Tonight when I bowled in my handicap mixed league the house laneman
Date: 22 Feb 2006 00:21:46|
From: Joe Zachar
Subject: U.S. Open Lane Pattern - Reality Check.
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).