Well, I didn't get a day one report in; it was a long day.
The scoring system at the stadium had a fit, and so, we had to collect scores by hand for A squad (this was on Friday). That put B squad a bit behind, and because of the computer issue on A squad, we had the girls wait 90 seconds between games on B squad, too, in order to accomodate bowlers to 'make the turn' -- move from one end to the other, plus in terms of equity for both squads, as squad A was forced to wait each game so that the computers could be reset after each game.
Thankfully, day 2 went off without a hitch.
First off, let me say what an incredibly talented field of women bowlers this is. Where I'm from (Iowa), there isn't a lot of scratch bowling, and scratch bowling for women is non-existant. That isn't to say there aren't great players, just not many in my neck of the woods.
What an incredible pleasure (and privilege) it has been for me to witness these gals play. I also witnessed the first and only 300 of the tournament last night right in front of me on 61/62 by Jessica Baker. That pair had been beating most of the girls up all day; the headpin on the left lane was being set off-spot all day, every rack. Jessica's ball reaction was better than everyone else's on that pair, and when she let go of ball 12, there was no doubt it was going to strike. She was a machine!
In case you want to check out standings, go to:http://bowlingsuswomensopen.com
On the main page are PDF files with standings by squad.
Ashly Galante (MOTIV staffer) had another great day. She bowled on the 'burn' on Friday and had an awesome 1386 for 6 (+1186); I didn't get to see every game, but I know she did throw her 2Cruel a lot.
On day two, her squad bowled on the fresh, and she crossed in front of me. She had a tough game in the 50-60s area, but rebounded for a block total of 1328 (+128) for a 2714 12 game total (+314); currently, that score has her in 13th place.
Everyone bowls another 6 game block today, with both squads bowling on a fresh condition. The field will be cut to the top 25%, which I believe will be the top 50 for Monday's 6 game block at 3pm Reno time, then cut to the top 16 for 8 games of match play starting at 8pm. The top 5 will make it to the TV show, set to be taped on Wednesday, on an outdoor set of lanes, under the Reno arch on Virginia Street. The show will air July 3rd at 8pm Eastern time on ESPN2.
Keep up the faith! Ashly has a real shot to get the M on TV!
Tune in to BowlTV on YouTube for live streaming; 3pm Pacific and 8pm Pacific on Sunday, June 24.
That's all for now!