If you know what you’re looking for in lane adjustments, bowling with an accomplished pro on your pair can be quite an advantage.
That was the case for Duanesburg’s Mike Drexel, who bowled with former PBA touring pro Brian LeClair throughout Sunday’s Northern Bowlers Association Stockade Open at Boulevard Bowl.
Drexel is without question one of the top three or four bowlers in the Capital Region, so he doesn’t need much help in terms of where to play on the lanes or what equipment to use. But he confirmed his lane adjustments by watching LeClair, and vice versa, and they finished 1-2 in the standings, despite coming off the pace.
Drexel finished with games of 258 and 234 for a five-game total of 1,160, just 13 pins ahead of LeClair. Top prize was $800. LeClair took home $425.
“I was playing the fourth or fifth arrow most of the day, and we were both playing the same part of the lane, for the most part,” said Drexel of he and LeClair. “I was actually bowling before Brian, so he got a read from me, as well. Both Brian and I know the motion of the ball that we’re looking for, so we can definitely confirm any changes we might be making by watching the other guy bowl.”
Drexel is a member of the
Ebonite bowling staff, so he always uses Ebonite equipment when he competes, but he didn’t have to make any ball changes on a day when most of the players were switching quite a bit.
“I used a Pearl Innovate the entire day. I only had to make some small adjustments, but I made them more with my hand position to get a little different rotation on the ball,” he said.
“My timing is getting back to where it needs to be. Normally, I don’t get my timing all the way back until January or so.”
Drexel opened with a 247 game to put himself in the thick of the battle behind Faragon (268) and Miseno (266), but he slipped to eighth with a 213 in his second game and then dropped to 10th with a 208. Miseno was the leader after the second game, and Wagoner was on top after game No. 3.
Most of the bowlers found that the lane conditions became much tighter as they moved from the low end to the high end of the house, and the scores dropped dramatically at the high end.
But Drexel’s big 258 game moved him into first place after the fourth game, and he was able to fend off LeClair in the finale.
Matt Fazzone shot a perfect game in game No. 2.
The NBA returns with the Holiday Classic Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Olympic Lanes in Menands. There will be both open and women’s divisions.
Cashers — Mike Drexel 1,160, $800; Brian LeClair 1,147, $425; Steve Wagoner 1,141, $300; Bill Pulver 1,126, $200; Bob Faragon 1,110, $160; Mike Miseno 1,108, $140; Craig Taylor 1,107, $120; Joe Mazuryk 1,080, $90; Nick Galusha 1,080, $90; Ed Gumm 1,070, $65; Craig Smith 1,070, $65.
Other results — John Riozzi 1,069, Matt Fazzone 1,064, Tim Banta 1,052, Gene Speenburgh 1,050, Nick Miseno 1,037, Mike DeGenero Jr. 1,037, Mike Bixler 1,035, Ed Czyzewski 1,033, Willy Lattimore 1,026, Nunzi Manuli 1,025, Russ Hunter 1,010, Ryan Sickler 1,003, Tim Hunt 992, Tom Reed 990, Chris Smith 983, Matt Barkman 983, Eric Stangle 980, Sonny Dorstek 980, Dan Furman 977, Dan Kryzak 976, Mike Pierce 970, Mike Pfau 967, Tom Earl 964, John Pulver 954, Terry Ray 947, Mark James 947, Mike Neumann 944, Al Roth 933, Dave Bingham 932, Ed Moran 928, B.J. Smith 919, Tom Harter 918, R.J. Martinez 902, Al Anderson Jr. 893, Travis Heaphy 882.