Well, this past Sunday I bowled in the 6-gamer at Forest Lanes, about 30 min south of me in Orange County. It was well worth the drive to gain some much needed tournament experience. I had bowled this tournament a few months back, but kept running into different things on the weekends that it was scheduled on for the past three months which prevented me from getting down there.
Anyway, there was a pretty decent shot. The guy who runs the tournament told us when we came in that the lanes had been stripped and there was fresh oil on them. There was about 30 ft. of oil and the back ends were wide open. You could give the ball plenty of room and it was getting back to the pocket. Only problem was that with the flying backends, balls were losing lots of energy and there was a lot of tap.
My score was a +26, which doesn't sound great, but the last time I bowled it I shot a -97. My high game was 247, low game 181. My first three game block was a 603 and second was 623. I left a lot of single pins, mostly on the right side (6's and 10's). I made some pretty good adjustments and in the third game opened with the front 6 only to have our lanes break down for about 8 minutes and then promptly throwing my 7th ball through the nose for a 4-6-7 split and never quite recovering and shooting 235.
But all in all, I was more proud of myself for sticking with it the entire time. Some time ago, in the same situation where I'm making good shots and leaving a bunch of single pins, I'd have just given up. But I played every shot like I was still in the race. And shooting the last game, which was my 247, made it all the more worthwhile. Just a good feeling I can take with me to my next tournament and when I go back down there next month.
I also noticed that I didn't have any nerves on Sunday either, which is totally different from the first time I bowled that tournament. Even in league some nights, I get nervous right out the gate, but it wasn't there Sunday. Well, maybe I'm just getting more confident in myself, which is never a bad thing.
And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and possess unlimited knowledge, and have faith which could remove mountains; and have not charity, I am nothing - 1 Corinthians 13:2