Watts in hunt


Fort Frances bowler Jeff Watts still was in the hunt for the national men’s singles title as of press time late this morning.
Watts sat in fifth place at the 2012 Canadian Open 5-pin Bowling Championships in Gatineau, Que. near the midway point of the third and final 10-game block.
The top four bowlers after the 30 games advance to the “stepladder” playoffs to determine the champion.
Watts was just 37 pins out of fourth place—and 59 from third—following his first three games this morning.
His scores of 193, 245, and 266 left him with a total pinfall of 5,664 through 23 games.
Shawn Haley of Quebec was leading the pack with a 5,881 total with seven games to go today.
Brad Rusnak of Manitoba was in second place (5,861), followed by Derek Home of Alberta (5,723) and Varian Layne of Nova Scotia (5,701).
Watts opened action Wednesday with a 2,568 total from the first 10-game block, then faltered somewhat yesterday with a 2,392 total in the second 10-game block.