Niagara Gazette — The finalists in the 23rd annual Tri-City Masters Tournament will gather this Sunday at Bowl-O-Drome in Niagara Falls.
The participants were determined in a six-game qualifying round last weekend. Joe Burgio's 1344 score set the pace for the field of 24 finalists. Mark Doel earned the final spot by defeating Rob Samborek in a roll-off, 257-244.
The top prize at the tournament will be $1,000 from a total prize fund of $4,750 generated by 62 bowlers from the Niagara Falls, Tonawandas and Lockport USBC associations.
The top eight scorers, 1269 and above earned a bye for the first round of match play. The tournament begins at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.
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In local leagues, Earl Pugh Jr. rolled an 851 series in the Pioneer Mixed at Bowl-O-Drome. Mike Terrana and Jerry Carroll rolled 300 games there, in the Red Bull 5-Man and Zajac Funeral Home leagues, respectively. Anthony Phillips was also perfect, rolling his 300 in the Mr. Ventry's Pizza League.
Over at Rapids Bowling Center, two bowlers scored both a perfect game and an 800-plus series in the same league. Steve Strack and Chris Schuster rolled 300 games as part of their 802 and 800 series, respectively, in the Scotty's Barbershop league. Mark Doel rolled a 300 in the Scotty's Barbershop league the previous week.
No 300 games or 800 series were reported from Island Lanes, though Joel Backstrom came close with a 299 in the Friday Night Businessman's league.
Scores from Lewiston Event Center were not received at press time.
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Red Bull 5-Man — Mike Terrana 300-286-791, Chris Favorite 270-246-736, Dan Benjamin 236-240-257-733, Rich Maslen 247-693, Bill Miller 254-678, Mark Pyrczak 248-245-673, Frank Pati 231-665, Dave Gruarin 254-651, Ron Mack 247, Jon Miller 268, Joe Vitello 244, Norm Spurback 238, Mike Bright 238, Joe Davis 235.
Prep Mixed — Brandon Kayser 100, Ashley Baratta 104, Javon Coulter 109, Ryan Washcalus 112-113, Aidan Strack 133-142-367 (112 pins over series average).