SCHMIDT USES TABOO BLUE/SILVER FOR WESTERN CANADIAN VICTORY
Hammer staff member and two-time AMF World Cup champion Michael Schmidt used the Hammer Taboo Blue Silver to win the inaugural Western Canadian Open in Edmonton, Alberta on October 2.
Schmidt, of Tyndall, Manitoba, used the new Hammer high-performance ball to top a 70-player field to win the top prize of $5,000. The event was hosted by Ed’s Rec Room, a center within the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton.
“What a beauty of a ball,” said Schmidt of the Blue Silver Taboo. “I’ve thrown this piece for less than a week, but already, the Blue/Silver Taboo is my favorite Hammer ball of all time.”
Schmidt had the highest day one qualifying score of 1,349 for six games. Pin totals were dropped for the top 24 bowlers, who returned the following day for eight more games of qualifying. Schmidt qualified second for match play with a 1,726, and defeated No. 1 seed Ryan Reid, Campbell River, BC., 455 – 438 in the two game, total pins final match.
A winner of the AMF Bowling World Cup title in 2005 and 2010, Schmidt says navigating the World Tenpin Bowling Association’s Montreal pattern was no problem. He says during the 20 game event, he used the Taboo Blue Silver for 19 of the games.
“The Blue Silver Taboo allowed me to open up the lane a bit more since it was cleaner through the front,” he said. “The ball still read the midlane strong like the original Taboo, but finished way stronger, and hit like a tank.”
Along with the hitting power of the Taboo Blue Silver, Schmidt was impressed with the versatility of the new ball.
“I was able to play straighter on the fresh, then slowly open up the shot as transition occurred,” said Schmidt. “It was amazing that I could stay with the ball for so long.”
Schmidt, who drilled his Taboo Blue Silver 55 x 5 x 35, says the reaction he had on the 41-foot pattern made the other competitors jealous.
“I was the only player there who had a Blue/Silver Taboo,” he said. “After the way it performed this weekend, I’m sure the other players wished they had one in the bag too! I’m sure they will soon enough!
After the victory, Schmidt was quick to praise the Taboo Blue Silver, and give thanks to the Hammer Bowling staff.
“That ball is killer!” Schmidt said. “Thank you to Hammer for making amazing equipment, and having me as a part of the team.”
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