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Massachusetts bowler Holbrook wins $2,500 at singles knockout tourney

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Bowlers in the World Team Candlepin Bowling Tourney's singles knockout event compete at the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes in Brewer on Monday, November 5, 2012.
By Wayne Hand, Special to the BDN

BREWER — Candlepin bowler Craig Holbrook from East Bridgewater, Mass., won the 2012 Singles Knockout Tournament held at the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes on Monday.

Holbrook defeated Steve Plante of Hampton, N.H., 146-108 in the final match. Holbrook took home $2,500 for winning and Plante received $1,250 as runner-up.

Det Klein of Marlboro, Mass., was the top qualifier with a 755 score which netted him an extra $100. Shawn Morrison of Bucksport had the high-single string of 187 for the day, which was also worth $100.

The knockout serves as a warmup for the World Team Candlepin Bowling Tourney, which begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday and runs each day until Saturday’s championship round.

Ninety-four competitors bowled five strings to qualify for the knockout round of 32. From there the bowlers were matched up according to their qualifying score — No. 1 seed vs. No. 32 seed, and so on. The subsequent winner moved on while the loser was eliminated. This continued until one bowler was left standing.

Many Maine bowlers made it to the knockout round, including Morrison, who ended up as the top Maine qualifier with a five-string total of 727, good enough for the second seed.

However, Morrison lost in the elite eight knockout round to the eventual winner, Holbrook.

Dom Drake of Brewer snuck into the field of 32 but faced Morrison in the first round. Brian Purdy of Buxton qualified with a 652 and lost to Plante in the round of eight.

Kevin McNally of Dexter made it to the final four after being seeded No. 27, and also fell to Holbrook, 117-103. McNally earned $500 for his efforts.

Holbrook is also a four-time champion of the world team tourney.

Approximately 200 of Canada’s and New England’s best candlepin bowlers will compete in three, three-string daily matches in the world team tourney until the playoffs begin on Friday afternoon. They will be vying for a $10,000 first-place prize.

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