HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — USA East, made up of bowlers from Maine and Massachusetts, leads the Pelham Electric division after the first day of the 25th annual Men’s World Team Candlepin Championship at Halifax Fairlanes Bowling Center.
USA East, averaging a tournament-best 636 pins per string, was last year’s runner-up.
Defending champion Maria’s Sub Shop of Massachusetts sits in a tie for fourth in the Pelham Electric division.
Kingswood of New Brunswick remains undefeated at 24-0 and leads the Ramada Inn Division by four points over Fenway Painters of Massachusetts. That division also includes MacLaughlin’s Truck & Trailer of Halifax, which has won the tournament five of the last seven years.
Lucky Strike of Massachusetts owns the high average in the division at 628.
Qualifying continues through Friday, followed up by four rounds of playoffs to determine the winner. The top five teams in each division advance to the playoffs, with the division champions receiving a bye through the first two rounds.
Candlepin bowlers from the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada have come together for the biggest competition of the year, which includes 24 teams.
Eric Pelletier of Lucky Strike bowled the day’s top average at 136.9, followed by Brian Purdy (Colonial Lanes, Maine) at 133.6, Rob Henderson (MacLaughlin’s) 132.8, Mike Morgan (USA East), 132.2.
Davey Somerton of MacLaughlin’s had the day’s high single at 178, followed by Pelletier (Lucky Strike) at 175, and Steve Vadney (Total Chaos, N.H.) and Chris McGrady (A+ / Fairlanes, Nova Scotia), both at 170.
The high triples for the day were Shawn D’Eon (New Minas Fairlanes, N.S.) 456 and Trevor Smith (Moncton Fairlanes/Mrs. Dunster, N.B.) 445. Rob Henderson (MacLaughlin’s), Nate LeBlanc (A+ / Fairlanes) and Pelletier (Lucky Strike) all bowled 436.