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#173088 - 11/16/12 04:08 PM 2013 USBC Masters
Joe Bowler Offline
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Registered: 04/09/09
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I registered today for the 2013 USBC Masters. I will get a sample of the pattern this weekend at a local tournament. After that, the hard part will be waiting till February. Carolier Lanes is about a 4-hour drive from my home, so I am planning to stay in North Brunswick, NJ, for the week. This will be the third tournament I have bowled at Carolier Lanes, but nothing on such a grand scale as the Masters. I am looking forward to the experience.
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#173091 - 11/16/12 05:06 PM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
champ Offline
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Registered: 11/30/10
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A/S/L: 32/M/AZ
Of all the tournaments in bowling, the Masters tournaments are my favorite. I enjoy the double elimination matchplay brackets, and how most formats use multiple game matches. I'm looking forward to bowling my city Masters tournament this year. Here in Tucson, our city Masters is held in very high regard. It may be a few years before I feel like making a big travel to participate in the USBC Masters, but I will someday in the near future.
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#173513 - 11/30/12 08:04 AM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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I just got a copy of the 2013 USBC Masters roster so far. It's gonna be fun crossing lanes with:
Brad Angelo
Parker Bohn III
Ryan Ciminelli
Osku Palermaa
Sean Rash
Mike Scroggins
Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
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#173517 - 11/30/12 10:04 AM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
Mark B Offline
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Registered: 12/13/11
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A/S/L: 37 M Rochester NY
Wow Joe, that sounds like a awesome experience.
Good luck! and take some pics of you with some of those names you mentioned.

-Mark
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#174210 - 12/20/12 06:05 PM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
Dan300 Offline
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Good luck Joe! I'm going to be moving into the bigger tournament territory probably in 2014. Like you I'm looking forward to the experience.
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#174212 - 12/20/12 06:14 PM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
champ Offline
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I've got the itch to bowl something big. If I had the money for travel, I'd be very tempted to enter. Sounds like an awesome experience. I'll definitely be there the next time they have it at the stadium.
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#174221 - 12/21/12 03:09 AM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: champ]
FruitFly Offline
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Registered: 03/23/11
Posts: 262
A/S/L: 29/M/Kiel, Germany
Oh how I envy you!
Show those old dogs some tricks smile
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#174222 - 12/21/12 06:21 AM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
10PinGaloot Offline
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I know you can do it, JB.

I saw the local Masters in Detroit when I was there. For top finishers it was grueling, not physically but mentally.

Match play went on all day the second day. Folks would bowl a 700+ series and lose.

Then came the final match. The guy who came in second threw a 299 / 800 series just before he went on to the final match play that determined the winner.

In other words, the winner plays his best in every game in every match during match play, or he goes home.

No pressure....
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#174224 - 12/21/12 09:40 AM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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Registered: 04/09/09
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Thank you for your support. No pressure. My attitude going into this tournament is not so much this is my chance to bowl against the best bowlers in the world. I know that their knowledge, skill, and experience far exceed mine. It is more like this is my chance to bowl with the best bowlers in the world. If I were to make the qualifying round, and win a few matches, that would all be a bonus. Making the TV finals would be a dream come true.

Still, I plan to do my best. Once on the approach, it will be business as usual. One ball at a time. Strike or figure out how to get the next ball to strike. Make the spares. Watch for signs of transition. That will be my focus, and whatever happens, happens. I am okay with knowing that in the worst case scenario, I will get to bowl 15 games with the best bowlers in the world, and watch and learn the rest of the week. And, in the best case scenario, I could surpass everybody's expectations, win $50K, and have my 15 minutes of fame. We'll see...*turns on Rocky soundtrack*... smile

A few things I am doing in preparation are focusing on diet and exercise, particularly stretching. And, I am bowling tournaments and/or practicing every weekend. I am planning to take 6 balls with me, and have some decisions to make which ones to bring. I am considering an all Motiv lineup. After rolling the Raptor P7, I have been taking a closer look at their core/cover technology, and liking what I see. There are 4 balls on my bench waiting to be drilled and tested this weekend, and 2 more on the way.
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#175189 - 01/17/13 06:04 AM Re: 2013 USBC Masters [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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Registered: 04/09/09
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One more month to go. A few more names that I recognize have been added to the roster:
Joe Biscardi
Tom Daugherty
Mike Edwards
Mike Fagan
Martin Larsen
Chris Loschetter
Amletto Monacelli
Danny Wiseman

I am happy to have all of my equipment ready now along with a general lane play strategy. Other incidentals include dress pants and my name embroidered on a collared shirt. I am used to bowling in shorts, sweats, and T-shirts, so it took some shopping around. I found the most comfortable dress pants for bowling to be in the golf section at a sporting goods store. What, no bowling attire section?! Hehe, maybe someday. smile

Also, I wanted to be able to touch up the surface on my equipment while I am there, but really did not want to bring my spinner. I am already planning to have 10 bowling balls in the car. So, I found a bowling ball cup mounted on ball bearings that should help get the job done and be much more portable. http://www.polishyourball.com/Ball_Holders.html

I have tournaments lined up almost every weekend leading up to the USBC Masters. I have been doing well so far, and that has given me a boost in confidence. Only 4 more weeks to go...

Btw, there is a Win-A-Spot tournament on 1/23 at the host bowling center, Carolier Lanes. For anybody interested, there is a $55 entry fee, and 1 in 10 entries will receive an entry to the 2013 USBC Masters tournament. http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/masters/2013/win_a_spot_entry_form.pdf
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House: 239
Sport: 210

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Medium: IQ Tour, Tour SiC, Tag
Light: Spare+, Tank, Rebel Tank
Spares: WD

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