BREWER, Maine — A pair of two-time champions sit atop their 12-team divisions after the first day of round-robin match play Tuesday at the World Team Candlepin Bowling Tourney at the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes.
Defending champ USA East, a group of Maine and Massachusetts bowlers, leads the Holiday Inn division with a 20-4 points record and 5,412 pinfall.
A strong showing from another Maine entry, Downtown Jewelry of the Rockland area, leaves them only two points behind the defending champions. Sitting in third place, only three points back with a 17-7 record, is Massachusetts team 20th Century Lanes, led by Monday’s singles knockout champ Craig Holbrook.
Nate Nealey paced USA East with a 132 average for five games, including a 146 game while teammate Shawn Morrison recorded a 131 average, highlighted by a 148 game.
Fairlanes A+ of Pelham, Nova Scotia, is leading the Pepsi division with a 21-3 record and tournament-high, 5,569 pinfall. Right behind them is Extreme TNT of Massachusetts, which earned 18 of the possible 24 points Tuesday.
Fairlanes was paced by Matt McPhee’s 128 average for five games that included a 151 single while Mitch Seary and Matt Harnett each chipped in with a four-game 125 average.
New Brunswick team Kingswood and Massachusetts bowlers Fenway Painters are tied for third place with 16-8 records.
The day’s action featured lots of balance as no one team dominated the competition, creating an exciting atmosphere for all the teams.
Chris Sargent of USA East rolled a 172 string, the tourney’s high game.
Jason Doucette of Fenway Painters had the high three-string series of 434.
Chris Boisvert of Lucky Strike Lanes of Massachusetts leads all bowlers with a 136.4 average.
During the tourney each team bowls every team in its division one match during the week. In each head-to-head match, three strings are bowled.
Two points are awarded for each string won by a team and two more points are given to the team with the highest pinfall during the match with one point each for ties.
A possible eight points are awarded to the winning scores during each round. The top five point earners from each division will qualify for the playoff round. Match play will continue through the week beginning each day at 9 a.m. until Friday afternoon when the playoff rounds begin.
The championship match will be bowled at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon with $10,000 awarded to the winner.