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             2017 QUALIFIER - ROUND 1 RECAP

The 54th TN Open kicked off on a clear cold day at Greengarden Lanes with first-time entrant Chris Jannazzo from Meadville making sure that the event started out with a splash. With strikes on his first 18 shots he held the lead after every game of round 1. His 1,275 block included games of 300-268-236-256-215 and, although not a TN record it was good enough for a 38 pin lead.

With 803 (258-277-268) in his opening three games Dave Warren was just 1 pin from the lead and after closing with 232 and 202 he finished the round in second place with 1,237. 6-time champion and always steady performer was next with 1,233 with last year's first round leader, Chris Moffett next with 1,228. With a 5-game score of 1,227, Nick Godfrey was just one more pin back in 5th place.

The top ten was rounded out by Nick Kightlinger (1,211), Cory Bithell (1,207), Tom Petroff (1,200), Kylle Twarowski (1,196) and Josh Dodson (1,173)

Defending and 7-time champion Lee Eighmy, Jr. is in good position to make a run at a three-peat and an 8th title as he sits in 11th with 1,170. 1997 Champion Mike Machuga fashioned the highest score from the B squad, 1,153. Machuga's round included the second high game of the day, a 289, in game 4.

At  the end of the day, the top 32 was comprised of 28 bowlers from the A squad and just 4 from B. That current cut line is at +102 while 16th position is +151.

The Eighmy Edge Pro Shop awarded a prize, a ball of choice and drilling, to the highest score in round 1 and that prize went to Chris Janazzo. Mike Machuga's Next Level Pro Shop  is providing the same prize for the highest score in round 2.

Just under half, 77 of 167, of the field managed a plus score for the day.

The first segment of the finals concludes at Rolling Meadow Lanes at which time the field will be cut to the top 32. The qualifier concludes with 6 more games at Westway next Saturday at 1:00. The finals are slated for Lake City Lanes and Eastway lanes the following weekend with both rounds at 1:00.

 

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