Bermuda Regional

Here is my report of the PBA regional tournament held in Bermuda. Marj and Joe Corriea along with the Bermuda bowling club were the hosts of this annual event.

There was only one squad as there were 54 players. There were 2 rounds of 5 games before the cut to the top 16 players for the 16 games of round robin match play. The top 5 were then in a step-ladder finals for the title. The lanes were oiled using the 'B' pattern. This is normally a high scoring pattern which plays inside. I started the first round playing around 22 at the arrows with a particle ball (#0185)No Photo with medium speed and a fair amount of hook. I started the first game out bowling pretty well with a turkey and a finishing 4 bagger for a 244. The 2nd game was very fortunate as I missed the pocket 5 times, but had a turkey and a double with no opens to shoot 225. The 3rd game was a better bowled game as I only missed the pocket once, but only had one double for a 209. The 4th game wasn't very good as I had trouble hitting the pocket in the first half of the game due to the lanes playing quite a bit different. I had one open when I missed the 3-4-6-7 and struck out in the 9th and 10th frame for a 198.

I was fortunate in that I only had 2 opens for all of the missed pocket shots that I had. Since the lanes weren't re-oiled in between squads, the lanes were hooking pretty good in the 2nd round so I switched to an old reactive ball (#1532) . I started playing around 28 at the arrows with medium speed and a fair amount of hook. I missed the 2-4-5 in the 1st frame of the 6th game followed by a spare and a turkey before leaving a 4-10 when I went a pinch high. A double was followed by a 4-9 which I missed to shoot 188. I bowled a very good 7th game but had an open in the 5th frame when I missed the 4-6-7 followed by striking out for a 235. I started the 8th game by chopping the 3-6 and then missing the 3-6-10 right. I later had a turkey to shoot 197. In the 9th game I had a double followed by a chopped 2-4-5. I finished the game with a 4 bagger for a 223. In the 10th game I had trouble getting strikes as I only had 3 and shot 193. I qualified tied for 4th place with +117. It took -16 to make the cut at 16th place.

In qualifying I had 61 strikes out of 114 shots. I had 3 strikes while missing the pocket, a tripped 4-7-10 in the 2nd game, a tripped 3 pin on the fill ball in the 4th game, and a nose shot in the 9th frame. I missed the pocket 30 times.
My strike % on pocket shots was 58 out of 84 pocket shots or 69%.
I had 9 opens. 4 were splits (3-4-6-7, 4-6-7-10, 4-10, 4-9) and 4 missed spares (2-4-5, 3-6, 3-6-10, 2-4-5). I didn't do a very good job with my spares. However I did pick up the 3-6-9-10, 2-8, 3-9, 2-4-5, 3-6-9, and 1-2-4.

In the first round of match play I started using a particle ball (#0185)No Photo playing around 17 with pretty good speed. My first opponent was Jeff Schrum who was celebrating his birthday. Jeff struggled a bit as he had 2 opens when he missed the 2-4-10 and the 3-4-6-7-8-10 with one double for a 181. I had the front 9 strikes and then missed the 2-8 in the 10th for a 266. My 2nd game was against Richard Church. He started with the first 5 strikes with a cross over in the 5th before leaving the 3-4-7-10 for an open. A double at the end of the game helped him to a 229. I started with a rip 7-10 and missed the 3-10 and 4-9 splits with a double and a turkey in the 10th for a 179. I started to slow down and hook the ball a bit more at the end of the 2nd game. In game 3 I bowled against Kent Wagner. Kent was playing up between the 2nd and 3rd arrows. Kent really struggled as he missed the 4-6-7-9-10, 2-4-10, 2-4, 1-2-10, and the 2-8-10 with one strike for a 138. I managed a double with no opens for a 204.

Stoney Baker started the 4th game with a 4 bagger and had a turkey at the end of the game with a missed 4-6-7-10 for a 224. I started the game by missing the 2-8 followed by a turkey. I later missed the 3-6-10 followed by a double for a 200. In game 5 I bowled against Bryan Goebel. He started with a 4 bagger with the help of a tripped 2-8 in the 3rd. He finished with a 5 bagger for a 266. The pair was quite a bit different for me as I ended up moving into 24 on the left lane and out to 20 on the right. After missing the 2-8 in the 2nd and picking it up in the 4th frame I struck out for a 247. In game 6 I bowled Jeff Fehr and again the pair was different except the pair hooked more than the previous pair. I moved into 28 on the right lane and 25 on the left. After a missed 4-7-10 and a spared 3-10 I started hitting the pocket including a finishing 5 bagger to shoot 214. Jeff had trouble as he missed the 1-2-4-10 and 2-8-10, but did manage a finishing turkey to shoot 184. David White was my opponent in the 7th game. He started with a double and a turkey before picking up the 6-7-9. He struck and then left the 4-6-7-9 in the 9th frame which he missed. I started with a couple of 10 pins and then had a turkey starting in the 5th frame. I had a chance to lock up the game in the 10th, but left a solid 9 on the first shot of the 10th to shoot 216. David needed a double to win the game, but left a 5 pin on his 2nd shot to shoot 212. In the 8th game I started with a turkey after a cross over strike and a tripped 4-7-10. I added a later double and then left an 8-10 in the 9th frame to shoot 210.

Gary Morgan, the only lefty to make the top 16, started with the first 8 strikes with the help of a cross over strike in the 7th. He left the 6-10 in the 9th frame and struck out for a 278. I was in 4th place with 8 games to go. The lanes were re-oiled so I decided to play up around 11 with a more reactive ball (#1532). My 9th game in match play was against Ryan Smith. Ryan missed the 3-6 and the 3-6-10 with no doubles to shoot 172. I chopped the 2-4-5 in the first frame followed by a double and a late double to shoot 206. The 10th game was against Jason Hurd. Jason had a couple of breaks when he tripped the 2 pin in the 3rd frame for a turkey and the 2-8 in the 6th frame in the middle of a 6 bagger surrounding a 2-4-8-10 for an open to shoot 260. I had a double, a missed 4-9, a turkey, a missed 2-4-5-7-8, and a couple of spares for 197. The 11th game was against Shawn Evans. I had trouble on the left lane as it kept hooking more than I expected. I missed the 3-6-10 in the 5th frame and never doubled to shoot 181. Shawn had a bit more trouble than I did as he missed the 3-4-6-7 and the 3-6-9-10 for 165. Game 12 was against John May. The lanes were hooking more and I had one double with no opens as I picked up the 3-10, three 6-10's, a 2-4-5-8, and the 2-7-8 to shoot 196. John bowled a very nice game as he had double, a 4 bagger and a double to shoot 246.

The 13th game was against William Geter. I started with a double but wasn't able to get any more consecutive strikes and missed the 2-4-8-10 to shoot 197. William missed the 2-4-8-10 in the 2nd and followed with a 5 bagger with the help of a tripped 4-10 before missing the 1-2-4-10 and shot 206. I bowled local Mike McCallum in game 14. Mike started with a double before missing the 1-2-4-10. He later missed the 2-5 and the 2-4-5-8 before getting a double thanks to a cross over strike to shoot 177. I picked up the 2-7 split before getting a turkey. I then picked up a pocket 5-7 before getting a double and a turkey in the 10th for a nice 237. In the 15th game I bowled Marc Massie and he bowled a great game as he never missed the pocket and had an 8 bagger to shoot 267. I had a little bit of trouble hitting the pocket, but I had 2 doubles while picking up the 3-6-10, 2-4-5, and the 2-4-5-7-8 for a 211. In the position round I bowled Bryan Goebel. He was in 5th place while I had dropped to 6th. He was around 120 pins ahead of me, so I needed a minor miracle to make the top 5 step ladder finals. Bryan started with a nose strike to get a double. In the 4th frame he missed the 4-6. He finally got another double at the end of the game to shoot 201. I missed the 3-9-10 in the 2nd frame and was able to get one double near the end of the game to shoot 196.

The last round kind of got me. Kent Wagner was around 100 pins behind me starting the last round and bowled great as he ended up leading the tournament. Kent ended up winning the tournament for the 3rd year in a row as he beat Jason Hurd in the step ladder final. Before the step ladder final a match between the top 5 US finishers bowled the top 5 Bermuda players in a 2 game Baker match. The Bermuda team won for the first time in 5 years by over 100 pins! Congratulations to the Bermuda players. Evidently they saved their good bowling for the team match.

In my matches I had 98 strikes out of 179 shots. I had 4 strikes while missing the pocket, two were cross over strikes and two were tripped 4-7-10's. I missed the pocket 55 times.
My strike % on pocket shots was 94 out of 124 pocket shots or 76%.
I had 15 opens. 9 were splits (a rip 7-10, 3-10, 4-9, 4-7-10, 8-10, 4-9, 3-6-7, 2-4-8-10, 3-9-10) and 6 were missed spares (two 2-8's, 3-6-10, 2-8, 2-4-5, 2-4-5-7-8). I did pick up some spares, 5 splits (two 3-10's, 2-7-8, 2-7, 5-7) and quite a few combination spares (three 2-4-8's, 2-8, 2-5, two 2-4-5-8's, four 6-10's, 3-6-10).

My opponents had 103 strikes out of 181 shots. They had 9 strikes while missing the pocket, 3 crossover's, two tripped 2-8's, a tripped 2, tripped 4-10, a tripped 4-6, and a nose strike. They missed the pocket 61 times.
Their strike % on pocket shots was 94 out of 120 or 78%.
They had 23 opens. 13 were splits (2-4-10, 3-4-6-7-9-10, 3-4-7-10, 4-6-7-9-10, 2-4-10, 2-8-10, 4-6-7-10, 2-8-10, 4-6-7-9, 2-4-8-10, 4-6) and 10 were missed spares (2-4, 1-2-10, 1-2-4-10, 3-6-10, 3-6-9-10, two 1-2-4-10's, 2-5, 2-4-5-8). They picked up one split, 6-7-9, and several spares, 1-2-4, 3-6-10, 6-9, 2-8, 3-6, 2-8, 3-6).

I bowled decent, but my final round was not quite good enough to keep me in the top 5. Not quite the finish I was looking for, but I can't really complain.

Walter Ray