Sixty-two of the Pacific Northwest's most skilled bowlers converged in Sunnyside this past Sunday for a Central Washington Open competition. In the end it was a Spokane kegler, Mike Saville, who walked away with top honors.
For his efforts, Saville earned a payday of $620.
Of the 62 bowlers competing at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, seven hail from the Lower Valley area. The top finisher from among the seven proved to be Derek Colley.
Averaging 215.5 through the six-game qualifying block, Colley advanced as the No. 8 seed to the 16-man finals. The manager of the local bowling establishment, Colley cooled off considerably in the four head-to-head match-ups, however, falling from the eighth spot to a final 13th place showing.
To his credit, Colley, who averaged just 189 in those four position round contests, did defeat two of the four opponents he faced, which was worth 60 bonus pins.
In placing 13th overall, Colley earned a paycheck of $135.
The only other local bowler to qualify for the finals Sunday was Valley Lanes owner, and PBA regional professional, Rob Rice. He advanced to the four position round matches by averaging 214.8 in the six qualifying round games, 11th best from among the 62-person field.
In the finals, Rice tallied a four-game 808 series. Each head-to-head match-up, though, went to his opponent, leaving him with no bonus pins to apply to his total pinfall. That resulted in him slipping from the No. 11 seed to a final 15th place finish, worth $125.
In garnering Sunday's Central Washington Open title, Saville led wire-to-wire. The Spokane athlete topped all bowlers in the six-game qualifying round, averaging 233.3, to earn the No. 1 seed into the finals. There, he won three of the four head-to-head contests, worth 90 bonus pins, by averaging 217 and change.
Saville's final pinfall of 2,361 was 54 pins ahead of the eventual runner-up, Jim Cochran of Kennewick, who entered the finals as the No. 12 seed from the qualifying round.
Former Sunnysider Brad Morrow, now a Pasco resident, also advanced to the finals Sunday. He earned the No. 15 seed in the qualifying round by averaging 213.8. Morrow moved up in the finals to a final placing of 10th and a $150 paycheck.
Grandview's Christie Cromwell, one of only two women among the 62 competitors, narrowly missed out on one of the 16 finals spots. She averaged 232.2 through the first four qualifying games on efforts of 224-224-202-279. Poised to make the finals as the No. 1 seed, Cromwell faltered down the stretch, however, and closed out the qualifying round with games of 170-129. That left her with a 204.7 average in the qualifying round, good for 25th place honors overall.
Other Lower Valley bowlers who competed Sunday included Tanner Schaneman, 40th place (192-203-203-173-179-205); Jamie Corbus, 41st place (186-191-232-225-142-177); David Conradt, 51st place (221-188-192-179-180-127); and Stacee Isaac, 53rd place (158-192-196-170-187-170).
The next Central Washington Open competition is slated for Sunday, Dec. 6, at Richland's Atomic Lanes.
In the money
Mike Saville (Spokane) 2,361
Jim Cochran (Kennewick) 2,307
Joe Reyburn (Pasco) 2,283
Jason Conrow (CD, Idaho) 2,283
Evan Nash (Kennewick) 2,232
Chad Dudley (Spokane) 2,229
Sean Heath (Spokane) 2,223
Rich B'hausen (Spokane) 2,183
Elray Compo (Yakima) 2,176
Brad Morrow (Pasco) 2,156
Jeff Britton (Kennewick) 2,139
Dave Blades (Wenatchee) 2,136
Derek Colley (Sunnyside) 2,111
Matt Olsen (Spokane) 2,104
Rob Rice (Sunnyside) 2,097
Chris Bailey (Yakima) 1,970
Dave Gifford (Kennewick) 1,276
Don Bautch (Yakima) 1,268
Chad Demmitt (Omak) 1,264
Les Speck (Moses Lake) 1,262