Kretzer bowled great the whole event. He shot a great 258 game against Traber in Game 1, but Traber had 269. After that, Traber just was unstoppable. Traber was just throwing bullets up the 4 board and was pounding the pocker. Kretzer is a more traditional bowler in the fact sense that he hooks the ball and is more sensitive to lane changes, so he had to make more adjustments than Traber did. Still, I bet if you asked Brian he will say that he should have shot better than he did.
There were many exciting matches, the most exciting was probably Norm Duke vs. Chris Collins. They tied twice in the six games. One of ties came when Duke needed a strike to win and left a SLAM pocket 8-pin. Duke won the rolloff 10-9. THen they tied at 257 the final match, with Collins striking out in the tenth to force Duke to do the same to tie, which he did. Collins left a solid 10-pin in the one-ball rolloff (there were a TON of 10-pins this week, I think I said) and Duke struck again for the win.
Chris Barnes shot 211 to force Brian Himmler to get 2 strikes to stay alive. Himmler threw the first one, and then crushed a 9-pin on the second shot to give Chris a one-pin victory. Even Chris was shaking his head, realizing the great shot than Himmler threw. I was in the paddock a bit later and the two of them were talking and Barnes was very cordial and polite, realizing that he was fortunate and that he felt bad about winning in that manner (although he'll take it I'm sure).
Any other questions from anyone? I don't think I'll be going back anymore, but if I had to pick the 5 that are left I think will make the TV
show, I'll go with Duke, Pedersen (who is on a MAJOR roll), Jim Wallace, Rudy Revs and Pete Weber
Should be interesting at any rate.