The 31st annual KFYR TV Bowling Classic took place at Midway Lanes in Mandan, ND over the weekend. Another full field of 120 bowlers entered for a chance at the $2000 top prize and a coveted Major title. The lane pattern of choice was a custom 2.5-1 pattern put together by the folks at Midway Lanes. With the middle of the pattern being flat, bowlers were forced to use the outside parts of the lane to get a consistent ball reaction. As the pattern broke down it oftentimes tricked bowlers into migrating into the middle part of the lane. The key to this pattern was keeping your break point to the outside parts of the lane and those who were able to do that advanced to the second round on Sunday.
Leading the way on Saturday was Chris Charles. Charles fired a 1764 (220.5 ave) and took home a 50 inch TV for being the qualifying leader. The cut to the top 30 was Daren Seney at 1622 (202.75 ave)
Qualifying Standings: Page 1 Page 2
On Sunday, 30 bowlers returned to Midway Lanes for round robin match play. All bowlers were split into 3 groups of 10. Each group would bowl round robin matches with the winners each receiving 30 bonus pins. Entering the position round, scores were extremely close near the top.
Brad Nordick edged out Eric Parvey by 2 pins for the #1 overall seed on the TV show for the second consecutive year. Mike Green defeated Jack Nelson in the position round to claim the #3 spot and a 240+ game by Blake Wallstrum vaulted him from 8th place into the show as the #5.
Top 5 heading into the KFYR TV Finals:
Day 2 Final Standings
Nelson def Wallstrum 198-181
Green def Nelson 203-201
Green def Parvey 237-220
Green def Nordick 216-212
The KFYR TV Show was one for the ages. You had two bowlers making their first ever appearance in a Major Final (Green, Wallstrum). You also had two bowlers going for NDBowling.com Major Championship history. Jack Nelson had his sights set on his 4th KFYR TV Bowling Classic title which would be the most all time and Eric Parvey was looking to complete the career grand slam with a win. Finally, you had Brad Nordick who entered the TV show as the top overall seed for the second year in a row looking for his first Major title.
In the end, it was Mike Green who emerged victorious in one of the more clutch performances in a NDBowling.com Major final. Green disposed of Nelson with a clutch double in the tenth frame. In the semi final match, Green went toe to toe with Eric Parvey in a strike filled match that went down to the final frame. In the championship match, Green stepped up in the tenth needing a double and 7 pins for the title and converted 3 consecutive strikes to take home his first Major.
Congratulations to Mike Green on a much deserved Major Championship! I guess you could say he definitely didn’t come up ‘short’ this time. (pun intended)
We would like to thank Jim Mellon and his staff at Midway Lanes for another great event. Also, a big thanks to the sponsors who make the tournament possible.
With 3 of the 4 NDBowling.com Major Championships in the books for 2017, the race for the Glen Hains Memorial Trophy has begun. Call Sunset Lanes in Moorhead, MN to sign up for the Seasons’ Final Major, the NDBowling.com Classic being held March 4th and 5th. (218-233-6153)