Memorial Day weekend brought some of the best in bowling to the 2021 U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
Newbury Park pro store owner Marvin Hale was the most noise-making bowler in an area that included a USBC Open Championships record holder, former champions, former USA team members, former members of the Professional Bowlers Association, Major Champions and Bowlers with Honor Scores at Open Championships.
Hale, a 47-year-old right-hander making his 15th appearance in the tournament, has been consistent over the two days and two installations at South Point.
He opened the tournament with a team 710 streak at South Point Bowling Plaza.
The best career performance ended with a perfect match and a chance to take the lead in all-round singles.
After a series of 736 in doubles, Hale started the singles with a game of 202, but then threw 12 straight strikes for the 13th perfect game in this year’s event.
The match ended with Hale crouching on the foul line then bursting into tears.
“This is by far the most important 300 I have ever played,” said Hale. “With everything going on in the world right now, as an African American doing this in the national spotlight means the absolute world to me.”
Needing 255 for a share of the all-events lead, Hale started with a double, before leaving the combination 6-10 and breaking it.
He started to hit the streak again and stepped up in his final frame, needing a brace to pass US team member Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., For the lead in the regular singles. A 4-pin bowler has finished his race. Hale finished in singles with 735 for a total of 2,181 all events, which is third overall.
The United States Bowling Congress is the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.