RICHLAND - Some days the shot is there, others the pocket is nowhere to be found.
It was the latter for five doubles pairs from the Sunnyside area this past Sunday at a Central Washington Open bowling competition staged at Richland's Atomic Lanes.
Of the 49 two-person teams competing Sunday, the best finish by a Sunnyside squad came from the father-son duo of Rob and Brandon Rice. Together, the pair finished the six-game qualifying block with a 2468 total.
The Rice's placed 19th from the 49-team field, three spots back of the cut line to advance on to the finals.
The elder of the Rice's, a PBA regional professional and owner of Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, averaged 215.67 in the six qualifying games. The younger Rice, a former member of the WSU men's bowling team, averaged 209.75 through the first four qualifying games. Game five for the young bowler was a different story, however, as he could only muster a 131. That basically ended the pair's quest to qualify for the finals.
To his credit, the younger of the two men bounced back in the sixth qualifying game to roll a 204.
When the totals were calculated, the pair finished the six-game opening block with a 2468, just 27 pins shy of moving on to the money round.
Right on the Rices' heels, one spot back in 20th place, was the Sunnyside-area duo of Chuck Curtiss and Chris Guy. The two keglers tallied a 2460. Guy had the hottest hand of the two, averaging 213.5 on efforts of 202-196-246-210-226-201. Curtiss averaged 196.6 on games of 201-179-186-168-218-227.
Turning in the third best performance on the day from among the five Sunnyside-area teams was the duo of Joseph LaClair and Tanner Schaneman. The pair tallied a 2381 for 32nd place honors. LaClair and Schaneman basically mirrored each other's performances, as LaClair averaged 198.15 for the six qualifying games and Schaneman averaged 198.67.
Also competing from the Sunnyside area were the teams of Rob Colley and Joe Contreras, 40th place with a 2232 total; and Stacee Isaac and David Conradt, 45th place with a 2145 score.
The next Central Washington Open competition, open to scratch bowlers who normally average 190 or better in league play, is Sunday, Jan. 3, at Sparetime Lanes in Kennewick.