Southwest Michigan USBC concludes City Tournament

Gerald Price (left) and Dave Scheuer (right) shot 1521 at Coloma Lanes to capture first place in the Southwest Michigan USBC Open Division Doubles Championship.
Southwest Michigan USBC Open Singles Championship belonged to Neil Vitale shooting 838 with handicap. Vitale had scratch games of 256, 279 and 258.

Southwest Michigan USBC concludes City Tournament

By Tom O’Neill

          Holding its first combined City Bowling Championship, the Southwest Michigan USBC announced the winners of the Doubles, Singles and All-Event titles held at Coloma Lanes, November 10 and 11.

            Gerald Price and Dave Scheuer won the Open Division Doubles, shooting 1439 scratch. Adding their 82 pins handicap the total was 1521. Brad Flowers and Brad Hamilton finished 65 pins behind at 1456 with Dae Dae Coleman and Matt Ohst third at 1449. First place was worth $600.

            Price shot a scratch series of 745 with games of 279, 256 and 210. Scheuer shot 694 with games of 257, 222 and 218. Hamilton’s high game was 268 while Flowers shot 237, 238, 238. Coleman, who finished on the first and second place teams in the Team Event, had a 678 series.

            Amanda Hinkel and Erika Gulliver captured the Women’s Division Doubles Title with a 1313 handicap series. Gulliver shot 213 in her third game for a 519 series. Hinkle had 338. Second and third place was decided by two pins. Pam Head shot 605 with games of 204, 235 and 166 and Gladys Hunter 447. The team received 231 pins handicap for 1283. Two pins behind with 1281 were Katherine Lange and Rachel Thurman.  Lange had 531 and Thurman 413 with 377 pins added for handicap.


            Neil Vitale captured the Open Singles Title and $300 first prize. Vitale, bowling on Sunday, shot 256,279 and 258 for 793 scratch. He received 45 pins handicap for 838. Cory Broadhurst finished second, shooting 790 with handicap followed by Amber Fleisher’s 736 with handicap.

            In the Women’s Division, Lakeside Entertainment’s Michelle Morris took home the $300 first prize, shooting 702 with handicap. Morris had games of 149, 170 and 197 for 506 scratch. Brenda Webster grabbed second with 675, including a 244 high game. Amanda Hinkel was third, shooting 667 with handicap.

All Events

            The Open Division, the combination of Team, Doubles and Singles was won by Victor Clark of South HavenClark shot 2249 with handicap. Clark had scratch series of 673, 681 and 646. Justin Hosier was second with 2223, scoring 654, 683 and 538 and singles champion, Neil Vitale was third with 2159 shooting 602,623 and 793 scratch.

            Amanda Hinkel, also from South Haven’s Lakeside Entertainment, took first in the Women’s Division shooting 2053 with handicap. Her scratch scores were 318, 327 and 388. Sue Holland claimed second with 2039, scoring 650, 495 and 546 scratch.  Wendy Moore was third with 1941. Her scratch scores were 481, 396 and 443.

Forty-two doubles teams competed in the Open Division and 25 Women’s teams in that division.