This past weekend PCHS graduate and Davenport University bowler Sean Black traveled to Dayton to bowl two tournaments over the Labor Day weekend. The first tournament he bowled on Saturday was the "Eliminator" Tournament which was composed of a field of 72 boys. The format for this tournament is cutting to the top half of the field after 5 games. Then erase pins after each round cutting to the top 16, 8, 4, 2, until the champion is crowned. Black rolled games of 137-279-218-187-210 in qualifying for a 1031 total putting him in 8th and advancing. Black was never eliminated, rolling games of 237-198-245-223 and 222, in the championship match to defeat Urbana Freshman Kyle Cook, who rolled 212.
Black’s win was his first championship and a $1,000 scholarship. "This was a really great performance as I was able to bounce back after an awful start and end up winning my first tournament. It took me longer than I had hoped but now that I have won one. I have learned how to win and look for more wins to follow."
On Sunday, he competed in a JTBA field of 82 boys with qualifying games of 191-205-226-199-194-203 for a 1218 qualifying total setting him in 12th. He came back with games of 222-191-235-195 for a grand total of 2061 and ended in 9th place and missing another $110 in scholarships by 20 pins. "I felt I threw the ball very well both days but just did not have the carry on Sunday that I did Saturday. I was able to grind out what I could and unfortunately a few missed spares cost me cashing and a possibility of making the stepladder but overall I am very pleased with the overall performance from the weekend and am feeling great about my game right now."
Black will be focusing the next two weeks on his college practice and try-outs before returning to singles action in Waterford, MI, Sept. 14-15 in the MJMA.