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Sunnyside bowler cashes at CWO tourney

KENNEWICK - Averaging 221 in the six-game qualifying block, sixth best from the 68-bowler field, Sunnyside's Rob Rice qualified for yet another Central Washington Open finals spot this past Sunday.

In the finals, though, Rice's momentum swooned a bit, as he fell from the No. 6 qualifier to 16th place overall. Rice could only muster a 192.5 average through the four trophy-round games. Even more damaging to improving on his No. 6 seeding heading into the finals was the lack of any bonus pins. The head-to-head match-ups in the finals offer 30 bonus pins for each victory.

For his 16th place efforts, Rice walked away with $120 in prize money.

Rice, the owner of Valley Lanes in Sunnyside and a PBA regional bowler, was one of five competitors from the Sunnyside area who turned out this past Sunday at Kennewick's Sparetime Lanes for the Central Washington Open tourney. He was the only one of the five bowlers to cash.

Rice opened the six-game qualifying block with a 669 three-game series (235-247-187). He struggled a bit in games four and five, rolling a 208 and 173, but rebounded in game six with a slick 278, the third highest game on the day.

The overall winner this past Sunday was Andrew Groves of Spokane. The No. 8 seed into the finals, Groves won all four of his head-to-head match-ups in the finals, worth 120 bonus pins, finishing with an overall pinfall of 2345 for the 10 games combined. Groves earned a paycheck of $680.

The second highest finisher from the Sunnyside area was Rob Colley. He placed 29th overall on efforts of 168-262-164-210-189-186.

Brandon Rice, Rob's son and a former member of the WSU men's bowling team, was 46th from the 68-person field. He averaged 187 in the six-game qualifying block, his high game being a 225 and his low a 151.

The Sunnyside-area brother and sister duo of Jamie Corbus and Christie Cromwell finished in 50th and 53rd place, respectively. Corbus averaged 185 in the qualifying round, and Cromwell averaged 183.

The next Central Washington Open tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24, at Connell's Town & Country Lanes.

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