After spending a few days in Las Vegas with a group of bowlers that included my son, Andre, it will be nice to bowl with him on Sunday in our annual outing at the Father/Son Tournament at Linn Lanes in Canton.
Even though we were in the same group of area bowlers at the USBC Open Championships last week, I did not bowl on a team or in doubles with my son.
That was a good thing for him.
I hadn’t been bowling very much this season, and my goal in Vegas was to break 1,500 for all events, which I did.
Andre did a little better. He finished tied for second in the group with a 1,674 all-events total, including a 608 in singles.
Rob Johnson finished as high man for the group with a 1,712 all-events total. Andre and Kenny Shockency were next with 1,674, followed by Tony DeVita at 1,672.
Jorden Stanley actually finished with high average. But after rolling a steady 633 set in team, he headed home for a family emergency.
Andre also had a decent showing in the Bowlers Journal Tournament at South Point, opening a 634 series with a 265 game. Shockency was next high man in the group with a 625.
On Sunday, Andre and I will be bowling in the father/son event for about the 11th time, and will be on the same pair with Harley and Tim Bollinger for the first time in a few years. Shane and Sammy Taylor might even join us this year.
Because of work schedules and other unforeseen circumstances, we have not been able to bowl together with the Bollingers since about 2016.
It usually has been the dads against the sons. But that probably is no longer a competitive match-up. We’ll see how it goes this time around.
Either way, we will be spending an afternoon bowling with our sons. That’s a win-win situation
OTHER RESULTS: We ran into some other area bowlers while in Vegas, and some of them did very well in both the Open and satellite events.
Gary Alstott Team 1, which included Alstott, Terry Hoesly, Mike Baker and former touring pro Tommy Martin, finished with 2,844, leaving them in 84th place.
Alstott totaled 1,784 and Hoesly 1,746 in all-events. Together, they took over the lead in the senior doubles division of the Bowling This Month tournament at the Gold Coast Lanes with a 1,280 total. Alstott and Stoney Baker (another former touring pro) were in fifth in senior doubles with 1,177.
Alstott and Hoesly also left Vegas 1-2 in the BTM senior singles division. Alstott was leading with 651, and Hoesly was second with 629.
The Cherokee Lanes team that included Gary Robinson and Terry Weisenberger is in 28th place with a 2,971 total. Robinson and Weisenberger are in 24th place in doubles with 1,282.
STILL STRIKING: On Monday, Robinson rolled games of 278, 300 and 239 for an 817 set at Roxy’s Lanes in Pekin in the Bill Mastronardi/Striketown Bowl league. That helped his Plaza Lanes team regain the second-half lead with a 34-16 decision over Landmark Lanes.
"I think the intense focus required to bowl the Open Championship patterns carried over to the house pattern," said Robinson, who now has 10 800 series. "Stoney (Baker) gave me a little lesson (in Vegas), and that helped."
Robinson opened the night by missing a 10-pin, then had 10 straight strikes before leaving a 4-pin on his fill ball. The he rolled his 30th career trey.
"I had a little trouble carrying the first half of the last game, but threw the last six (strikes)," he said.
BIG WINNER: Amateur bowler Luis Gonzales of Chicago beat pro bowler Kyle Troup, 237-226, to win the inaugural Bowlero Elite Series event and $270,000 — the largest prize money ever awarded in the history of bowling.
Eight pros and eight amateurs participated in a bracket format at Bolero Romeoville Lanes to determine the two finalists for the big prize fund. Troup, a three-time PBA champion, earned $80,000 for second.
Two more events in the Bowlero Elite Series are planned in September and December.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.