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Paul's Lifetime Bowling Passion
Bowling has been a life passion for me. I have been bowling in one form or another for most of my life. It is a great competitive outlet, stress reliever and also a way of making new friends and socializing with existing ones ("a night out with the boys").
Updates for the year
It's been a while since my last update, so I decided to write some about what has been happening in my bowling life below.
I hope all is good with your bowling game!
See my tournament page for updates to my tournament schedule for the 2011-2012 season.
2011-12 League Season!
The 2011-2012 league season started and is progressing very nicely for me. I am still bowling on two leagues and averaging over 200 in both.
Another 300 Game
My Latest 300 Game!
On October 17, 2011 While subbing for a friend on his Monday night league, I shot my fourth sanctioned 300 game.
My games were 236, 300, 233 for a 762 set!
It's 2010-11 League Season!
Yes, it is the time when leagues start once again. I am bowling on two leagues again this year. How about you? How many leagues are you bowling this year?
It's 2010 Tournament Season!
Yes, it is tournament season once again, when all the local associations hold their annual tournaments. I have been gearing up for them by putting in extra practice when I can and tuning up my equipment (new finger grips along with oil extraction and resurfacing).
I will be bowling in the Greater Baltimore USBC Association Tournament, the Central Maryland USBC Association Tournament and the Maryland State USBC Association Tournament this year. Finally, I am bowling in the USBC National Tournament in June. The National Tournament is being held in Reno, Nevada this year.
The USBC National Tournament
I bowled in this tournament on June 14th and 15th. It was in Reno, NV this year. See my tournament page for a report on the trip and my results.
The Maryland State USBC Association Tournament
I bowled in this tournament on May 8th and 9th. It was in Pocomoke City, MD, which is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland about 4 hours drive from where I live. I did not bowl too well, I didn't even break 1800 for 9 games. I did not match up to the dry conditions that were laid out in the bowling center and struggled until the last game of the last set, finally bowling a decent score.
The Central Maryland USBC Association Tournament
I won this tournament by an unbelieveable margin, see my tournament page for a report on the 2010 Central Maryland USBC Association Tournament.
The Greater Baltimore USBC Association Tournament
I made a very good showing in this tournament, see my tournament page for a report on the 2010 Greater Baltimore USBC Association Tournament.
First Sanctioned 300 Game Since 2006!
Another 300 Game!
On Tuesday, January 26, 2010, I bowled a 300 game as part of my league night.
This time, it will be sanctioned by the USBC, making this my third sanctioned 300 game. I used my Lane #1 G-Force solid for the 300 game.
The only questionable strike came as the first ball in the tenth when the 9 pin stood for a second before the head pin came off the wall and took it out, man what a rush that was! It loosened me up for the final two balls and they were packed in the pocket just like the first nine!
This is the first 300 game at Greenmount Bowl this league season, making it extra special for me.
2009 USBC Tournament Report
See my tournament page for a full report on my trip to Las Vegas for the USBC Nationals.
2009 Maryland State Tournament Final Results
I bowled in the Maryland State USBC Association tournament on May 16 and 17, 2009 at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, MD. I finished with a 2243 scratch total for all events (this is just under a 250 average for 9 games). This is my best showing ever in any tournament.
The Team Receiving their Awards
The MD State Tournament Awards Ceremony
The tournament is complete and it is now official, we are the champions! Our team finished first in the handicap division and third in the scratch division. Our team bowled extremely well and I am very proud of them!!
The 2009 Maryland State Tournament Championship Team:
Rick Johnson, Tom Haifely, Mike Stevens, Paul Saunders, and Guy Johnson.
As noted above, I had my best tournament ever, finishing in 3rd place in scratch all events, 14th in scratch singles, and 22nd in scratch doubles. In team, I had a 753 set (287, 242, 224). I had the first ten strikes in the first game before throwing a bad shot and finishing with a 287. I had a singles score of 758 (235, 266, 257) and a doubles scores of 732 (258, 258 216).
On top of all this, a good friend of mine, Guy Johnson, shot his first ever 800 set (801) and a 299 game in the team event.
My Daughter's Pepsi Tournament Run
Pepsi Award Plaque Presentation!
My six year old daughter recently competed in the Maryland State Pepsi Tournament and placed 5th overall!!
This was her first year bowling and she kept very composed during the competition, although I was nervous enough for the both of us.
She bowled a total of 70 pins over her average for the three games and received a very nice plaque for 5th place. She was very surprised and happy with her results.
2009 Central Maryland Tournament Update
I recently bowled in the Central Maryland Association tournament on March 28, 2009 at Dual Lanes in Hagerstown, MD. I finished with a respectable score of 1977 scratch for all events (this is just under a 220 average for 9 games). Our team bowled very well and may have a chance to cash, but I doubt I will get anything else. The lanes were fairly dry and somewhat tricky to play properly, especially as the day went on. I used my pearl Buzzbomb/R and my dry lanes ball (Lane #1 Chainsaw) the whole time and had a pretty good look. I had one game under 200 - a 155 in the second game of my singles set, but I followed that up with my high game of the day, a 269.
New Bowling Calendar of Events!
At the top right on this page, I have added a Bowling Calendar of Events! Dates with activities are highlighted. Click on a date to find out what is going on that day.
I threw another 300 game recently!
The bad part about this is it doesn't count as a "sanctioned" 300 game since I bowled it while bowling as a pacer with my middle son on his Saturday afternoon youth league. All of the youth bowlers stopped and gathered around my lanes to watch me...it was a blast, like the old days when someone would throw a 300 and the whole house would stop to watch. I did not get nervous (like I do when it is for "real") and had the pleasure of three out of four of my children watching me accomplish this. The ball I used is my new Lane #1 Chainsaw, it is a great ball on dry lanes.
My Record Setting Son!
My oldest son has been on a tear this year and his bowling average is up by 20 pins or more from last year. He recently shot his very first 700 set, a 743 with games of 230, 236, and 277. This was this first 700 set by a youth bowler in this house in more than 2 years. He just missed setting the youth house record by 22 pins. I am very proud of him to say the least!!