The Linds Lakers have been one of the best groups in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history.
Matt McNiel has authored one of the most dominant starts to an Open Championships career in the 108-year history of the tournament.
Now they're coming together to make a formidable group even tougher.
A headline at mnbowling.com reported the news, which I confirmed with Sam Lantto of the Linds Lakers and McNiel.
USBC Hall of Famer Todd Savoy also will be rejoining the two-team group next year after bowling with his son this year.
Lantto said in an email Wednesday that the two Linds Lakers teams in 2012 will include himself, Savoy, McNiel, John Eiss, Luke Voaklander, Gary Green, Chuck Vashaw, Dave Hoppenrath, Scott Sodergren, and captain Tom Corbett.
McNiel said in a Facebook message that "I am very excited to bowl with the team. I think we have a great chance at next years USBC to do well."
That's an understatement!
McNiel this year made a run at winning the all-events for the second straight year (as I blogged on here and here), while Linds Lakers had a solid 3,300-plus in team and took the team all-events lead with 10,076 (as I blogged here), which stands second with about 10 days left in the tournament.
[ Correction: This article was changed to correct the captain of the Linds Lakers. It is Tom Corbett, not Sam Lantto as originally reported. ]