52nd Champlain International Tournament

Posted by: SteveH

52nd Champlain International Tournament - 01/30/16 01:08 PM

Held at Champlain Lanes each year in Shelburne, Vermont, some updates this year.

52nd Champlain Tournament update: Shot being used this year will be a modified house shot leaning towards what USBC calls a white pattern

52nd Champlain International Tournament Update: because of the format change (3 per lane during singles and doubles) the lanes will be re-oiled before the team event.

Starts on March 19th this year


Site Link
http://champlainlanes.com/specials-2/tournaments/
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 01/30/16 04:22 PM

Appreciate the info. I'll be there April 9-10. Not a bad thing that they are using a pattern that is a step up from a THS. Barring any late roster changes 6 of the 10 of us going up there are left-handed, so there will be some breakdown in our team event for sure.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 01/30/16 09:42 PM

Should be good this year, appreciate the re-oiling. Not sure if I'll be in the right shape by then, but we'll give it a go. Trying to find a team to join because so far I'm only singles and doubles.
Posted by: Vic44

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/02/16 11:49 PM

Sounds like a good tourney. Anyway you could move Vermont closer to Colorado? smile Have fun guys.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/05/16 09:50 PM

I'd like to move it closer, but prefer about 1500 miles South LOL

Be nice to see a decent pattern
Posted by: Dylan585

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/05/16 10:23 PM

A friend and I are looking to come for singles and doubles and are looking for a team... I'm at 208 for average right now and he is at 230+... Anybody looking for 2 bowlers please let me know id be very interested
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/05/16 10:50 PM

I've been asking around lately to form a team, but many don't like the "oil"
LOL
Posted by: Dylan585

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/06/16 09:04 AM

Steve, you got 2 if you can find some more to do it
Posted by: 56bird

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/06/16 09:24 AM

I might be able to join depending on the date and could possibly find a joiner if needed.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 02/06/16 02:08 PM

That's the tougher part this year. Getting together on dates and times, and fitting it within the shortened seven-week schedule, two weeks less than last year.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/02/16 10:57 AM

Bowling team tomorrow on the fresh. This year they re-oil after doubles, ahead of teams. From what I heard, it's a bit heavy. 489 series for a 210 bowler this month. Higher-rev bowlers seem to be doing well.

I use the Storm Byte, Hy Road Pearl, and the Ride for our lighter house shot. Mostly, I gravitate to the Symmetrical balls at this house. Takes the hope for perfect shot out of the equation, and makes the transition easier. Transition starts in frame 2-3, Of The First Game:)

Tournament teams tomorrow, on a USBC White #2 pattern, different house. Lots of oil. Although I will bring the Ride in case, I have the Storm Crux and the Byte as my main balls. In this house, I'll probably use the Byte as my spare and 10-pin ball only.

In this house, I use the Vise Lift grips in the Crux. It's typically colder with less humidity here, and the ovals I normally use have my fingers swimming in them. The lifts allow my fingers to stay snug, and still be able to fit them in when they swell a bit.

I've never bowled on this surface, but looking at it, I'll probably be playing more right with my feet, better for my slower speed lower-rev style. Not my A-game for sure, and with five minutes of practice, I'll have to learn quickly.

Heading out to do some surface on the Crux today, rough it up a tad;)
Posted by: BowlerBill

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/02/16 02:25 PM

Originally Posted By: SteveH
Bowling team tomorrow on the fresh. This year they re-oil after doubles, ahead of teams. From what I heard, it's a bit heavy. 489 series for a 210 bowler this month. Higher-rev bowlers seem to be doing well.

I use the Storm Byte, Hy Road Pearl, and the Ride for our lighter house shot. Mostly, I gravitate to the Symmetrical balls at this house. Takes the hope for perfect shot out of the equation, and makes the transition easier. Transition starts in frame 2-3, Of The First Game:)

Tournament teams tomorrow, on a USBC White #2 pattern, different house. Lots of oil. Although I will bring the Ride in case, I have the Storm Crux and the Byte as my main balls. In this house, I'll probably use the Byte as my spare and 10-pin ball only.

In this house, I use the Vise Lift grips in the Crux. It's typically colder with less humidity here, and the ovals I normally use have my fingers swimming in them. The lifts allow my fingers to stay snug, and still be able to fit them in when they swell a bit.

I've never bowled on this surface, but looking at it, I'll probably be playing more right with my feet, better for my slower speed lower-rev style. Not my A-game for sure, and with five minutes of practice, I'll have to learn quickly.

Heading out to do some surface on the Crux today, rough it up a tad;)



Good luck SteveH. Yes, add surface to the ball. Don't be afraid to put 500 on it. Straighter can be greater and result in a good entry angle. Good luck.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/04/16 09:10 PM

My right shoulder is partially out. Not so much an excuse, I did bowl terribly. Not a tremendously difficult pattern, broke down in game 2 pretty well. No question it made you bowl accurately, or punished you with splits and ten pins. Enjoyed it immensely.

Just a bad effort for me. Going to get the shoulder put back in the socket this week. LOL I hate getting old.
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/09/16 07:09 PM

Bowled teams and doubles today. Our whole group struggled with the shot. It was pretty bad and didn't break down enough. If you played outside the ball went 60 feet without changing directions and if you got it outside of 5 possibly right into the channel. If you played further in around the track area the ball hooked too much. Tried several ball changes, nothing really worked too well.

Shot only 489 in teams but did improve in doubles after a 157 first game with 202 and 210 to end the day. Used my High Flare Solid l, slowed my ball speed and came around it more. Still, there was very little room for error. Had to keep it pretty straight up 8/9. A two board miss outside was a washout. There was a tad bit of hold inside.

Singles tomorrow hopefully I can make enough good shots where I can come away with a decent series to end it. Going to really be almost impossible to cash though given my 223 average.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/09/16 11:12 PM

Tough go. The weather has a bit to do with it too. You'll be on the fresh for 9 am singles, with little breakdown at all. Basically, it plays well between 7 and 12. Accuracy really counts.

We do singles and doubles next Sunday, have to get my shoulder popped in for that.

Maybe I'll buzz down the street tomorrow and watch.
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/10/16 10:46 AM

Thanks Steve. Tried to play around the 2nd arrow this.morning and keep it straight. Also took two of my balls down to 500 before we started. Managed 200,171,185. Thought I had a decent look in game 1 but I played as tight as the lanes and didn't get comfortable. Wasn't really warmed up either. I think 5 minutes of practice is not enough for 6 on a pair. Managed enough strikes to pull out a double in the 10th. 2nd game lost my reaction. Switched to my Arson High Flare and went back to what I did yesterday. Hit pocket but couldn't carry. Game 3 I moved way outside and threw it almost straight into the pocket. Managed a late triple but a 10th frame washout ended my day.

Good luck with your shoulder and hope you do better than me next weekend.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/10/16 12:19 PM

Many of us wished we could do that pattern during league, surprisingly, many do not:)

Woke up late this morning. Not bad games today, it is very hard to find that one line there. I used my Crux, hand-sanded to 2000. It worked well, I just bowled poorly.

This pattern shows league bowlers they aren't as good as they think. With your talent, I'm sure you could adapt to it much better than myself. I need to get this old body in shape, and practice more.
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/10/16 05:26 PM

Originally Posted By: SteveH
Many of us wished we could do that pattern during league, surprisingly, many do not:)

Woke up late this morning. Not bad games today, it is very hard to find that one line there. I used my Crux, hand-sanded to 2000. It worked well, I just bowled poorly.

This pattern shows league bowlers they aren't as good as they think. With your talent, I'm sure you could adapt to it much better than myself. I need to get this old body in shape, and practice more.

I appreciate that. I do also agree about this pattern being a reality check for league bowlers, myself included. I also need to go back and work on my game more. I do think we are spoiled sometimes by the house shot and it doesn't prepare us at all for this. For me I can stay pretty much behind it, throw it as fast as I want, and find friction all day from the outside but there even the driest boards had 240ml of oil. For the tweeners/crankers even the house shot allows them to throw it to the outside and get away with swinging it much more than they should. Gotta really work on being able to come around it more and watching my speed. Probably need to start practicing on the deeper part of the house shot and maybe work with a coach. That will help me prepare better for these tourneys.

I plan on being back next year so hopefully will see you then.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/10/16 07:43 PM

We do league there on Wednesdays. A very nice shot, they protect the outside, although lefties have it easier wink

No question I'm throwing slower there in league, and trying to be more accurate. The young guns can still fire it in and watch them spin, but it's a good shot. I need better glasses for bowling now, I find I can't really see my downlane mark anymore, not that I would ever actually hit it anyway lol
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/18/16 09:05 AM

540 singles

193/221/207 doubles for a 621

Left some pins on the lane as they say.

Crux all six games.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/19/16 12:32 AM

Tony Bennett and Brian Gaskill, both of whom I know, are on the team that took over both team leads over the weekend. Bennett's had a 300 game @ nationals, and Gaskill's a member of Shannon O'Keefe's nationals group. smile
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/19/16 01:53 PM

I also didn't see that Tony Bennett was leading all-events until after I posted my last post.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/19/16 09:24 PM

Haven't looked at the board, good scores?
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/19/16 10:23 PM

Bennett had a 2,151 all-events and his team shot 3,464, so probably not anything earth-shattering. Andy Bean does have an 802 to lead scratch singles, though.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/21/16 12:45 PM

Wanted to ask, Steve, do you bowl the Green Mountain Open in Rutland, as well? Just curious.

I did add links for both the Champlain and the Green Mountain Open, as well as the Lilac City Tournament in Rochester, NY, to my blog last night. smile
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 52nd Champlain International Tournament - 04/23/16 11:07 AM

Nope never been. Last year this was my first tournament ever. Like to do more as time allows.