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Date: 22 Feb 2006 00:21:46
From: Joe Zachar
Subject: U.S. Open Lane Pattern - Reality Check.
Tonight when I bowled in my handicap mixed league the house laneman
accidentially put down the U.S. Open Lane Pattern, from last weeks US
Open in NJ, on one side of the house. They have 2 of the $25,000
Brunswick Lane Machines that can be programmed (one for each side of the
house). Since the league raps around on to 4 lanes on the other side of
the house, where I bowled tonight, 4 teams had to tough it out tonight.


Actually, when I mentioned it during warm-ups that we had the U.S. Open
pattern everyone looked at me wondering how I could tell. It played
exactly like the TV pair on Sunday during the U.S. Open. And at the end
of the night I saw the laneman redoing the lanes so the St. John's
College Team could practice and I mentioned it to him. And he stated
that I was right because the lane machine was set for program #4, which
he mantioned was the U.S. Open Pattern (2006) used by the PBA. My team
was amazed that I was right for a change.


Anyway, I bowled 159, 175, 186 (520) and dropped my average to 199. I
was 80 pins under average for the night. As for our team we were 102
pins per game below our team average (742). We did go 7-4 with the points.

Another thing, anyone who wants to bowl in a Sport League, etc., and
wants tough conditions there is no question you don't mind a lot of pain
and suffering. This was one of the most draining nights that we bowled
this year. Anyone who would want to do this week after week I take my
hat off to them. This is not my cut of tea. I would also note that I
bowled on the 2003 US Open pattern a couple of years ago. They used it
in a local tournament and put it out in open bowling for practice. I
bowled a little better on that shot (175 and 185 average).


Joe Z





 
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