Jason Couch sure isn't bowling like a guy headed into retirement.
Couch, who is retiring from the PBA Tour to work full time for Ebonite, including as ball rep on the PBA Tour, was one of the top performers at the PBA Summer Shootout that finishes airing on ESPN on Sunday.
And the powerful lefty is wrecking pins at this weekend's Proprietors Cup events in Dayton, Ohio.
And on Saturday, Couch totaled 3,056 for 12 games (254.6 average) to lead qualifying at the Proprietors Cup.
When Sunday's finals are done, one of the 11 qualifiers will take home $15,950.
As Proprietors Cup organizer Billy Eysoldt announced long ago, Saturday's qualifying was contested on what amounted to a modified house shot, which resulted in mega scores and lefty dominance.
That's not my cup of tea, but Eysoldt was clear that he wanted a softer condition to hopefully boost entries by leveling the field between superstars like Couch and most of the entrants.
The others making the cut were Anthony Pepe at 3,008, Frankie Calca at 2,946, Shannon Pluhowsky at 2,923, Brandon Novak at 2,921, Johnathon Van Hees at 2,899, Dean Billings at 2,840, Jim Petzel at 2,838, Fero Williams at 2,832, Mason Brantley at 2,828, and Tommy Gollick at 2,799.
Rhino Page just missed making the cut, finishing three pins behind Gollick. Other PBA stars who missed the cut included Sean Rash and Ryan Shafer.
The standings are here.
My blog previewing the Proprietors Cup weekend is here.
Insidebowling.com is providing live webcasting of the Proprietors Cup again Sunday.