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Bowling notebook: Huntington handicap event gets later date

January 20, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON - There will be a Huntington USBC Championship Handicap Tournament this season. It’s just coming later on the schedule. Dates are May 4-5 at Strike Zone Bowling Center with two shifts each day. Details are still being worked out.

May 11-12 was a possibility, but May 12 is Mother’s Day. Ray Clarke has a big junior tournament scheduled at Strike Zone on May 19.

Huntington USBC board President Kim Chapman said Strike Zone proprietor Mike Prater gave the board an offer it couldn’t refuse. Since it’s late in the season, there will be no charge for tournament lineage. All entry-fee money will go into the prize fund. With a good turnout, that fund could be up there.

Chapman said she appreciates Prater working to make the big event possible. “We’ll take it and see how it goes,” she said.

“It makes sense,” Prater said. “Leagues are just finishing up. We’ve got everything we need right here (averages).”

The City Tournament usually is held in late January/early February, but with Huntington down to one center, time then was difficult to find. Strike Zone has heavy league play Sunday through Thursday. Open bowling fills the center Friday and Saturday.

Just speculating, if the Huntington USBC board charges $60 ($20 per event) and attracts 40 four-person teams, that’s a purse of $9,600. That’s not counting added money. And then there’s the brackets and specials. Could be a lot of green out there to be won. The more participants, the more money in the prize fund.

ONE TEAM HAS ALL: The shot is much tougher this season in the Storm Eastern Heights Men’s League at Strike Zone. There have been four perfect games, and one team has all four. Terry Turner II shot one, Tommy Kalb two and Chris Priode one. Kalb got his second of the season and Priode his first Monday.

ANOTHER 900: Jonathan Wilbur is the latest bowler to shoot a dream 900 series. He racked up 36 straight strikes during play Monday in the Commercial Men’s League at Rutland Bowlerama, one of 11 USBC-certified centers in Vermont. He reclaims the Green Mountain State’s high series honor. The previous series high was 889 by Todd Lathop in 2012 on games of 300-289-300. Wilbur’s previous high was 888 in 2004.

Wilbur, a righty who is 36, is the 34th bowler overall to record a 900 series. His achievement is pending approval from the USBC.

BUTTURFF CLOSES DEAL: Jakob Butturff finally won from the No. 1 seed position. The lefty broke through last Sunday with a 267-201 win over No. 3 qualifier Jesper Svennson in the title match in the PBA Oklahoma Open, the second stop on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season shown live on FS1. Butturff joined Hall of Famers Earl Anthony, Johnny Petraglia and Walter Ray Williams Jr. as the only players to earn a top seed for the stepladder finals in three consecutive PBA Tour telecasts.

WAY TO GO: Tammy Wells fired games of 247-244-237 for a 728 series in the Industrial Management League at Strike Zone Bowling Center.

COME ON DOWN: There are openings for senior bowlers on Monday and Friday at Strike Zone. Call 304-733-2695 if interested.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. Email him at bigdogdown@gmail.com.