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Buckeye_Nut

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LittleBuck is bowling in the MO state Pepsi youth championships in April on the white pattern.   We are Sunday regulars at Summit and Colby bowls youth league here.   I am embarrassed to say I bowl league elsewhere, but I will FIX THAT in the fall!!!!   We don't know which white pattern, but this is besides the point.   The MO USBC leaves the home center the option to use any of the 3 White patterns to their discretion.  (for scoring well as the criteria)

I asked my home center if they'd give us this pattern when we come to open bowl on Sunday, and the response was a resounding.....YOU BET!  I asked how much $$ to oil a pair special for us........and the response came with a chuckle...."Paul....it's no big deal and we won't charge you anything to put down a pattern."   It's no wonder why all the sport tourney bowlers bowl here and they are packed with league play day and night nearly 7 days a week!!  I requested he lay down the more difficult of the White patterns.......so our practice will be a more challenging shot.

The only time we can open bowl is Sunday afternoons.......a waiting list is the norm on Sundays, but they will oil us a pair without hesitation.  They know we'll be there when they open so the wait list never effects us and we'll be there to use the pair reserved for us.   This is a thriving family owned center, and I look forward to bowling in the Adult/youth league here this summer......and bowling here in the 34 week league starting late summer/early fall.    I love this place! they rock!   Why I joined a league elsewhere this year leaves me scratching my damn head!!   This house is packed all the time....and for good reason!!

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God bless you for recognizing the effort this center puts in, and your efforts in supporting that center. I wish more folks were like you, Buckeye. And, I wish more centers were run like they run theirs, or how we run ours. Running a bowling center is a labor of love, if done right. Great post-- thanks.
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The White pattern is a wider taper THS with more blend to the outside. His misses right will not be magnified as badly as if bowling on a China wall, but there is miss room in both directons.

Good luck to the little nut!!I won Pepsi (both regional and State) once upon a midnight dreary, but getting to travel to bowl in the National event is tons of fun!!! I was lucky enough to bowl in Vegas and did pretty well. Just make sure his spare shooting is sharp. Depending on the division he's in, it may come down to a spare contest.

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I'd love nothing more than to take Little Buck on a road trip to bowl nationals some day...only time will tell.   He's only 12 but bowling in the U15 bracket right now.  Even at 12, he could be competitive in the 15yr old bracket at the state level.  He carries a 210ave and doesn't seem to lose anything by bowling on the white pattern based on last weekend.  Based on the scores I'm seeing in various Pepsi state tourneys in his bracket, he could give them a test.   Of course league and tournament play are two different beasts!! From what he's shown so far, he's unflappable and I expect him to bowl well. (but who knows!!!)  I am just an enthusiastic dad looking forward to watching.   I think I will be more nervous than Colby!   Of course...we all have bad days too.  We'll see how it goes....the more games they get to bowl in this competition the better.  More games is what we want..... IE....I like his chances better over a 20 game set compared to a 10 game set.



The practice results are in:  We bowled on the White #2  and What a fun afternoon!!

Yes, I could tell a difference but it honestly was no big deal. I made a slight adjustment with my angles, and Colby didn't seem to make any adjustment whatsoever that I could see.  With no warm-up period, Colby threw a 644 right out of the gate starting with his first ball rolled.   We each bowled a 14 game set and Colby beat me by 24 pins when it was all said and done!! 

Let me say this....he is very competitive and there is nothing he likes more than beating his daddy.   We were neck and neck and our little 'father-son' competition came down to 10th frame of game 14!!  Because we were bowing on a pair, we know our total pin-counts.  Colby always bowls first so I knew what I needed.  I could have closed him out, but I opened in the 10th with a 4-9 split.   The very instant I split, I turned and looked back to Colby........if you can picture a little kid fist pumping and saying............"YESSSSSSSSS"..  that's what it looked like...
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He's always openly happy when I take a bad beat....cracks me up!! 


I can't tell you how much fun we are having right now sharing these 'father-son' times together.  Long after I am dead and gone, he will have these bowling memories from his youth.
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Summit Lanes isn't the only place that accommodates bowlers! 

My son and I both have Good Friday off, so we plan to hit the lanes when the center opens at 11am.  I called Stikerz because Friday afternoons are open bowl times.  they will put down a pattern for us on lanes 1&2..........gotta' love it!

I'm still working on AMF for Saturday.   He's a good guy and knows us, so I hope he hooks us up.



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I have to admit, Strikerz impressed me.   They gave us a pair on 1-2, oiled a pair special.......and let us rip it for 3hrs.  We arrived at 11am and by 12pm there was a wait list until we finished and they never asked us to give up a lane.  It played different from Summit Lanes, but Colby dialed in fast........the lanes got sketchy in the last couple games, but we still both averaged over 200 in spite of a couple horrid late games. 

I never could reach the GM at AMF Strike-N-Spare so I did ask for the mechanic. He'd be more than happy to oil a pair for us tomorrow but he isn't working tomorrow.   The guy working tomorrow is new and doesn't know how to program the machine.   He did say he's working next Saturday and that he'd hook us up.   At least I know it's doable depending on who's working.  
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I can't remember the last time I went bowling and having to put my name down on a wait list.
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^ ^ ^  Happens all the time at my home center.
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Goddam...Colby has been on fire!  this was his third 700 series in the past 6 weeks!  This was the final week of youth league and he finished with a bang.

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The kid is on a roll..............I cannot put into words how much I am looking forward to the summer adult-youth league.   I will no doubt have my hands full trying to beat the kid.   At least he'll be on my team, but there will no doubt be a "beat dad" competition inside the bigger team competition. 

This summer will be FUN for bowling!!....stay tuned!........Hahaha
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