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Port Clinton grad Sean Black finishes third in Waterford Open

Port Clinton graduate and Davenport bowler Sean Black added another impressive tournament to add to his resume this past week finishing 3rd in the 2nd Annual MJMA Waterford Open.  Black was able to qualify 7th on the first day with scores of 167-161-235-224-206-199-225-181 for a 1598 total.  "I was not very sharp on my spares Saturday which cost me close to 100 pins and could have made a huge difference in my ability to score.  I was able to make up for this by being able to throw good first balls and manage the pocket with a lot of strikes. I got off to another shaky start but dug down in myself and grounded out what I could." 

On Sunday Black was able to leave the bad shots behind him he threw the previous day by rolling games of 219-215-208-167-198-218-188-206-202-213-236 going 8-3 in matchplay in the process to put him in 4th place heading into position round.  Down 102 from 3rd place and 2nd being out of reach Black wanted to try and give himself a bye so he did that by rolling the first 11 strikes before leaving the 3-6-10 for a 297 game, his highest game in competition to date.  In the process he was able to win the 30 bonus pins to pass Alex Oullette (Linwood, MI) by one pin to get a bye in the stepladder.

"I was as locked in as I have ever been during the game.  I caught a few breaks carrying 2 Brooklyn strikes during the game, but outside of that the rest of the shots were 10 in the pit.  I just got a little too nervous on the last ball being my first time in this situation and pulled it. Next time, I'll get it," said Black. 

Black then met Ryan Winters (Livonia, MI) in the second match of the stepladder and rolled 211, tying him.  Black then got 9 in the one shot roll-off besting the 8 of Winters.  Next up for Black was Trent Mitchell (Cleveland Heights, OH).  With Mitchell done with a 207, Black needed a strike with the first shot in the 10th to win.  However, on the first shot, in the process of his approach, the ball slipped from his grip and rolled into the right gutter losing and ending up with a 203 ending his run and giving him a 3rd place finish.

"Overall I threw the ball great all weekend and bowled extremely well.  Unfortunately I just lost grip of the ball which cost me the match.  This can do one of two things to a bowler, either get inside their head and force them to take a few steps back or be a good learning experience.  I'm too good to let this affect me to make me worse.  I will learn from this and the result will only turn me into a better player," said Black.

This will be Black's last youth tournament as he starts bowling for Davenport when they have their season debut October 5-6 in Wauwatosa, WI at the Midwest Collegiate Tournament. Black has a previous 3rd and 4th in MJMA (Michigan Junior Masters) this season, and won the $1000 first prize scholarship at The Eliminator in Dayton several weeks ago.

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