If the dictionary had an entry for “long grind,” Friday night’s Badger Elite Team Quad Masters could be the definition.
It WAS a grind — the 41-foot nearly flat lane pattern was brutal, at least until it broke down — and it WAS long — actually ending about 2 a.m. Saturday.
A dozen teams made the trip to Weston Lanes and after the four games of qualifying the cut score for the top five 4-person teams was 3,094, or 106 under.
Our Turbo 2-N-1 Grips team was the top seed with 3,344 (776-757-866-945). Derek Eoff led with 855 (204-189-217-245), followed by Steve Richter 842 (175-191-253-223), Gail Myers Jr. 825 (203-171-192-259) and myself 822 (194-206-204-218).
Most people played the pattern fairly straight around 10-board or a little to the right to start and moved in as it broke down. Eventually I had my best look with a control-drilling Storm LUCID playing in and feeding it to the track, switching to a high-pin T-ROAD PEARL that got me a 268 from almost fifth arrow in the semifinal match.
The first match was between the fourth and fifth seeds, with the winner advancing to bowl our team while the second and third seeds bowled.
We won that match to advance to bowl for the title against Andy Mills, Kevin Gmach, Jason Wendt and Ken Kempf.
Mills was the stud of the match, striking on eight of his first nine shots and finishing with a 257. Gmach added 212, Wendt 187 and Kempf 177 as they beat us 833-814. Eoff led us with 223, Richter added 208, I had 196 and Myers 187.
Lane 9 killed us as it was very dry up front but had skid down lane that made for a tricky wet/dry reaction. I had five of five strikes on lane 10 and just one on lane 9.
But it was a fun grind and the team that bowled best won the title match.
First was $1,680 and second was $850.
I may add more details when CWSBT operator Dale Hackbart gets them together.
Look for very low scores in Saturday’s Badger Elite Wisconsin Masters singles tournament, as the same pattern will be used, except that it will be only 38 feet.
Based on how much hang there was outside, I don’t see there being much of a shot outside 5, which is where a 38-foot pattern logically would play. And inside was tough enough at 41 feet; I can’t imagine there being anything developing with just 38 feet.
Hackbart did some figuring and estimated a cut of perhaps minus 50 for the top 24 for Saturday's Badger Elite Wisconsin Masters singles tournament qualifying (5 games).
I think it might be closer to minus 100.
Here was my preview blog of this weekend’s action at Weston Lanes.