Krafts capture USBC Open doubles title

March 2, 2014 

Phillip Kraft and George Kraft rolled a record 1,672 handicapped total to claim the doubles championship at the 74th Greater Lexington USBC Open Tournament at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland.

The Krafts' score topped the previous mark of 1,630 set by Brian Eve and Terry Page last year at Eastland.

Phillip Kraft paced the duo with an 846 actual series, including a perfect game, and George Kraft added a 664 for an actual total of 1,510. Their handicap of 162 pins gave them the record-breaking total and earned them $500 in prize money.

The team title went to the Fab 5, which also set a new tournament record of 3,727. The squad — Jeremy Spors, Stanley Shelton, Lenny Messer, Bill Craker and Danny Pittman — topped the old mark of 3,617 set in 2003 by the James Mullins Five. The victory earned the team $1,000. The On Time squad rolled a 3,668 to finish second.

Steven Poor won the singles championship with an 868 handicapped total and earned $300.

Darrel Hunt claimed the handicapped all events title with a nine-game total of 2,324 as well as the actual all events title with a 2,225. Hunt got $100 for each title.

Five perfect games were bowled in the tournament with Phillip Kraft being joined by Bill Carrithers Lloyd Jolly, Rob Geers, Andrew Magedanz and Melinda Craig.

Power Play captured the team title in the 69th Greater Lexington USBC Women's tournament for the second year in a row. The quartet of Teri Tucker, Jean Almaria, Pam Grimes and Melinda Craig rolled a 2,755 handicapped total and the team won $500. Second place went to the Pin Pals (2,727).

Celia Cooper took the singles crown on the strength of her first career 300 game. That highlighted a 713 series and Cooper won $300.

Cooper and Louise Black tied for first in doubles with Barbara Underwood and Carla Sparks with both pairs rolling a 1,412. Cooper won the handicapped all events title for the second year in a row with a 2,296. The actual all events crown was won by Melinda Craig with a 2,092.

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