It came down to the 10th frame of the third and final game at the Twin Cities men’s bowling league championship match Monday night at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley with Dave’s Water Works dethroning defending champion South Pine Cafe by just two pins, 2,611-2,609.
Player of the game nominations went to Dick Howey, who delivered a strike and a spare to clinch it for Dave’s Water Works in the final frame.
“I just came back from a stroke a couple of years ago and had quit bowling,” said Howey. “It feels good. It’s nice to win. I knew it would come down pretty close.”
Howey’s five man team won the first two games of the evening convincingly 875-811 and 952-918 to take a 98 pin advantage into the final game of the combined score winner-take-all championship roll off, but South Pine Cafe roared back and threatened late.
“It went down to the wire,” first-year Twin Cities league bowler Ryan Smart said. “The first two games were good, but we started slipping a bit in the middle of the third, but Dick hit that first strike in the 10th frame.”
South Pine Cafe won the first half of regular season play and Dave’s Water Works won the second half to force the roll-off. After their victory members of Dave’s Water Works celebrated and hoisted the championship plaque. The team also received prize money.
“Everyone should come down and sign up for next season,” added Smart. “We need more teams.”
Prosperity Lanes wraps up the season as hosts its United States Bowling Congress Open Tournament Award Ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday where winners will receive commemorative jackets.
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