O’NEILL POSITIONED FOR MATCH PLAY AT 2013 US OPEN
Hammer Bowling’s Bill O’Neill positioned himself for match play competition at the 2013 Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio.
The 2010 U.S. Open Champion used the Hammer Amp to record a 211.43 average after 30 games of qualifying at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes. He’s currently tied for 8th place going into the round-robin match play portion of the tournament.
“The Amp was probably my overall best look,” said O’Neill. “The lanes hooked for me, but I had to use a stronger ball with a much stronger core than most people bowling today.”
O’Neill admits that he struggled the first day of competition.
“The first day was a struggle,” said O’Neill. “I didn’t bowl very well and I wasn’t matching up with the right balls. It was mentally a bad day the first day. But I pulled it together to put myself in a good position to make the TV show.”
O’Neill says he will lean on his previous experience going into match play. After 24 games of match play, the top four men and top four women will advance to the ESPN-televised finals at Columbus Western Bowl to bowl for the top prizes of $50,000. The U.S. Open winners will then roll a Battle of the Sexes match to determine the ultimate U.S. Open champion.
“I’ve made match play a few times in this tournament, and I know what to expect. I know the lanes are going to be hard, and that the scores are going to be low. As long as I make my spares and make good decisions, I’ll always be in the tournament.”
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