WINTERS CAPTURES 10TH MJMA TITLE IN PLYMOUTH

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Ryan Winters (Livonia, MI) once again showed he knows how to win a Michigan Junior Masters Association event by capturing the 2017 MJMA Greater Plymouth Open at Plaza Lanes in Plymouth, MI. This win ties Winters for fourth all‐time in wins with John Wade and Tylor Greene. He is now only two wins away from third place, currently held by Dave Ewald with 12 all‐time victories.

It was not an easy win by any stretch of the imagination as Winters was fifth after the six‐game qualifier and would have to work his way through a tough two‐game, total pins bracket format. Winters caught fire though in the match play portion as he ousted the #12 seed Brandon Hughes (Sandusky, MI) 460‐409 and then proceeded to eliminate the #4 seed Jeffrey Lizewski II in the second round, 505‐341. In the semi-finals Winters faced up against Tyler Kolassa (Center Line, MI) who had qualified 16th but had worked his way up the brackets by winning his first two matches, including knocking out the #1 seed Chad Stephen (Flint, MI) in the first round. But Kolassa run ended in the semi finals as Winters continued his hot hand with a 495‐409 win to move him into the finals.

The other side of the bracket was going pretty much as chalk as the top seeds won the first round matches. Newcomber Cole Skelley (North Canton, OH) was the first of the higher seeds to bow out but no shame here as Alex Ouellette (Linwood, MI), an eight time champion, ousted Kelley 461‐312. Jordan Nunn (Flint, MI), the #2 seed, won his first two matches to set up the semi final with Ouellette. In what proved to be a tight, high scoring match, it was Nunn coming out on top with a 482‐460 win to move onto the finals against Winters.

In the finals, Winters opened up a 19 pin advantage after game one and proceeded to keep the door closed on Nunn as he followed that with a nice 246 to close out the win, 462‐415. After what seemed to be a pretty tough pattern in qualifying, winters shot a fantastic 1922 for his 8 games in brackets to earn his 10th title.

The U20 ladies had their share of excitement as well. Taylor Davis (Burton, MI) led the way after qualifying shooting a fine 1254 for the six games. However, that excitement lasted a short time as in the first round of brackets, Caity Cox (Burton, MI) the #8 seed took Davis out of contention with a 406‐384 win. The #2 seed, MaCailin Rodriguez (Kentwood, MI) also fell victim in round one as #7 seed Hannah Forton (Macomb, MI) ousted Rodriguez 362‐342. Candyce Bradley (Farmington, MI) and Imari Blond (Flint, MI) held serve as the #3 and #4 seeds and advanced to the semi‐finals.

Blond and Bradley again held service as they advanced to the finals with wins over Cox and Forton. Bradley opened up with a big 243 in game one to gain a 36 pin advantage and proceeded to hold on to that lead through game two to win her third MJMA title with a 435‐409 win over Blond.

The U15 division saw a good showing from the boys as 10 boys participated in the event. The top six boys advanced to the match play portion and Bradley Folks (Belleville, MI) was leading the way with a nice 1092 six‐game score. The top two seeds, Folks and Nicholas Slagter (Jenison, MI) earned byes in round one and awaited the winners from the first two matches in round one.

Kenney Raynes (Westland, MI) and Luke Dalman (Portland, MI) the #4 and #6 seeds respectively, advanced with wins into the semi finals. Dalman faced off against Slagter and looked like he had the lanes figured out as he ousted Slagter 421‐340. Folks continued to hold the #1 position as he took out Raynes (353‐310) to advance against Dalman in the finals. Dalman opened up an 11 pin lead after game one but Folks, who did not throw a strike in game one, threw a bunch of strikes in game two and shot 242 and took his first MJMA U15 title ending Dalman’s day 394‐310.

The ladies saw Madalyn Harden (Canton, MI) earn the top spot in qualifying shooting 1017. The top four girls went on to matchplay and the top two seeds, Harden and Lauren Slagter (Jenison, MI) each saw their days end as the #3 seed Riley Meade (Chesterfield, MI) and the #4 seed Anna Maxwell (Westland, MI) advanced to the finals. Meade saw a small game one lead increase in game two and she captured her first MJMA U15 title with a 321‐272 win over Maxwell.

In all, 20 bowlers shared in the $3,100.00 in scholarship that was awarded at the event and we crowned two more Junior Gold participants as Erik Trigger (Swartz Creek, MI) and Madalyn Harden earned their spots for the event this coming July in the Greater Cleveland area. Congratulations to those two bowlers.

Our next event is on April 22nd in Bridgeport, Michigan at our traditional location, Candlelite Bowl. I know Bob Klein and his staff will be ready for us as we start bowling on Saturday at 9:30AM with check in beginning at 8:00AM. Match play for this one day event will begin approximately 30 minutes after the cut is announced. Entry forms are available on line at www.mjma.net and make sure you get those in early as we are limited to 96 bowlers for this event.

Hope everyone has a great Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing you in Bridgeport on April 22nd!

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