NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS AT LAKESIDE OHIO! ALTHOUGH THE ACTION SO WELL DESCRIBED TOOK PLACE IN 2004, IT WILL BE REPEATED IN 2016 BEGINNNG MONDAY, JULY 18th!! COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!
The National Singles was plagued with rain, as many tournaments in the “North Land” have been this year. It was necessary to change the tournament format part way through the tournament just to get it completed. The tournament started out as 2 out of 3 – 75 point games and had to be changed to 12 frame 2 out of 3 games. Ann Wedel won the Lady’s division in a repeat, but Dixie Alexander gave her all she wanted. The first game was close with Ann winning. Dixie won the 2nd game on her last shot, but Ann took the 3rd game to defend her title successfully! Buck Buchanan won the Men’s closed division on a spectacular final shot in the 3rd game. Jim Clayton had two 7’s on the board. Buck had to take them both off, put one in the kitchen and score to win. He did it!!! The Men’s open division was won by Bob Sudimor as he defeated, defending champion, Earl Ball two straight with the second game being decided on the games last hammer as Bob stopped just a whisker short of the 7/8 line. Earl made the finals in one of the tournaments most exciting games. Trailing by 9 points, the 10 half covered and the final hammer lined up in his cue, he laid it out on the open half of the 10 for victory!
In the Doubles, John Brown and newly inducted “Hall of Famer”, Walt Wedel successfully defended their National Championship with a victory over Bob Sudimor and “hard luck” Jim Clayton. The Lady’s division produced excited new National Champions. Sandy Quinn and Sue Krynak. They took on duel “Hall of Famers” Thelma Springer and Kay Buchanan who won the first game. Sandy and Sue regrouped, having swallowed their “butterflies” and won the 2nd game as Sue dug out her kitchen shot and put it to good use, but they lost the lag. The 3rd game was close, back and forth until Sandy found her kitchen and scored to end the struggle. Sandy and Sue were very excited that they “got” their “National Pins”. You only ever get “one” and sometimes you hear players say what’s the big deal, it’s only a pin which means they don’t “got” one yet!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Earl Ball July 31st, 2004.