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State bowling tournament putting up big numbers

Community: With 6 weeks left, bowlers are showing off skills

(Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
(Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids United States Bowling Congress Bowling Association is in the midst of hosting the Iowa men’s state tournament, which started in February and ends May 6.

All of the events are being held in two local bowling centers on weekends — May City Bowl and Cedar Rapids Bowling Center. The team event is at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center and doubles and singles are at May City Bowl.

More than 6,000 bowlers are vying for a state championship in the three events (team, doubles and singles) and all events. There are three divisions this year (the first year for this), which has been confusing to some bowlers but, when looking at what it entails, it is fair for all because they are competing against like averages.

A little past the halfway point of the state tournament, the scores have been pretty telling of how skilled (some say a little lucky) the bowlers are this year. There already have been 21 300 games and seven 800 series. The state awards program is giving out honors on site for 300 games, 800 series, game of 100 over average and series of 150 over average series. These awards have been flying out the doors.

According to information complied on state honor scores since 2003, there have been 281 300 games and 94 800 series — not counting this years. The average tournament issues 21 300 games and seven 800 series, which this year already has been matched. The beset year was 2004 when 32 300 games and 13 800 series were recorded.

The tournament records are 868 for three-game seres, by Chris Meader of Cedar Rapids in 2013; 3,678 for highest open team series by Trophy King of Davenport in 2011; 3,409 for highest booster team series by Lawson Auto Body of Eagle Grove in 2016; 1,567 (835, 732) for highest open doubles series, set in 1994; 1,499 for highest booster doubles series, set in 2009; 854 for highest open singles series, by Brian Price of Bettendorf in 1995; 715 for highest booster singles series, by Thomas Rief of Dennison in 2003; 2,357 for highest open all events, scratch, by Duane Kilts of Cedar Rapids in 2002; and 2,370 for highest booster all events, with handicap, by Zack Yanish of Ames in 2015.

The leaders at this point this year are: booster team (3,236 K & K Construction of Eagle Grove), standard team (3,584, Oddballs of Mount Carroll, Ill.), open scratch team (3,554 Tanks Tunes of Waterloo), booster doubles (1,432 Shannon/Niles of Independence), standard doubles (1,536 Kissinger/Mumm of DeWitt), open scratch doubles (1,525 Ely/Ely of Kellogg), booster singles (734 Kyle Mentzer of Independence), standard singles (802 Shane McFarland of Pleasant Hill), open scratch singles (824 Jerron Marshall of Burlington), booster all events (2,185 Brandon Guilder of Postville), standard all events (2,242 Randy Rissinger of DeWitt) and open scratch all events (2,347 Jason Oskarson of New London).

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This is the 101st and last tournament in this format. Starting Aug. 1, the men’s and women’s state associations will merge and possible changes could be coming.

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