HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — USA East captured its second straight World Team Candlepin Bowling title when it beat Lucky Strike by 50 pins in a three-string championship match in the 27th tourney at the Halifax Fairlanes Bowling Center Saturday.
USA East, a team of Maine and Massachusetts bowlers, surged to a 16-pin lead after the second game. Lucky Strike of Massachusetts had a 27-pin lead after the first string.
Massachusetts bowler Dave Godwin paced USA East in the title match with a 423 series while Nate Nealey of Portland chipped in with a 388 and Shawn Morrison of Brewer added a 385. Rounding out the scoring for USA East were Chris Sargent (381) and Brian Mayer (379).
Dave Barber paced Lucky Strike with a 433 series while Shawn Baker recorded a 396. Also contributing were Dan Allard (372), Mike Morgan (378) and Jeff Surette (327).
USA East also beat Lucky Strike in last year’s final in Brewer.
USA East advanced to the championship round with a 1,983 to 1,876 victory over deGraaf Brothers of Nova Scotia in the semifinal round and a 2,006 to 1,872 win over Crazy Train, a group of Massachusetts and Maine bowlers, in the quarterfinal round.
Mayer paced USA East in the semifinal round with a 444 series and Sargent chipped in with a 405. Godwin added a 392 while Morrison and Nealey each recorded a 371. Godwin turned in a 430 in the quarterfinal round and Morrison added a 403.
USA East received a balanced effort throughout the round-robin matches as Mayer, Morrison, Nealey and Sargent all averaged over 130 per string. That team effort continued in the playoff rounds, paced by Sargent’s 136 average, Mayer’s 134 and Godwin’s 132. Nealey and Morrison each had a 129 average in the playoffs.
Charlie Milan III of Brewer, the only bowler to compete in all 27 tourneys, contributed to USA East with five strings and a 117 average.