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Published: Saturday, 10/29/2005

Tinsley captures Charlie s Challenge

BY ADAM THOMPSON
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Brian Tinsley captured the 14th Charlie s Challenge one-ball tournament on Sunday at Rossford Lanes.

Tinsley won $500 by bowling a 687 (with handicap). Bill Clark and Greg Point placed second and third with scores of 648 and 628, respectively.

I thought I had bowled lucky, Tinsley said. It s a different tournament, like none I have bowled before.

Charlie s Challenge had certain rules to abide by. There were three different lane conditions the long oil, the short oil and the regular house shot.

On the Rossford shot I bowled a 256, on the long oil I bowled a 242 and on the short oil I bowled a 153, Tinsley said. That was the first time I broke 100 on the short oil and the first time I bowled really well.

There was a $35 entry fee for the 73 participants. Each participant had to play in three games across six lanes, using the same ball for each game.

One in four won a cash prize, as the low bowler to win cash bowled a 550 and won back the entry fee.

This was the fifth time I have bowled in this tournament, but the first time I have ever won any money, Tinsley said.

When he won, the thoughts of his previous Charlie s Challenge came running through his head.

I thought, I had finally won my money back, Tinsley said. This tournament is something I will always bowl in. I ve always had an amazing time.

This was the first Charlie s Challenge of four or five over the course of the year.

The next Charlie s Challenge will be held on Dec. 18 at Rossford Lanes.

Everyone has a lot of fun. This tournament comes down to more luck than it does skill, Tinsley said. It takes some skills, but the difficulty of the lanes makes it tough.

Rounding out the top 10 of the tournament were Dan Wozniak (610), Chris Hayward (604), Brandon Adams (601), Bob Fritz (599), Ryan Kelly (593), Steve Jakubowski (587) and Kevin Carnicom (583).

The KeyBank Men s Traveling Classic will be in action tomorrow at Harbor Lanes in Port Clinton and will return to Toledo on Nov. 3 at Bay Center.

Last week at Nortel Lanes in Monroe, Loma Linda/Ventura s defeated Bay Center Recreation 3439 to 3430, while Dunn Chevy Buick knocked off Twin Oaks Lanes 3528-3289.

K.J. Excavating edged John Deere Landscapes 3142 to 2975 and Swanton Sports Center beat New Glass Bowl 3133-3040.

Loma Linda remains in first place with a record of 44-16, while Dunn Chevy Buick and K.J. Excavating are in a tie for second with records of 36 -23 .

The Queens Traveling Classic will be at the Toledo Sports Center Monday.

Interstate Lanes won last week against Church s Chicken 2578-2259 to remain in first place with 127 points.

Ginger and Company Salon defeated Bay Center Recreation 2583-2344 to remain in second place with 97 points.

In other matches, Tri County/Drago Trucking defeated Empire Pro Shop 2353-2238, K.J. Excavating upended Steven s Disposal 2434-2255 and Toledo Sports Center beat Twin Oaks Lanes 2554-2263.

On Nov. 5, Southwyck Lanes will be hosting a senior tournament for women ages 55 and older.

Tournament sessions will begin at noon and 3 p.m. and the entry fee is $14 with a membership. The last day to enter is Monday at any bowling center.

If you are not in a league and do not have a membership, you can purchase one at the Greater Toledo Bowling Association office at 5062 Dorr St.

Contact Adam Thompson at:athompson@theblade.comor 419-724-6110.



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