Five local bowlers competed in the zone roll-offs for the “Open” last weekend in Atikokan—and all five qualified for the provincial showdown later this spring.
Jeff Watts was the top local man, racking up a 4,531 total pinfall over the 20-game roll-offs for a 226.55 average.
Sitting in sixth place after the first 10 games on Saturday with a 2,182 total, Watts had a 2,349 over his final 10 games Sunday to wind up in fourth place as a member of the men’s team advancing to the provincials.
Watts’ high game of the weekend was a 334 rolled on Sunday morning.
Also qualifying for the Sunset Country men’s team was Rick Stamarski, who finshed sixth overall with a 4,339 total (216.95 average).
Stamarski, whose high score was a 286 bowled in his opening game Saturday morning, was a model of consistency—totalling 2,178 through the first 10 games and then 2,161 over the final 10 to jump from seventh place to the final berth on the men’s team.
Rounding out the men’s team are Darryl Rollins of Dryden (4,880 total), Vernon Tattrie of Atikokan (4,610), Kevin Blake of Kenora (4,550), and Chris Gadd of Dryden (4,395).
Meanwhile, Gerry Rousseau made the biggest move of the weekend.
After totalling 1,951 through the first 10 games to sit in 11th place, Rousseau averaged 227 over the final 10 games to snag ninth place and the final men’s berth on the Sunset Country mixed team that will be competing at the provincials.
Rousseau’s high game was a 342 rolled in his second-last game Sunday afternoon.
Among the women, Dixie McDonald totalled 3,784 over 20 games to finish sixth and earn the final spot on the Sunset Country team.
Her high game was a 242 bowled Saturday afternoon.
Rounding out the women’s team are Krys Bednarski of Atikokan (4,164 total), Terri Hamilton of Dryden (4,127), Charlotte Hazlewood of Dryden (4,100), Tammy Woitowicz of Dryden (4,098), and Cheryl Stefanik of Kenora (3,840).
Finally, Jeanie Townson totalled 3,269 over 20 games to finish eighth overall and earn a spot on the Sunset Country mixed team.
Her high game was a 228 bowled Saturday morning.
Rounding out the mixed team are Darren Skrenski of Atikokan (4,322), Ric Kitzul (4,303), Pauline Kressal of Dryden (3,583), and Shauna McKay of Kenora (3,252).