WALLA WALLA - The father and son duo of Rob and Brandon Rice earned second and third-place finishes, respectively, at the most recent Central Washington Open bowling competition.
Competing at Walla Walla's Stardust Lanes, the elder Rice collected a pay day of $290 for his runner-up efforts. The younger Rice earned a check for $220 for placing third.
Central Washington Open tournaments traditionally draw bowlers who average 190 and higher in league play.
The top finisher in Walla Walla proved to be Kennewick's Jeff Britton. His payout was for $375.
In advancing to the four-game finals in Walla Walla, the oldest of the Rice's was the No. 2 qualifier from the 28-bowler field. A regional PBA member who also happens to be the proprietor of Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, he tossed games of 219-196-234-156-188-201 in the six-game qualifying block.
The younger Rice, a Sunnyside High grad who went on to earn a spot on the WSU men's bowling team, advanced to the tournament finals by tallying the fourth highest pinfall in the qualifying round. His six preliminary games were 199-190-205-203-184-192.
Two other bowlers from the Lower Yakima Valley also competed in Walla Walla, although neither qualified for the finals. They were Tanner Schaneman, who placed 19th overall with a 172 average in the six qualifying games; and Gabe Rodriguez, 25th overall with a 166 average.