The first day of state tournament began with some scores in the minor events, with Brian Gaskill putting up a 299 game in doubles, and Sean Richard throwing a 290 in singles.
As a local board member, I participated in the opening ceremony before the noon squad, with Bob Young being inducted to the state Hall of Fame posthumously for Meritorious Service, along with Jim Harger for Bowling Achievement. Hakim Emmanuel was also presented several gifts from Westgate Lanes and the local and state associations for his 900 series, along with his 300 and 900 rings.
Although the 3:30 squad later was relatively tame for scores, Brian Boghosian, the 1999 USBC Masters champion, had a flirtation with a 900 series of his own in the noon squad (team event), putting up back-to-back 300 games before ringing a 10 pin to start the third game and finishing up with a 258 for an 858 series that would have been the Westgate Lanes house record up until two months ago. Team event was also special for Ed Grossett, who picked the state tournament to throw his very first 300 game.
The tournament continues tomorrow.