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Wenatchee 'lefty' tops 41-bowler field in Sunnyside Sunday

Wenatchee bowler Barry Tate took advantage of the seldom used left-hand side of the lanes to win the November edition of the Central Washington Open, hosted this past Sunday by Sunnyside's Valley Lanes.

Tate, a lefty, swept into town and made off with the first place prize, thanks to averaging 234 over the 10 games of the tourney. His scores ranged from a high of 258 to a low of 200.

In the four-game finals, which featured the top 12 qualifiers from the opening six-game block, Tate lost his opening match - and the accompanying 30 bonus pins for picking up a victory - to the eventual seventh place finishing Rob Cline of Spokane, 205-200. After that, Tate ran off three straight finals victories-a 255-223 win over sixth place finishing Gary Walls of Kennewick, and a pair of 237-226 and 255-245 decisions over the eventual runner-up, Matt Olsen of Spokane.

Tate's total tourney pinfall, including the bonus 90 pins he earned in the finals, came to a 2,436 tally. That was 59 pins more than the runner-up Olsen managed.

Of the eight "house" bowlers who competed Sunday, none qualified to move on to the final four-game block. The top local finisher was Valley Lanes owner and PBA regional bowler Rob Rice. He missed the finals cut by just 13 pins, averaging 216 for his six games.

Rice was the tournament leader after the first game, rolling a 265. That score stood up as the eighth highest game on the day. He cooled off with a pair of 205's in the next two games before rallying with a 236. Rice was still in the hunt for a finals spot when he tossed a 204 in game five, but a closing 182 prevented him from advancing to the money round.

Rice's eventual downfall, he related, was chopping off two pins on a bucket leave spare attempt late in the sixth game. That unsuccessful conversion attempt left him with a 16th place finish from the 41-person field.

The next highest finish from a Valley Lanes regular was claimed by Mitch Cruz. A regular on the Central Washington Open tour, Cruz averaged 215 his six games, placing 18th overall. Cruz topped the 200-mark in five of his six games, including a 254 in the second game, but a 168 in game three doomed him to miss the finals cut by a mere 17 pins.

Valley Lanes employee Derek Colley notched the third highest finish from among the local entries. Colley, 20th overall, averaged 210 for his six games, and missed advancing to the finals by 47 pins. Colley's top game was a 258, with his low being a 182.

Sunnyside's Brandon Rice and Grandview's Adam Dorsey-both members of the Washington State University men's bowling team-placed 25th and 32nd overall, respectively. Rice averaged 206 and Dorsey managed a 198 average throughout the course of the day.

The three other local bowlers who competed Sunday included Chuck Curtiss, 31st with a 199 average; Jamie Corbus, 37th with a 194 average; and Chad Pierce, 41st with a 174 average.

The tournament's 12 finalists and their order of finish, along with their total pinfall, were Barry Tate of Wenatchee (2,436), Matt Olsen of Spokane (2,377), Jim Cochran of Kennewick (2,363), Mike Saville of Spokane (2,307), Roger Lehman of Kennewick (2,296), Gary Walls of Kennewick (2,279), Rob Cline of Spokane (2,274), Michael Postlewait of College Place (2,255), Chris Bailey of Yakima (2,202), Ed Samuelson of Kennewick (2,163), Patty Wolk of Kennewick (2,150) and Tom Richardson of Richland (2,119).

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