HERMISTON, ORE. - Just a hair short, for both Rob Rice and Stacee Isaac...that best sums up the two bowlers' performances this past Sunday at a Central Washington Open (CWO) competition staged in Hermiston, Ore.
The one-day tourney drew a field of 60 of the Northwest's top keglers.
Rice and Isaac were two of the six Sunnyside-area bowlers who trekked across the state line to compete in the scratch event. The CWO competitions traditionally draw only those bowlers who average 190 or better in league play.
Rice, a regular performer on the PBA Northwest regional tour who has also competed in several national PBA events, averaged 215 through the six-game qualifying block this past Sunday. His qualifying games ranged from a high of 233 to a low of 181.
The 1291 total he accumulated in the qualifying block, unfortunately, came up just 19 pins shy of advancing him to the 14-person finals, leaving Rice sitting in 17th place.
Still, Rice's 17th place finish earned him a paycheck of $100.
For Isaac, one of only three women entered in Sunday's tournament, she walked away with a 21st place finish. Like Rice, though, she came up a hair short in reaching her goal of cashing. Only the top 20 finishers earned pay days.
Isaac's scores in the six-game qualifying block were 234-191-234-224-184-213.
Three spots back of Isaac was Rob Colley, a league regular at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes. He placed 24th by averaging 212 in the six-game qualifying block.
Also competing in the tourney from the Sunnyside area were Tanner Schaneman, 40th place with games of 215-214-179-212-189-193; Christie Cromwell, 48th place with games of 155-203-188-243-193-182; and Jamie Corbus, 51st place with games of 212-236-176-166-140-214.
Sunday's winner proved to be Jeff Britton of Kennewick. He earned a paycheck totaling $600. Runner-up was Sean Heath of Spokane, who earned $425.