YAKIMA - Sunnyside's Rob Rice topped the competition at a Central Washington Open bowling tournament hosted by Yakima's Minda Lanes this past Sunday.
Central Washington Open tourneys, held monthly, traditionally draw in bowlers who average 190 or better in league play.
In Sunday's six-game qualifying block, Rice turned in the third highest pinfall from the 48-person field. The top 16 bowlers advanced to the four-game finals, where they competed one-on-one and were able to pick up 30 bonus pins for each victory.
Rice, the owner of Sunnyside's Valley Lanes and a member of the PBA, averaged 221 in the six-game qualifying block last Sunday. His 1,326 pinfall included games of 214-247-201-238-191-235.
In the four-game finals Rice picked up another 1,006 pins, giving him a total pinfall on the day of 2,332, which was 54 pins higher than the runner-up, Spokane's Sean Heath.
In capturing first-place honors, Rice earned a payday of $480.
The top qualifier in the opening six-game block proved to be Yakima's Dan Gilcher, who shot games of 247-234-243-235-192-277. Gilcher, though, lost momentum in the four-game finals and faded to third.
Also cashing in Sunday's tournament was Sunnyside's Tanner Schaneman. He finished in ninth place and earned a check for $135. Schaneman advanced to the finals as the No. 10 seed from the qualifying block, where he shot games of 213-266-201-202-181-173. He finished the day with a total pinfall of 2,128.
Five other Sunnyside-area bowlers also competed in Sunday's Central Washington Open. They included Derek Colley, 21st place with games of 255-166-162-210-203-170; Jon Cox, 25th place with games of 212-204-154-204-210-176; Brandon Rice, 26th place with games of 207-203-199-179-183-172; Stacee Isaac, 36th place with games of 190-148-171-158-211-160; and David Conradt, 39th place with games of 167-154-189-159-205-148.