PBA Summer Swing Memories, The Petersen Classic, The Bowling News and more!
by Van McNeil,posted Jul 25 2013 3:34PM
Hello Spare/Time Bowling Show fans! Hope y’all are having a great summer! Have you been working on your game at all? Because Fall Leagues are now forming! Check your local bowling center for more information. :)
Well, two months after competing in the PBA Summer Swing, I still continue to work on my game! Tuesday nights, New Berlin Bowl, Team USA Sport Shot League, where a good sized group of men, a few women and youth too, challenge ourselves on World Tenpin Bowling Association Oil Patterns. These oil patterns are more of a challenge vs. your typical house shot and forces you to be more accurate! Frustrating? YES at times, but once you scale it back, do a little studying and find your groove, the payoff is excellent!
Unlike, The Petersen Classic in Hoffman Estates, Illinois which was NOT so excellent for me in my first time out! But I still had a great time nonetheless. My father always talked about The Petersen Classic, even competed a few times at the old location and won some $$$! If you’ve never heard of The Petersen Classic it’s a tournament like no other. 8 games across 16 lanes of HELL! You can only use two bowling balls, no practice beforehand, no arrows or dots on the lane for aiming and the oil, or lack there of... it really depended on which pair you were on. It really beats you up mentally unless you have the right equipment! 1100 after 8 games which I guess is ok for my first time. Can’t wait for next year!
Another way I challenge myself is Friday Nights in Dyer, Indiana, just over the Illinois /Indiana border, at a house called Stardust Bowl III. There, Sean Ciesielski and their fine staff run a boatload of tournaments including a weekly King of the Hill, where the BIG names and little names, like myself come to play on challenging oil patterns for $$$. Just a few of the BIG names I’ve run into while down there... Eugene McCune, E.J. Tackett, Brian Velenta, Jerry Mars, Kevin Kullman and many other PBA Regional and Tour Pros who will help you out if they find you struggling! Nice to see and have a passionate group of bowlers that love the game and help each other out! I’m not saying it doesn’t happen here BUT I wish we had a tournament like this in OUR area. If you’d ever like to join me and the carpool and challenge yourself, just let me know!
Before I go, I always get asked about my GEICO / PBA Summer Swing experience and how it was bowling against the BEST bowlers in the world, I’m always willing to share stories so don’t be afraid to ask. I just wanted to share a couple of memories and remind you that you can re-live my time on PBA Xtra Frame for a small subscription price OR watch my training and listen to stories about the experience on the show (for free), click here.
Getting yelled at by the great Walter Ray Williams Jr., “JUST BOWL!” I guess I was giving to much lane courtesy. I know better now! :)
Beating one of the greatest bowlers of our time in Norm Duke not once, but TWICE! It was all about the small victories for me as I was shaking in my boots at the competition during that two weeks they were in town.
Remember to ALWAYS fill out your PBA score sheet completely, no matter how well you bowl, otherwise it’ll cost you and the person you verify for some $$$! In this case it was Anthony LaCaze and he playfully, “let me have it” if you will! Whoops!