Ray Adams recovered from a dismal 129 second game in the championship round and rolled a tournament-high 225 to win the final tour stop of the Virginia Duckpin Professionals Association yesterday at Penn Daw Lanes in Alexandria.
The victory for the 27-year-old ironworker, who Saturday earned $200 for being named VPA bowler of the year, added another $500 for his two-day's work.
Adams had to bowl 23 games to reach the final against Richmond's Red Faglie, including a tough semi-finals series with fourth-place finisher Claude Case of Mayoden, N.C.
Case took the first game of the best-two-of-three series with a 162, 11 pins better than Adams' 151. But Case's game then fell apart; he followed with a 112 before dropping the final game to Adams.
Faglie topped Ronnie Atkins in a mild upset, besting his Richmond rival in two games. Faglie did not bowl particularly well in his semifinal match, averaging only 133.
In the final, Adams started like a woodchopper, carving away at the center pins and leaving the outside standing. However, when Faglie blew a spare opportunity in the fifth frame by missing the seven pin, Adams opened a big lead and won the game, 4 8-122.
But Faglie walloped Adams in the second game, turning in a 202. If the sudden turnabout by Faglie bothered Adams, it did not last long.
He started the final game with a spare and then hit five straight strikes.
With the small crowd cheering its hometown favorite, Faglie became unsettled and finished with a 131.
Adams' 225 was two pins under Penn Daw's house record of 227. "Before, when the pins were made of wood, " said Adams, "the top scores you would see were 157-158. Now, they are plastic, and the scores take off."
The victory was the first of the year for Adams and the prize money is good for this month's apartment rent. "That about it," said Adams. "You can't make a living from duckpin bowling, there's just not that many sponsors." c
Adams expressed some resentment with the public image of duckpin bowling. People get bored watching it. They want to see big scores like they see in tenpins. They don't realize that this takes much more skill."