CHAD ROBERTS GIVES LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON 2013 US OPEN
If you want to get the local perspective of bowling the 2013 Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio, look no further than the commentary of Chad Roberts.
The 26-year-old from Westerville, Ohio has started his own bowling blog called “Furthering the Lanes.” He’s taken to the blogosphere to document his efforts to transition from a league bowler to a tournament bowler. (http://furtheringthelanes.tumblr.com/)
“Other than Jeff Richgels’ 11th Frame, there aren’t a lot of quality bowling blogs out there,” said Roberts, a former Communications major at Columbus’ Franklin University. “I figured a younger amateur bowler would bring a fresh insight to the game, and I hope that’s what my blog does.”
The focus this week is, of course, the U.S. Open, the second time Roberts has taken his shot at a major championship. Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes are hosting the action, and Roberts is taking his followers behind the scenes of the 264-player event.
“I’m able to give the fans who aren’t here the sights and sounds of the Open,” said Roberts. “Jimmy Johnson does a great fundraiser called CarniBowl and a lot of people don’t even know about it.”
As if bowling on demanding lane conditions isn’t enough, Roberts describes preparing to qualify at the three host centers and how it adds to the degree of difficulty.
“We had 2 hours at each center and I needed it!” he said in the blog. “Each center played different and in some cases, like Holiday and Wayne Webb’s, the centers played different from side to side.”
His blog also details the particulars of some of his equipment choices this week. He says his best looks were with the Hammer Jet Black Taboo and the Hammer Arson Pearl.
“The Jet Black seemed to be the best look for each house,” said Roberts. “I didn’t have to force it down the lane and it didn’t jerk off the spot.”
Roberts’ strategy played out a little differently than he planned. While he used the Taboo Jet Black late in his first block, he used the Hammer Amp. The Amp is Hammer’s latest ball release, and features a new PowerShot asymmetric core combined with a new Overdrive Hybrid coverstock.
“I thought the Amp would be too much hook,” he said. “But it allowed me to get in a little deeper. It was a safe choice.”
Roberts’ 1,620 score put him in 63rd place, just inside the cut line after the first eight games. After all players roll eight games in each center, the field is cut to the top 25% in each division. Match play for the tournament will be held at Wayne Webb’s, while the top four bowlers in each division will bowl the TV finals at Columbus Western Bowl.
The 2013 U.S. Open winners will bowl each other in a Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The finals and the Battle of the Sexes will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Roberts says that he has nowhere to go but up.
“This seems to be the hardest center of the three,” he said of Western. “Anything over even was good. My goal was to get to +50, but I’m happy with +20.”
Roberts’ arsenal includes the Hammer AMP, Jet Black Taboo, Arson Pearl and Cobalt Vibe. He says Hammer equipment fits nicely into his game.
“Most Hammer equipment is clean for me, and I never have trouble with it going through the break point,” he said. “Hammer gives me versatile angles to the pocket that I can control.”
After making the cash cut last year, Roberts says that his goal is to improve.
“This is my second U.S. Open, and the goal is to make match play. I don’t see any reason why I can’t with the way my game has developed. Everything is firing on all cylinders now, and it’s going to be a great week.”
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