Open Championships – Week 3

A star-studded weekend with lots of Hall of Famers bowling including Senior Bowler of the Year Gayle Seltzner whose name wasn’t announced due to a short circuit in the microphone. It was only a mild electrical shock and the rehab is going well, so I should be ok again soon.

Or something like that.

Seltzner, a few other Hall of Famers, and several other Madison Area bowlers made some big waves in the standings this past weekend.

SBI state still holds the top spot in Division 1, although they no longer have the high team scratch score. Their 3606 mark was bested by Dream Lanes bowling out of the Scratch Division who posted a 3619. The team was led by Hall of Famer Jim Fosdick with 751. Three others had 700 – Rick Erce (743), Herb Kimpel (725), and Gregg Williams (719). And, as with every good scratch team, one bowler did not. Tim Fosdick had 681. The team shot games of 1282, 1041, and 1296.

Reigning Senior Bowler of the Year Gayle Seltzner piloted the Village Vixens to the top spot in Division 2 team at +290 – edging out Lake City League’s Ale Asylum by two pins. Seltzner was +89 with a 674 set on games of 236, 223, and 215. Devan Andruss was +85 with a 628 series that included a 265 game. Madison Area Director Karine Aslakson led the team at +93. Queens Champion Lindsey Conklin added +29, and Madison Area Hall of Famer Mona Peirce was about on par.

There are new doubles leaders in every category. In Division 1, Peter Kortes and Matt Cherney shot 1473 scratch to go +150. Kortes and Cherney showed up to bowl with no lanes assigned to them as the tournament director dropped the ball on their entry. Their game was apparently unaffected. Kortes tossed a 749 and Cherney a 724.

In Division 2, Open Championship veterans Rob Stone and Nick Cleaver of JDR Engineering went +183 in their doubles event. Cleaver fired a 744 series for 120 of those pins and Stone was 63 over with a 624 set.

Hall of Famers Jeff Richgels and Marc McDowell smoked the lanes with 1549 and lead by nearly 70 pins. McDowell completed his 780 series with a perfect game. Richgels had 769.

Carey Emerson continues to lead with his seemingly insurmountable singles score of +169, and Hall of Famer Jim Fosdick’s 813 is still tops in the Scratch division. JDR Engineering’s Carlos Ruef claimed the top spot on the leaderboard with a 650 series – 152 pins over average.

In All Events, Peter Kortes leads with +251 for the Division 1 All Events Championship, though he was not entered in the optional cash pool. Leading the cashers is Kevin Raduka with +248. Raduka averages 202 and turned in sets of 692 in Team, 663 in Doubles, and 711 in Singles.

The Division 2 All Events leader is Terry Hansen at +261. Hansen tossed a pair of 700’s in Doubles (735) and Team (714). He had another score in singles that wasn’t 700. Or 600. But it was enough.

The tournament continues this final weekend at Schwoegler E.C.