Tom Flood, along with tournament director, men's association manager, Hall of Fame bowler and recent 300-game award recipient Rich Edwards, and the unstoppable duo, James and Nancy Mackey, dominated the field of 21 teams at the city tournament.
Tom led the charge with his bowling scores of 214, 213 and 194 for a 207 average and a 621 series. Tom's 621 series was 117 pins above his entering average of 168. The team combined for a handicap score of 2,898 and won the yearly event by 103 pins.
Tom is a longtime bowler and participates in several leagues at Alaskalanes. In the highly competitive Wednesday evening Cook Inlet Masters scratch league, Tom is in third place for most individual points won with 42.5 and a win percentage of 57 percent.
Nice bowling, Tom!
The second-place team, with a score of 2,795, consisted of Frank Miller, Cheryl Conte, Kay Roberts and David Coulter.
First-place scratch went to Hall of Fame bowlers Jim Brenton and Ken Liedes, along with teammates Shane Zimmerman and Dan Ducker. Dan rolled a huge 10-strikes-in-a-row 280 game to contribute to the team's 13-pin victory.
The all-events handicap title with a score of 2,366 went to the quickly improving and frequent bowler James Mackey. James not only bowled every game above his average, but he also amassed a huge 470-pin-over-average performance for nine games.
James entered the tournament with a 122 average as of Dec. 31 and rolled scores of 159, 181 and 168 for a 508 series during singles.
In doubles, in which he also placed first, James rolled scores 140, 191 and 208 for his top series of 539.
For the team event, James scored his high game of 211 along with a 174 and 142 for a 521 series and an overall nine-game average of 174.
Capturing the silver medal in all-events with a score of 2,314 is multileague bowler and holder of eleven-strikes-in-a-row United States Bowling Congress award, Catch Worster. Catch averaged a huge 219 for nine games of bowling with scores of 192, 256 and 187 during the singles event, where he placed seventh with his handicap score of 749.
During doubles competition, Catch and partner Tom Flood collected the bronze medal. Catch did very well during this set with his back-to-back, 250-plus games along the way to his 685 series.
In the team event, Catch closed out the afternoon with scores of 196, 228 and 233 for his second-best series of 657.
Catch bowls in the Thursday evening handicap Dirty Dozen league where he has a hold on second high game with a score of 290 and third in high series with a 671.
Third place in all-events was David Coulter with a score of 2,259.
The gold medal for scratch all-events was won by John Junkert for the second time in three years. John, a Soldotna-Kenai Hall of Fame bowler, averaged 233.777 for nine games.
John, in the singles event, placed fourth with scores of 224, 235 and 200 for a 659 series.
In doubles competition, John recorded the highest scratch series of the event with scores of 236, 255 and 258 for a 749 series.
For the team event where John placed third with partners Rich Edwards, James Dye and Tom Flood, John rolled a 696 series with games of 256, 205 and 235.
John bowls in the Cook Inlet Masters league where he carries a 212 average and is tied for second high game with a 278 and second in high series with a 785.
Second and third place for all-events scratch is Karl Liedes at 2,050 and Shane Zimmerman at 2,017.
Capturing the gold in doubles by a slim margin was James and Nancy Mackey with a score of 1,541. Nancy entered the event with a 123 average and rolled games of 192, 159 and 126 for a 477 series. James rolled games of 140, 191 and 208 for a 539 series.
Second place with a score of 1,532 went to the 2009 women's city all-events champion Jordan Liedes and partner Cindy Coty, who has a hold on the women's season high game with a 289.
Cindy had a huge game during this event when she scored a 267 during her final game. This game combined with her other scores of 204 and 190 gave her a 661 series and also high series for the women during the weekend event.
Jordan entered with a 137 average and scored 190, 165 and 174, for a 411 series and 188 pins above average.
Acquiring the gold medal in doubles with a score of 1,344 is Ken Liedes, a Hall of Fame bowler and 13-time 300-game achiever, and John Junkert. Ken led the charge for the pair with games of 266, 224 and 225 for a 715 series.
Capturing first place in this event and fourth first-place finish in the tournament was James Mackey with a 772.
Separating second place from fourth place is an entire two whole pins.
Second-place finisher was Phyllis Cousins at 763, Jordan Liedes collected the bronze with a 762, and just missing a medal finish was Don McGhee, who placed fourth with a 761.
Don entered with a 182 average and bowled all three games well past the 200 bench mark. Don rolled a pair of 211s and a 237 game for a 659 series.
Don bowls in several leagues at Alaskalanes and is bowling quite well. In the 55 Plus league Don is first in high game with a 247 and is third in series with a 623. In the Golden Oldies league, Don has a hold on third-place high series with a 607.
Winner of the singles scratch event was Karl Liedes. Karl started off with a 189 game and than turned things up a notch with a 239 game and finished with a 268 game for a 696 series.
Shane Zimmerman placed in second with a 664 series, and Glenn Yamada came in third at 660. Don McGhee tied for fourth with John Junkert at 659.
The high games for men were Dave Coulter/Randy Stiedl in first with 290, Dan Ducker in second with 280 and Shane Zimmerman in third with 279.
The high games for women were Phyllis Cousins in first with 269, Cindy Coty in second with 267 and Teresa Liedes in third with 246.
The high series for men were John Junkert in first with games of 236, 255 and 258 for a 749 series, Ken Liedes in second with games of 266, 224 and 225 for a 715 series and Karl Liedes in third with games of 235, 213 and 258 for a 706 series.
The high series for women were Cindy Coty in first with games of 204, 290 and 267 for a 661 series, Teresa Liedes in second with games of 246, 154 and 233 for a 633 series and Phyllis Cousins in third with games of 166, 166 and 269 for a 601 series.
Here are some United States Bowling Congress eleven-strikes-in-a-row award recipients: Dave Coulter, Randy Stiedl and Shane Zimmerman.
The Soldotna-Kenai bowling association city tournament lane awards are: Lanes 1 and 2, Ken Liedes, 267 game, 703 series; Lanes 3 and 4, Catch Worster, 259 game, 685 series; Lanes 5 and 6, Randy Stiedl, 290 game, Shane Zimmerman 679 series; Lanes 7 and 8, Shane Zimmerman, 279 game, Randy Stiedl, 644 series; Lanes 9 and 10, Joe Deveaux, 247 game, 631 series; and Lanes 11 and 12, Cindy Coty, 267 game, Darvin Cousins, 665 series.
A huge thanks goes to Rich Edwards for all the effort and work that he puts in year after year after year with running this tournament.
Bowler's Corner is submitted by Randy Stiedl. For any questions, comments or suggestions e-mail email@example.com.
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