HAMMER STAFF MAKES GREAT SHOWING
Hammer Bowling made great showings in high-profile events over the weekend of August 4, 2013.
Hammer Pro Staff member Bill O’Neill teamed with Shannon O’Keefe to win the 14th Annual Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event at Palace Lanes in Houston. The tournament benefits the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research. Bonneau, a Houston bowling legend and member of the Texas Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame, died of breast cancer in 1999.
“The Luci is one of the best events I have ever been a part of,” said O’Neill through his Facebook page. “Shannon is a great partner, and she carried us to the title.”
O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and fellow Team USA member O’Keefe, Arlington, Texas, dominated the match play portion of the event. The duo posted a 10-2 match play record and a 291-pin victory in the 84-team tournament. The hot hand belonged to O’Keefe, who out-averaged both the men and the women with a 237.41 for the 12 match games.
Using the new Absolut Curve, O’Neill backed up O’Keefe by averaging 217.16 during match play. The Absolut Curve uses Hammer’s new FatMax core shape and an H-150 Crosscover Reactive shell to create an angular look on the lanes.
O’Neill and O’Keefe will share the top prize of $8,000.
In the PBA South Region, Hammer Staff member Scott Newell advanced to the semifinal round of the Regional Players Invitational at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla. Newell, Deland, Fla., fresh off his victory at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Reno, Nev. He was part of the Lodge Lanes Too team that rolled a 3,538 score, the highest in the 110-year history of the event.
In Florida, Newell was one of 48 players who qualified for the event through a season-long points competition. Along with the top prize of $6,000, the field was shooting for an entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in late October and a berth in a new PBA RPI Finals which will be televised on ESPN.
Newell used the Amp, which features Hammer’s new PowerShot asymmetric core and a new Overdrive Hybrid coverstock. The combination was designed to provide ultra-high mid-lane revolutions with a very defined breakpoint.
Newell’s quest for the title fell short with a 185-172 loss to Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga. Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated Sterner 219-209 in the championship match to win the $6,000 first prize. Sterner took home $3,500 for second and Newell received $1,600.
Based in Hopkinsville, Ky., Ebonite International is a privately-owned company that currently services bowling centers, distributors and retail outlets both domestically and internationally; the company’s consumer product brands include Ebonite, Hammer, Robby’s, Columbia 300, Track and Powerhouse™. Its commercial product brand is Ebonite Bowling Center Direct.
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