Edward Crampton and Steve McCoy dominated the Match Game Doubles tournament last weekend at St. Clair River Lanes. Saturday’s five qualifying games were very competitive with the top three teams separated by just seven pins. McCoy had an average of 231 and Crampton 229 on day one to give them the No. 1 seed. Their first game of Sunday’s final did not go well as second seed Dave Black and Jeff Meldrum beat future champions over 100 pins. They recovered to win eight of their next nine games.
Crampton would have an incredible 275 average in Games 2-6, including an 831 streak in Games 4-6. His phenomenal streak included games of 279, 268, 279, 252 and 300. Crampton averaged 248 over 10 games and also had a 278 in qualifying. After an almost disastrous first game, McCoy has rebounded to 224 on average over the last nine games and the duo took the top spot after Game 4 and in Game 6 no other team would be within 200 pins of them. while they walked away with the title by 249 pins.
Black and Meldrum would finish the final as they started, in second place winning seven of their 10 clashes. Black came off the grid on Sunday with a 300 game, his sixth in Port Huron Bowling Association competitions and eighth overall. He averaged 232 over the five qualifying games with 289 games included. Meldrum has been consistent all weekend, averaging 225 Sunday after 226 Saturday, including a 270 game.
Continuing the trend, third place went to the top tier third qualifiers, Matt Langolf and Jesse Hojnacki. Langolf led the three-time champions in qualifying with an average of 234. He averaged 237 in Sunday’s opening seven games, but hesitated down the home stretch. Hojnacki was the struggling opposite mirror in the first seven games before finishing strong with 774 in the last three games.
Dave Klaas and Jerry Hendrick were fourth as Klaas led the way with an average of 236 in the 10 games of the final, second only to Crampton. Cliff Crawford and Chuck Ouellette took fifth place as Crawford averaged 234, including a 279 in Game 2 that briefly led them to first place. Ed Karwinski and John Galvin finished sixth with six game wins. Both played 278 matches in the final. Ray Randall and Mike Church were seventh. Randall averaged 234 in qualifying, then 228 in the final with a game of 279.
In eighth was the duet of Mike Gossman and Dylan Jacobs. Gossman averaged 235 and shot his 10th game 300. He would also have games of 279 and 270. Jacobs led the team in qualifying with an average of 227. Terry Thompson and Tom Bruehan finished ninth and were the only other team. to beat future champions. Thompson played 279 games in qualifying while Bruehan averaged 229. Matt Gossman and John Hill qualified fifth and then won three of their first four games in the final, but couldn’t win another game. thereafter. Gossman played 270 qualifying games.
Jose Ganhs with a 231 average, Michael Ganhs with a 278 and Brandon Saikowski 276. Chelsea Beford was the only woman to enter the tournament and she was outstanding as usual with an average of 226 over the five games, including 257, 236 , and 231. She was just as good in league play with a 668 streak in Sunday Outcast with a high play of 237.
Also in the league, Scott Badley pitched his 16th game of 300, this time in the Saturday Nite Bridge league at Port Huron Lanes. He would finish with a 741 streak and follow it the following night with a 738. Chris Hubbard and Kris Brunelle led this Saturday Nite Bridge session as each had 747 streaks and each pitched a 279 match. Rod Reeves and Don Brunelle round out the round. top 5 with a streak of 733, while Jerry Hendrick had 720.
Nikki Hollis led the rest of the women with a 596 streak. The other best matches of the week were Jessica Badley 224 and Becky Buchheister 222.