OK, so its not my first tournament and its not my worst tournament showing, but I've got to share.
City Open, yesterday there was one squad, and we had a team shoot one game (4 man team) 1062. They were all fantastic bowlers, but on their pair 257 was low. So its a house shot. One 300 game (not on the aforementioned pair). We are anticipating high scores for the tournament.
Today they have two squads an 11:00 and 3:00. They re-oil for the second squad but only oil about to the splice beyond the arrows. No stripping. And this action is debated in the tournament committee room. So they oil, but don't strip for the 3:00 squad I'm on. I have never bowled at this house, even though its within out association. Its a good 45 min away from home. So I have no pre conceived notions about it. Our second division team is bowling with a first division team. 4 man they come in at 908. These are good bowlers. The house shot apparently is NOT over 10 board or right of 10 board because that's very oily. All players on our pair experienced the out of bounds and no one shot over 210 that first game. I was in the 150s. Now you have to take into account that the team we were bowling with had all 220+ bowlers and one 240 bowler.
The house shot was not 10 board for this day! So we moved in. And I followed the better bowlers. Like following an 18 wheeler in a snow storm on the highway, I put my ball wherever they put theirs. I just moved my feet accordingly to play where they were. Which put my ball about 14. Mind you the pocket is at 17 or 18 so that's only 3 boards of hook.
Second game I shot 215, which was high on my team. Next game we had some social confrontation, which distracted everyone. And violated USBC rule 17b. I was way inside along with most everyone else on our pair. While the rest of the house didn't seem to be playing this line at all. Even the 908 team wondered why their pair was playing so differently. Though they played it magnificiently. Third game I got bit by the typical splits playing inside gives me. That being the 5,7 (which I picked up), the 8, 10 and the 4, 5. So I had a 193 the third game. This took me way out of the brackets, due to the 150 game. Plus everyone on our pair was out of the competition. None of the bowlers on the 908 team shot their avearge.
This is a house shot! And only one person on our pair shot their average and we had 6 out of 8 players over 200 average. No honor scores today at all, in either squad. It was a house shot. For those that think a house shot is too easy, I'd like to see you cash on this.
OH well, its another day of bowling. We have doubles/singles next weekend at another house. Another day.
PS Leanne Barrett was using the new Total NV. She shot 783 in team (yesterday), just missing the special Ebonite award for anyone shooting 800 in sanctioned play with the new Total NV. I'm hoping in her doubles/singles house (where she bowls the Steve Cook Classic league) she'll hit 800 and get the award.