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Bowling column: City Tournament entries remain steady

"Joe Bowler" presides over the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship, the national championship for every sanctioned bowler. Average Jack and Jill must preside over the GBUSBC Association's Open and Women's Championship.

The City Tournament, as it's familiarly known for short, will open Tuesday night at Kenmore Lanes and will run until Saturday, May 12.

Although scratch champions will be crowned, it's a tournament for "Every Man" or "Every Woman." Conceivably, with a handicap anybody can win or cash with a hot night on the lanes.

As a competitive sport, bowling is supposed to be on a downward trend. If so, you can't prove it by the entry numbers for the City Open.

Last season's entries -- 237 four-bowler teams, 241 doubles team and 479 singles in the Open are all slightly higher than what the GBUSBC reported seven years ago for the 2011 season.

It's different on the Women's Championship side, with participation down from the 2011 figures.

"There are fewer women bowlers," said GBUSBC manager Bill Palumbo, "but many women choose to bowl in the Open rather than the Women's Championship because they can win more money."

Although entry numbers were down as of Friday morning, according to Palumbo, they are in line with the entry numbers at the same stage a year ago. Bowlers, like most of us, procrastinate and hold on to their cash as long as they possibly can.

A year ago, Mike Zarcone, a scratch bowler, dominated the men's events in 2017.

With Matt Zasowski he won the handicap doubles and finished first in the six-game combine (singles and doubles). He also was third in singles and ninth in all-events.

It was almost all Zarcone in Scratch events. The GBUSBC Hall of Famer and six-time GBUSBCA Male Bowler of the Year was first in Scratch Singles, Scratch Doubles and Six-Game Combine and ninth in Scratch All-Events.

Julie Selk dominated the Women's tournament winning Scratch Singles, Combine and All-Events, but won none of the Handicap titles.

The championships will be bowled on a recreation pattern. The first night on Tuesday is reserved for team competition which will begin after the traditional opening ceremonies.

Zmozynski perfect

Pete Zmozynski picked the best time of the year to get hot.

The 39-year-old right-hander from Depew lit it up this week in the USBC Open at the Oncenter in Syracuse, bowling the second 300 game in this year's Open in a 745 series in the Team event.

The first perfect game of the 2018 Open Championships was rolled by USBC Hall of Famer Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah, on the way into the lead in Regular Doubles with former Team USA member David Haynes of Las Vegas. Kloemken made the stepladder finals for last Sunday's USBC Masters in Syracuse.

Zmozynski led his team, Friendly Foes Too, total 2,935 for 20th place in the USBC standings. Zmozynski's teammates were Tony Dolan (578), Derek Pawlowski (579), Geno Walh (513) and brother Charlie Zmozynski (520).

Pete Zmozynski's 2,028 total is seventh in All-Events, which is led by Kurt Pilon of Warren, Mich. His 716 is 11th in singles. Also, his 567 and Dolan's 583 is 101st in doubles (1,150).

This is Zmozynski's 19th Open. His first was in 1999, also at the Oncenter in Syracuse.

"I've had the front eight at this tournament once before, but as I got closer this time, my friends were talking to me about other things, and that helped take my mind off of it," Zmozynski said.

That's not all, though.

Zmozynski stands first in scratch singles and all-events in a Niagara Falls tournament, which wraps up Sunday at Rapids Bowling Center.

He's the Scratch Singles leader with 813, but he had an even better series (823) in the Scratch Team. He also has a 694 in Scratch Doubles.

He also is the clubhouse leader in Scratch Singles and Scratch All-Events at the tournament with 813 and 2,330, respectively. He had 823 in team and 694 in doubles. The event is scheduled to conclude Sunday.

Pin chasers

-- Defending champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence was undefeated up to the Round of 16 at the PBA's Port Property Management Maine Shootout this week in Portland.

Ciminelli defeated Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., 2-1, and B.J. Moore of Greensburg, Pa., 2-0 in the best of three single elimination tournament on Tuesday before losing the next day to Thomas Larsen of Denmark, 2-1.

Ciminelli had a 288 game in his first match.

-- Brad Angelo of Lockport fell in his first match in the round of 64, to Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 2-1. Doyle bowled a 279 in the middle game.

-- Veteran pro Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., defeated John Furey of Howell, N.J., 2-0 in the title match after depriving 58-year-old Walter Ray Williams of a chance for his record 48th PBA title in the semifinals. Allen defeated Williams, 2-1. Furey scored the upset of the tournament by defeating Jason Belmonte of Australia, 254-248 and 244-226, in the other semifinal.

-- All but one squad is sold out for the GBUSBC Stanley Kowalski Senior Singles Tournament today and Sunday at the Broadway Sports Center.

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