Local bowlers compete in Pro-Am event

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R-L:Local youth bowler, Elizabeth Scaff, poses with Bill O'Neill prior to Friday night's Pro-Am event. O'Neill Captured the PBA's Harry O'Neale Chesapeake Open Sunday at AMF Western Branch.


By Mike Hawkins

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Top qualifier Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, finished with a four bagger in turning back a rally by A.J. Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, 257-216 to earn his 11th career PBA title and second of 2019 at the Go Bowling!

Professional Bowlers Association Tour’s Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open, Sunday at AMF Western Branch.

The Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open was named in honor of the long-time PBA South Region manager who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2016. The Chesapeake stop was the third of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

Prior to the tournament though, which ran across Saturday and Sunday, the event began with a Pro-Am event to allow everyday league bowlers the chance to pair up with three different professionals for some 9-pin No Tap doubles action.

Among those in attendance for the Pro-Am event were a handful of league bowlers from Albemarle Lanes, including one youth bowler who had the chance to pair up with the eventual PBA champion, O’Neill.

Elizabeth Scaff of the local Saturday morning youth leagues, not only paired with O’Neill, who happens to be her favorite touring pro, also rubbed elbows a little while bowling with Walter Ray Williams, Junior.

Williams holds both the record for PBA titles at 47, as well as all-time winnings at over $4.9 million!

In addition to Scaff, other local league bowlers out of Albemarle Lanes to make the trip and bowl with the pros included Brenda Cowand, Eric Craft, Debbie Winslow, Bobby Winslow, and Stephanie Winslow for the adults and youths Kaylee Winslow, Ben Hawkins, and defending youth winner, Bryce Hawkins.

In the end, everyone had a great time bowling with the pros and an even greater respect for the difficult oil patterns the pros face on a weekly basis; even more so after the lanes have been bowled on for a while.

Local summer league action is beginning to wrap-up and the team standings are indicating both Monday and Tuesday night’s leagues are going to come down to the final night as Monday Night Trio has a 2-game gap at the top, while the Tuesday Night No-Tap Doubles is separated by a mere four games with only a position round left on the schedule.

Mark Tarkington fired an impressive 262-698 last Monday to lead all men.

He was joined on the high-score’s list by Garry Williams’ 232 game and a 211 each from David Ange and Stephen Marshall.

Patsy Sanders’ 166-484 topped the ladies last Monday, just ahead of Jackie Bradely’s 182-482, and Brittney Gaumond’s 168-475. Kimberly Wiley added a 166 scratch game to round out the Monday night leaders.

The No-Tap Doubles League added a fifth member of its 300-club as Eric Craft accomplished the feat during his final game last week. Paul Lacher nearly beat Craft to become the fifth 300-bowler over the summer when he came down to the last ball of a 296 second game. Lacher and Craft finished with the top two series of 981 and 944 respectively. John Bradley’s 276-925 only trailed the performances of Lacher and Craft.

Debbie Winslow fired a 275-937 to top the ladies last Tuesday, while Krista Farrell’s 195-696 and Brenda Marx’s 184-654 followed.

The Saturday morning kids wrapped up their summer with Trevon Nguyen (132 game) and Kenzie Vanscoy (115 game) leading the way for the bumper kids.

The highly contested youth Crazy-8 league followed the lead of the adult leagues where the season title came down to the final game of the season. In the end, it was the team of Jason Nistler, Gary Allen Nistler, Violet Olds, and Gary Nistler, collectively known as REO Sparewagon, finishing the summer one game ahead of the team of Gaston Pinner, GS Pinner, Bryce Hawkins, and Ben Hawkins. A 43-pin difference in the final game of the summer decided the title winners.

Despite the loss, Ben Hawkins finished the season with his third 300-game and 763 series, followed by Bryce Hawkins’ 260-700, and Christopher Vinson’s 238-677.

For the young ladies, it was Lindsay Porter’s 243-614, Violet Old’s 211-547, and Elizabeth Scaff’s 198-461 turning the heads.

The adults were led by Korey Gregory’s 267-681, Lindsay Perry’s 258-629, and Gary Nistler’s 243-608.

For the season, the Crazy-8 league recorded ten 300 scores, led by Ben Hawkins (3), Bryce Hawkins (3) and one each from Christopher Vinson, Travis Clark, Debbie Winslow, and Korey Gregory.

Until next week, good luck and good bowling.

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