Neldon Smith takes week's honors with a702 series

Larry Mason

June 26, 2007 - Neldon Smith collected the only 700 series rolled during the week, to lead all of Classic Lanes' bowlers. Close behind Smitty were David Gholson with his 689 series, and Jason Parmer with a 685. Becky Bowden led the ladies once again, shooting a 653 series. Another six men rolled 650s or better this week, Jason Keller, Cliff Whitney, Ace Wiginton, Justin Haggerty, Greg Pullen and Darreyl Dixon.

Neldon Smith registered the week's only 700 series, a 702, on Thursday night. Neldon shot games of 222, 224 and 256 to collect his first 700 of the summer, and the center's fourth since the summer leagues began. Smitty's fourth game wasn't anything he would want to write home about, so we won't mention it here, either. In spite of his last game, he still finished the evening with a mid-range 800 series. Smitty raised his Thursday's average to a 202, up three pins from where he began competition, and moved into seventh place on the high average board. His 702 allowed him to climb to the No. 3 position on the three-game high series chart. His best four-game set, an 853, ranks 12th on that chart.

David Gholson came through with the week's second-best three-game series, a 689 shot on Sunday evening. Dave shot games of 217, 246 and 226, in the process. For Dave, this week's series is his best so far this summer. It ranks fifth on the three-game high series chart. Dave raised his Sunday average to a 209, to join with his 211 on Thursday. His 211 ranks fourth on the high average board, where he finds himself tied with David Strain. Gholson owns one of the six 900 four-game series shot in the Thursday Men's Trio league, a 909. It ranks sixth on the four-game high series chart. Gholson's highest game this summer is a 255, which holds 10th place on the high game list.

Jason Parmer filed the week's third-best series, a 685, shot on Sunday. Jason began the night with a 194 average, but finished the night with a 202, an increase of eight sticks, and a move from 13th to eighth place on the high average board. Sunday's series is Jason's best of the summer. It moved him into seventh place on the three-game high series chart. Jason's best four-game set is an 830, which holds 15th place on the four-game high series chart. Parmer's best game over the past four weeks is a 267, which places Jason in fifth place on the high game list.

Jason Keller finished the week nine pins behind Jason Parmer, shooting a 676 three-game series on Thursday. Keller posted games of 250, 233 and 197. His fourth game of the night was a 197, which allowed him to finish play with an 873. Jason is now tied with Darreyl Dixon for first place in average on Thursday, both having identical 216s, but are in second place on the center's high average board, one pin behind board leader, Allan Hague, and his 217 from the Sunday league. Keller's best three-game series this summer is a 682, which ranks ninth on the three-game high series chart, while his best four-game effort is an 889, which holds seventh place on that list. Keller's best game so far this summer is a 254, which places him 11th on the high game list.

Cliff Whitney shot one of the two 900 four-game series registered this week, a 910 from Thursday. His first three games totaled 666, with games of 216, 212 and 238. Cliff saved his best for last, shooting a 244 in Game 4 to give him his 910 for the night. Whitney raised his average to a 206, which moved him into a two-way tie with Becky Bowden for sixth place on the high average board. His 666 pushed him into a two-way tie with David Strain for 12th place on the three-game high series chart, while his best four-game undertaking, this week's 910, moved him up to fifth place on the four-game high series chart. Cliff's best game of the summer thus far is a 247, something he has done twice in four weeks. It places Whitney in 13th place on the high game list, where he joins Becky Bowden and James Allen.

Speaking of Becky Bowden, she posted the ladies' best series of the week, a 653 shot on Sunday. Becky booked scores of 235, 192 and 226. Becky's effort raised her average to a 206, which is tops for the ladies, and sixth best on the men's and ladies' combined high average board. Bowden's best series is a 667, which ranks 11th on the men's and ladies' combined three game high series chart, but is tops on the ladies' three-game chart. As mentioned earlier, Becky's best game is a 247, second-best on the ladies' high game list, nine pins behind daughter, Angela Allen, but ranks 13th on the combined high game list.

David Strain shot a 638 three-game series on Thursday, rolling games of 218, 224 and 196. He averaged 212. He began the night averaging 201. When Game 4 was in the books, he had averaged 231 for the evening. What he did was to shoot the highest single game of the summer, a 288, in his fourth game, giving him a 926 series for the night, the second 900 series shot Thursday. His game moved him to the top of the high game list. With his 926, David raised his average to a 211, fourth best on the high average board. The 926 moved Dave to second place on the four-game high series chart.

Others who bowled well this week include: Ace Wiginton (654/823), Justin Haggerty (652/826), Greg Pullen (652/820), Darreyl Dixon (651/890), James Allen (646/808 Thursday/639 Sunday), Richard Allen (643/824), Wes Campbell (629/832), Michael Burnett (619), Allan Hague (614), Charles Harred (603) and Nathan Crist (600).

Larry Mason writes a weekly column on the bowling leagues at Classic Lanes. His column appears on Tuesday.

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