Some reflections on Saturday’s West Coast Bowlers Tour event at Mission Hills Bowl in the San Fernando Valley:
Lefthander John Sowell not only distinguished himself by claiming his fourth WCBT title, but he showed remarkable consistency in his bowling. Shot after shot, Sowell placed his strike ball right in the pocket, resulting – more often than not – in explosive pin action that knocked down 10 pins.
Throughout his eight games of qualifying and four games in the finals, Sowell was unflinchingly accurate. The only question after he delivered his ball was whether the seven pin would stubbornly refuse to go down.
Sowell, 60, smoked a 278 in his first game of qualifying to set the tone for his day and blasted a 279 in his second game in the finals. He averaged 235 during the qualifying round and 236 in the finals.
Yes, he was consistent.
Sowell revealed that he had dedicated the tournament to his late mother, Felipa, who had died two years earlier. The day of the tournament was Felipa’s birthday.
“In my opinion, I was destined to win,” Sowell said, “and nothing was going to stand in my way.”
In another amazing show of consistency, Don Ketterling of Westlake Village maintained his eerie success bowling in the 10th frame.
Ketterling, known for his 10th-frame lightning, rolled a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame in each of his eight qualifying games. Furthermore, Ketterling rolled a turkey (three strikes) in the 10th on more than half of the qualifying games.
“That’s my frame,” Ketterling said.
Ketterling did not advance to the four-man finals after averaging 200 in qualifying.
For more information on the WCBT, see the website at http://www.westcoastseniortour.com or contact Dick Sanders, the WCBT owner and director, at 760-363-6064.