quickly by Jerry's assistant, April. I heard many compliments from bowlers about how fast the prize fund and bracket winnings were paid out and how cool it was to be Live Streamed.
Remember that there are many upcoming Insidebowling.com events including the Insidebowling.com Open at the end of April, featuring a guaranteed $5,000 for first place!
Come back tomorrow to see full standings from the Righty/Lefty as they become available...